The Montpelier Board of Education met on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, for their monthly meeting. The meeting opened with a report from grades K-6 Principal Connie Graham, who passed out weekly newsletters to the board. She said that these are sent out electronically each week. Graham also discussed teacher evaluations and explained that all teachers are evaluated twice per year. She observes during classroom time. Teachers who have contracts coming up will have four evaluations. She expressed that it was wonderful to see the teachers doing what they do best.
Grade 7-12 Principal Su Thorp thanked the maintenance and custodial staff for all of their hard work keeping the building and the parking lot clean during this snowy winter. She then reported on the recent blood drive. There were 51 units of blood donated, which well exceeded the goal of 34 units. The Red Cross has instituted an incentive program for students who donate blood. If a student donates three times before graduation, they will receive red honor cords to be worn during graduation. If they add volunteer service hours, they will be entered into a $1000 scholarship drawing. For those who do all of this, plus referring five friends, they will receive a letter of recommendation from the Red Cross to the college of their choice. Students who donated also received t-shirts. Thorp told the board that if during their second school drive they receive at least 50 units of blood, a graduating senior will be awarded a $750 scholarship. In concluding her report, She said that because of the numerous school cancellations so far this school year, the third quarter had been bumped back to March 21.
Following the Treasurer’s report, the board approved the financial statements and investments for January 2014, including cash reconciliation, SM2, the investment report, financial report, general fund revenues and expenditures report, fund summaries, and the check register.
The following donations were approved: From miscellaneous donors – $61.00 to the 7-12 grade principal’s fun; from Midge Blake – $5 to archery; from the Robert Taylor family – $25 divided equally to the K-6 principal’s fund and the 7-12 principal’s fund; from Chase Brass – $1500, divided equally to boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball and wrestling; from an anonymous donor – $300 to football; from Parkview Physicians – $4650 to the Athletic Department; and donations ranging from $25 to $100 from 14 businesses and individuals totaling $1330 to the Class of 2015 for this year’s prom.
The board also approved a request to create fund 022-9500 for Ohio Athletic Association tournaments hosted by the District; approved a request to permit the CFO/Treasurer to request the County Budget Commission to make changes to the Amended Certificate as presented; and approved modifications to permanent appropriations for fiscal year 2014 as presented.
Approved by the board for employment/certified staff were the following:
- Jennifer Martin’s move to Master’s = 24 for the 2013-2014 school year.
- Joe Brigle to secure workers for high school and junior high school Ohio High School Athletic Association tournaments as needed for the 2013-2014 school year.
- Approved graduate hours for Katy Corkle and Timothy Ford for the 2013-2014 school year.
- Added Amanda Beck, Kyle McCarley, Amber Apt and Terry Lind to the substitute teacher list for the 2013-2014 school year.
- Approved the following supplemental contracts for the 2013-2014 school year:
Lance Thorp – Head Basketball
Timothy Ford – Assistant Basketball
Taylor Muehlfeld – Assistant Basketball
Troy Roth – Head Track
Anthony Coleman – Assistant Track
Blayne Bible – Assistant Track
Jason Johnston – JH Track
Lance Thorp – Game Manager
- Approved Alex Wheeler to the Montpelier Library Board of Trustees to fill the remainder of Joyce Smith’s term expiring December 31, 2013.
- Approved the resolution accepting the amount and rates determined by the Budget Commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the County Auditor.
- Approved the agreement to align with Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center for the 2014-2015 school year.
- Approve the agreement for service provided with the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center for the 2014-2015 school year.
Three students were recognized by their teachers noted board member Darrell Higbie during his Student Achievement Liaison Report. Connor Kerby was nominated for always working hard, and for doing his best work neatly and on time. Ethan Adams was chosen for being a good leader in the classroom. Chloe Martin was praised for her willingness to help others.
Christopher Wurm, Legislative Liaison for the Board, discussed three bills. Ohio House Bill 416 would add four calamity days to this school year if passed. Senate Bill 273, if successfully passed, would exclude high school seniors from makeup classes following their graduation. House Bill 113 would allow high school students to be excused from physical education classes if they participated in a school sponsored athletic program.
There was no business to be discussed in executive session, so the meeting was concluded in regular session. The board meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at 5:00 p.m.
Mont Students 3356, Mont Students 3357 -These students were recognized for classroom excellence: From left, Connor Kerby, Chloe Martin, and Ethan Adams.