The $2.5 million campus expansion at the Montpelier School has run into a temporary technical snag. District Superintendent, Dr. Jamison Grime, explained the details at the January 10 meeting of the Montpelier Exempted Village Board of Education.
“We worked over Christmas Break,” Dr. Grime explained. “I had engineers and architects in here, and the hold-up that we’re having is coming up with a plan to get utilities from this building, out to that building. We want to make sure that if someone pulls the fire alarm in this building, it goes off in that building. We want to make sure that if there’s a class going on out there and the office needs to get ahold of them, that the paging system from this building goes out there. I would say that we’re two weeks away from being done. If we get there, and can squeeze in a special Board meeting, I’ll try to get that done. If it’s pushing the February Board meeting, we might as well wait until then. It’s one of those things that I’m not happy about it, but if you rush the process and make a mistake, what was the point?”
Prior to commencement of the meeting, the Board convened for their annual reorganizational meeting. That meeting saw the election of Darrell Higbie as Board President, and Cristopher Wurm as Board Vice-President for 2017. Debra Clum was named to serve as 2017 Student Liaison, and Jeremy Clinger was tabbed to serve as Legislative Liaison. The Board approved Ennis Roberts Fischer Co., L.P.A.; Dinsmore and Shohl LLP , and Bricker and Eckler LLP as legal counsels for the district, and approved the 2017 Board meeting dates and times, which will continue as the second Tuesday of the month at 5:00, with the exception of the months of June and November. The Board also appointed Mr. Higbie to the Four County Career Center Board of Education for a three year term beginning January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2019.
As part of the regular session agenda, the Board agreed to a depository agreement with Farmers and Merchants State Bank for the period of January 12, 2017 until January 11, 2022. In personnel matters, the Board moved Katie McCarty and Fara Neff to Bachelor’s +30, Megan Shilling and Elisha Siegel to Bachelor’s +15, and Marjory Snyder to Master’s Degree for the 2016-2017 school year. Michael Moyseenko was approved as a light and sound technician for the 2016-2017 school year at $25.00 per hour for the first hour per day, and $10.00 per hour after the first hour, with a time sheet to be presented. The Board also rehired Susan Cliffton as a cook on a limited contract at Step 1, effective April 3, 2017 to May 24, 2017, and named Blayne Bible, Anthony Coleman and Travis Smith as 2016-17 winter weight room coordinators at 1/3 time each.
As part of his report, Elementary Principal Lance Thorp reported that student peer mediation will be beginning shortly. “We have a lot of little things that happen throughout the day, and kids don’t see eye-to-eye,” Mr. Thorp said. “Our guidance counselors are really doing this for us. They’ve been training some of our students on how to mediate that. It will be interesting to see how these students help other students get through these minor problems.”
High School Principal Su Thorp reported, “The teachers of juniors are already focusing on preparing them for the ACT. All juniors are going to be required to take the ACT this spring. It’s a state initiative, and one of the pathways for graduation. The state will pay for that, and if they choose to retake to try to get a higher score, the cost will then be on the student and the parents.”
The Board retired into executive session, and with no actions being taken as a result, moved for adjournment upon return to regular session.
Timothy Kays can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org