Stryker School Board Discusses Bus Garage Lease Purchase Options, All-Weather Track Surface Soon To Be Laid

PHOTO CAPTION: Students from Mrs. Jimenez’ government class was in attendance for the Monday evening board meeting. Students waited patiently in the hall outside of the art room as the board was in executive session. Pictured are Luke Graber, Collin Blosser, Hannah Doehrmann, Hunter Clingaman and Austin Robison. 


A light agenda made an easy evening for the Stryker school board that met in regular session on Monday October 15.

The board members entered into executive session after 15 minutes of the light agenda to discuss the consideration of purchase or lease of property.

Namely, the possible purchase of the building currently used as the bus garage on loan by Harley Burkholder, former owner of T&M Supply.

Board president Jeff Erb made the first motion for Treasurer Richelle Oberlin and Superintendant Johnson to pursue the paperwork for the lease purchase options of the bus garage.

“Harley Burkholder has been letting [the district] use one of his buildings that we would like to purchase for our bus garage” states Johnson. “The end of December will be one year that he has allowed us to use the building at no cost.

“He has been very generous. Nothing is official yet, but we have been directed to move forward,”

More exciting news for the district is the update given by Johnson of the athletic complex at the south end of town. A project that has been in the works for many years now, finally, the asphalt will soon be laid pending the cooperation of Mother Nature.

“So far we are on schedule. The biggest determination for the all-weather surface portion is the temperatures. We need a consistent 7-10 days of 50 degrees or warmer [temperatures] before that will be applied and they will guarantee it. If we don’t get that, worst case scenario we would be looking at the spring. But we kind of knew that when we started the project,” states Johnson.

Short Street will also be paved, pending weather cooperation as well. It is expected to occur from October 18th-24th. The location for the elementary student drop-off will change to the current bus drop-off location, with the bus drop-off location being changed to enter the east entrance and park along the front.

The parking lines on the west end of the north parking lot will also be reversed.

In other news:
•Stryker Band Boosters donated $79.95 for supplies
•Matt Purdue Memorial donated $475 for baseball awards
•James Rivello DBA McDonald’s restaurants donated $617.72
•Richelle Oberlin will attend the Public Records Training
•Student Leadership Conference held on October 24th
•Volleyball tournament start October 16th at Archbold HS
•Elementary Quiz Bowl will be held on October 25th at Montpelier
•OGT testing will be October 22-26
•End of 1st 9 weeks: October 26
•Band Reverse Raffle drawing will be held November 17th at 6 pm
•High school play will hold 3 performances October 26-28
•PSAT administered on October 17th
•Community Christmas for Kids hosted by Stryker School & Mix 98.1 will be November 15th
•Elementary and Jr. High band concert November 15th at 7 pm in the auditorium
•Parent/Teacher conference to begin November 15th
•School wide 2 hr delay for teacher in-service on November 16th
•Williams County HS Quiz Bowl will be held on November 16th
•Stryker schools and Stryker police department working together with 5 students volunteering as crossing guards
•Recommended to the board to approve Dave Tingley, weight room monitor and Lisa Frey, classified and bus driver substitute pending BCI/FBI background check
•Board working on a Superintendant Evaluation System project and District Vision/Mission Statement

The board will meet on November 19th at 6:30 pm in the art room.

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