Included on the agenda for the Wauseon Board of Education for their July 21 meeting was the review and approval of the workbook fees for students for the 2014-15 school year. The fees, some seeing increases and others seeing decreases, are as follows for the upcoming school year:
Kindergarten – $28
First Grade – $27
Second Grade – $20
Third Grade – $38
Fourth Grade – $40
Fifth Grade – $45
Sixth Grade – $30
Seventh Grade – $18
Eighth Grade – $0
Fees for high school students will remain dependent upon individual class schedules.
The Board also several financial measures during the meeting, including the passage of three resolutions:
~ Resolution 14-07-09; A Resolution Providing for the Issuance and Sale of Bonds in the Maximum Principal Amount of $5,160,000 for the Purpose of Refunding at a Lower Interest Cost Certain of the School District’s Outstanding Classroom Facilities and School Improvement Bonds, Series 2007, Dated March 7, 2007
~ Resolution 14-07-10; A Resolution Providing for the Issuance and Sale of Bonds in the Maximum Principal Amount of $9,450,000 for the Purpose of Refunding at a Lower Interest Cost Certain of the School District’s Outstanding Classroom Facilities and School Improvement Bonds, Series 2007, Dated March 7, 2007
~ Resolution 14-07-11; A Resolution Providing for the Issuance and Sale of Bonds in the Maximum Principal Amount of $5,500,000 for the Purpose of Refunding at a Lower Interest Cost Certain of the School District’s Outstanding School Improvement Refunding Bonds, Series 2004, Date as of October 1, 2004.
The purpose of the three resolutions is to allow the district to obtain the bonds already held by the district at a better interest rate. The end effect will be in the tax payers seeing some money saved. How much money can be saved is yet to be determined as the entirety of the process will take some time and rates may fluxuate.
Other financial matters approved by the Board included the bills, financial reports, and investments as presented; a $25,000 advance to the Uniform School Supply Fund from the General Funda $30 transfer from the Burr Road Yearbook Fund to the WHS Chief Yearbook Fund; Matt Hutchison as a signer on the Wauseon Athletic Checking Account for FY15; and the acceptance of donations. $500 from the Class of 1978 to the John S. Tiffany Scholarship Fund and $100 from Dennis and Rebecca Peabody to the Tommy the Transit Fund were both accepted with gratitude. Several change funds were also established for FY15, a measure standard in the preparations for a new school year.
The authorization of several “Then and Now” certificates were also approved. The certificates included invoices for Wilbur-Ellis/Betz Farms ($2551.83), Betz Farms ($816.20), Falor Farm ($11,605.77), Nofziger Farm Service ($1,754.14); Ohio ACTE ($375.00), Pioneer Manufacturing ($1803.50), XCEL Seed ($58.80), Concept Printing ($69.00), and Northwest State Community College ($40,169.00).
Also approved by the Board and in keeping with preparations for the start of a new school year were several NEOLA Bylaw Policy additions, revisions, and replacements. The majority are in relation to keeping current with legal statutes and language, including that involved with changing health insurance laws.
Personnel items approved by the Board included certificated one year limited non-athletic supplemental contracts for Mindy Cheney, Jennifer Grime, Brad myers, Lori Puehler, and Amy Warncke as Teacher Mentors for the 2014-15 school year. A one year outside athletic supplemental contract to Landon Schaffner as a 7th Grade Football Coach for the 2014-15 school year was also approved pending the receipt of a clean BCI/FBI background check and Pupil Activity Permit. A one year limited classified contract for Jo Dee Aeshliman as the WES Secretarial Assistant for the 2014-15 school year was also approved.
A request for a non-paid leave of absence from Jakob Bills, ELL Coordinator, effective September 20, 2014 through the end of the 2014-15 school year, returning at the start of the 2015-16 school year was also approved. Bills will be taking the time to partake in the opportunity to work overseas, an opportunity that Superintendent Larry Brown commented was one that would prove most beneficial to Bills in his future teaching of English as a Second Language. The resignation of Alex Schmidt as the Girls’ Head Tennis Coach, effective July 2, 2014 was also approved as were several individuals to act as chaperones/staff for the 2014 band camp.
The Board entered into Executive Session for the discussion of the employment of personnel with no action being taken. The next regular Board of Education meeting will be held on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 5:30 PM in the Board Office.