At their June 25th Regular Meeting, the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education took on a number of issues to prepare the district for the coming school year. The meeting opened with Board members providing a number of committee reports.
Included in this discussion was the renewal of two levies. By a vote of 5-0, Board members approved a “Resolution of Necessity” regarding the renewal of a five-year 1.2 mill permanent improvement levy and the renewal of a five-year 3.9 mill operating levy. This is the first step toward getting these levy renewal issues on the November 5, 2013 ballot. “The renewals of these two levies are critical for the district moving forward. Voters would not see any increase in their taxes if these renewals are approved,” said Superintendent Guy Parmigian.
The permanent improvement levy dollars are earmarked for long-term investments such as paving and flooring projects. Operating levy dollars are used for general operations of the district such as the training of staff and the payment of utility bills. Board President Heather Dewitz announced that a Levy Renewal Committee was being formed to educate the community about the two levy renewal issues that will be on the ballot. Any citizens interested in serving on this committee are invited to attend a meeting that will be held on Tuesday, August 6th at 7 p.m. at the Board of Education Office.
In other business, the Board approved supplemental contracts for staff, and one-year limited contracts for a number of teachers to replace teachers who retired. The teachers include Amy Sandrock, Lauren Boss, and Kelly Traver at Oak Harbor Middle School, along with Megan McGuire and Eric Dusseau at Oak Harbor High School. The Board also approved a two-year administrative contract for John Knapp who will serve as assistant principal at R.C. Waters Elementary School. As part of his additional duties, Mr. Knapp will oversee the district’s community education program. The Board also approved the transfer of Angela Lewis into the position of Library Assistant at Oak Harbor High School.
Next, an expenditure of $12,000 in Race to the Top Grant funds was also approved to be paid to B-C-S teachers this summer so that they can get training and engage in planning to be better prepared to implement new state learning standards for students. The expenditure of these funds is part of the district’s ongoing commitment to provide high-quality training and professional development for teachers. B-C-S School District’s investment in teacher professional development regarding new learning standards will help them to be better prepared to help kids reach higher levels of achievement in the classroom.
Board members also approved a number of contracts, including an agreement with Port Clinton City Schools to share the services of Food Service Director Nyla Denman between the two districts. Board members were excited about this new shared services venture, which will create efficiencies in both school districts and save the B-C-S School District approximately $25,000. B-C-S, Port Clinton and Mrs. Denman are committed to working together to ensure the success of this progressive partnership.
Board members also approved contracts with Northern Ohio Educational Computer Association, North Point Educational Service Center for various educational services, and approved a purchase agreement with the Benton Township Board of Trustees for the sale of approximately 3.7 acres of vacant land (at $2,000 per acre) located directly behind Graytown School. The Benton Township Trustees must now act to approve the purchase agreement before the sale is finalized. The Board of Education is currently in talks for the sale of the Graytown School building and the Carroll School building.
The Board also approved student and staff handbooks and Student Athletic Training Rules for the coming school year, in addition to student fees and student lunch prices for the 2013-2014 school year.
In Treasurer’s Business, the Board approved Mr. Coffman’s monthly financial report. The Treasurer’s reports are available online at the district’s website: www.bcssd.com. The Board also approved temporary appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014, which begins July 1st.
The next Regular Meeting of the B-C-S Board of Education is slated for July 23 at 5 p.m.at the Board of Education Office.