Hopewell-Loudon organizes board

BASCOM – The Hopewell-Loudon Board of Education began the new year by re-electing Linda Depinet as president and Sandy Reinhart as vice president.

Committee assignments will continue with Depinet and Mary Ruth Crandall on the athletic council; Crandall and Doug Ranker on the facilities team; Greg Siebenaller and Reinhart on finance; Ranker and Depinet on the policy committee; legislative liaison is Reinhart and student achievement liaison, Depinet. The board will continue to meet on the second Wednesday of each month.

Siebenaller announced this is to be his 19th and final year on the board. He will not seek re-election.

John Miller of Touchstone gave a project update. The exterior of the building is nearing completion. Second floor classrooms are almost ready for the installation of ceiling pads. Gym floors are on hold, waiting for the installation of the lighting. By the end of March there should be a fully functional kitchen. The facility should be online with the new sewer system by mid May.

ACT preparation classes are to be offered to H-L students during the final week of February. Principal Bill Dobbins said there is no cost for these sessions.

Superintendent Nicole Jiran read a statement saying Hopewell-Loudon is committed to the MAL and the BBC.

Jiran is working with the insurance company to do a temporary fix on the portion of the roof that has blown off. A permanent repair will be completed when the old building is demolished.

The district is to receive $18,793 from casino revenues for 2012, reported treasurer Veronica Reinhart.

The board discussed suggested changes and additions to board policy and by laws. Several items were pulled for further study. A second reading and approval is scheduled for the February meeting.

The board accepted the retirements of Teresa Miller, Catherine Kelbley and Joni Jordan effective November 2013.

Supplemental contracts were approved for Elaine Nye, gifted coordinator, and Jeremy Nutter, junior varsity baseball.

Donations from the H-L Athletic Boosters for uniforms for the cheerleaders and boys basketball were accepted.

The board is to meet in special session at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 16 for the purpose of awarding contracts for the new facility.