NR parents hear of PSO rule

NEW RIEGEL – New Riegel Principal Dave Rombach said a meeting recently took place with parents of students participating in post secondary educational options classes.

Newly adopted policy that states online students must sign out of the facility as well as students attending classes at a brick-and-mortar university or college was explained and received well, he said. Thirty five families attended.

Superintendent Elaine Nye confirmed a new sports league, Sandusky River League, would include New Riegel, St. Joseph Catholic School, Lakota, Calvert Catholic School, Old Fort and St. Mary Catholic School. The league’s goal remains to have eight football schools and two or three non-football schools.

The new league commences in the 2014-15 school year. Therefore, New Riegel still will be playing in the MAL next year. Schools are meeting Feb. 20 to create a constitution, by-laws and operating procedures as well as determine who the league commissioner may be.

Treasurer Jane Schalk reported New Riegel’s state funding is guaranteed to be $1,850,000 for the next three years. Transportation funding totaling $92,000 has been removed and she noted funding would have to be bumped up by $578,000 to match last year’s amount. She also said the state budget is a long way from being finalized.

Schalk said she was pleased to note income tax collections had increased by 10 percent.

Rombach’s report included an upcoming Right to Read week March 4-8 with the theme “Reading is Out of This World.” Janet Ink’s third-grade class is to present facts about various presidents Feb. 22, Washington’s birthday.

He announced Jacket Company’s dinner show is 7:30 p.m. March 9 and the National Machinery Awards take place at 7:30 p.m. March 18 at Mohawk High School.

A health survey from the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio is to be given to eighth- and 10th-graders Feb. 25 to assess health risk behavior of 12- to 75-year-olds. Parents are able to opt out of the survey.

This weekend, New Riegel eighth-grade and freshmen boys basketball teams are in the MAL finals. During the last varsity basketball game Friday, several sports recognitions are to be awarded.

In other business, the board:

Approved a $400,000 certificate of deposit at First National Bank for 24 months earning 0.75 percent interest.

Established an Ohio Resident Educator Fund.

Accepted grants totaling $3,533.55.

Amended appropriations.

Transferred $7,745.60 from the General Fund to the Permanent Improvement Fund, which is the amount received from the casino tax.

Approved membership in the Ohio School Boards Association at a cost of $3,053.

Accepted amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission to authorize the necessary tax levies and certify them the to the county auditor.

Approved a five-year contract for Dennis Kline, maintenance supervisor II, effective March 3.

Approved a “no contact” period for all New Riegel school organizations June 30-July 6.

Increased Title I time for Dawn Laird and Linda Salvati from 33 percent to 50 percent, effective March 11 through the end of the school year.

Approved a calendar for the 2013-14 school year.

The board next meets at 7 p.m. March 11.