State budget could impact Seneca East

ATTICA – Seneca East Board of Education met Monday evening, concerned over the lack of support from the state budget and its impact on the school system.

In a conversation about the financial report, the board learned the district is to continue to reduce expenditures as it has the past two years, but reductions may need “to be more substantial” if the current state budget is approved.

Superintendent Michael Wank discussed the state budget for education and that state funds are being diverted to private and for-profit education. He said he would write to state legislators to inform them how their “lack of leadership for education” is to negatively affect public education.

High School Principal Don Vogt discussed the updated curriculum for grades 6-12 and gave information on how the district is to continue to improve curricular options. Elementary Principal Brad Powers discussed student testing and the dynamics of using test results driving curriculum.

Tim Bowerman and Jay Forehand talked about coordinating times for community based teams to use the school’s facilities. Forehand offered to coordinate youth basketball teams and court times, but the board indicated the athletic director will work with other teams to coordinate times. Individuals are not permitted to use the facilities unless they join the YMCA at Seneca East due to liability.

Personnel issues were approved including:

Hire of Mary Haynes, tutor on as-needed basis for the remainder of school year.

Resignation/retirement of Pam Siesel, regular route bus driver effective Jan. 25.

Pam Siesel, substitute bus driver for remainer of school year.

Other business approved:

Contract with Northern Ohio Educational Computer Association for technology and communication service, July through June 30, 2018.

District interdistrict open enrollment policy for next school year, allowing open enrollment from all districts.

Executive session to reject all bids and re-advertise for farm land rental bids.

The board is to meet at 7 p.m. March 11 in the board office.