Building project stays on mark

BASCOM – Hopewell-Loudon Board of Education began its meeting Wednesday night by honoring scholarship winner Gabrielle Brandt and Academic All-Ohio winner Cassandra Hohman.

Board Member Doug Ranker said the building project is on budget and on schedule. Only 40 percent of the contingency funds have been used thus far.

Elementary principal Jennifer Losey and Board Member Mary Ruth Crandall reported on the Heritage Committee’s progress. Losey said no more athletic trophies are to be auctioned. Once the trophy cases in the new building are filled, the issue may be revisited. Following a recent meeting, the idea of compiling oral histories from alumni was discussed. Crandall said the number of salvaged bricks – which are to be available for purchase – needs to be determined.

The board heard the first reading of proposed changes and additions to the district’s bylaws and policies.

The elementary school has been awarded a $32,860 grant for Early Literacy and Reading Readiness for the next school year.

“Hopewell was the only school in the area to receive the award,” Superintendent Nichole Jiran said.

In other news, the board took action to:

Continue membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the next year.

Approve a contract for special education services with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center.

Renew the contract for comprehensive membership and Learn 360 video streaming with Northwest Ohio Educational Technology for $2,090.70.

Approve class fees for elementary, junior and high school.

Approve the junior and high school student/parent handbooks.

Rescind a motion made in April to award mowing bids for 2013-2015 and rebid the contract for 2014.

Approve the demolition bid packages.

Approve all classroom volunteers for fields trips and other classroom activities pending passing FBI/BCI background checks.

Approve overnight trips for the varsity girls’ cross country team to Put-in-Bay in August and varsity boys’ basketball to Fort Wayne in July.

Approve the end of course exams for American History and American Government for 2013-2014.

Accept donations to the Ian Kuhn and Kakarala Scholarship funds.

Extracurricular, extended time, supplemental and unpaid volunteer contracts were re-instated with new contracts for Suzann Bodart National Honor Society advisor and half time student council and Adam Heckler as senior class advisor.

Elaine DiCesare was hired as fifth-grade teacher. The contract for Kelly Stahl was renewed for one year at the same rate of pay.

Classified contracts were approved for Angie Reinhart, continuing; Bonnie Valenti, Shelley Vance, David Hossler, Ed Depinet, William Johnson and Joseph Steve, two-year; and Paul Kline, one year.

Contracts for Deb Clouse, Mary Mora and Christine Hoover were not renewed.

The board is to meet at 6:30 p.m. June 12.