Board hears parents’ concerns

OLD FORT – Several parents of students entering the sixth grade attend the Old Fort Board of Education meeting Monday night. Kristin Woodall asked if Old Fort schools are to share principals with Bettsville schools. Patty Frey also voiced concerns regarding the possibility of sharing principals.

Superintendent Jude Meyers said sixth grade students are to attend an orientation session and have support staff available to assist them if needed. Meyers also said nothing has been finalized with Bettsville at this time. Seven-12 Principal Shane Jacoby said sixth graders are to remain in their classroom, but three teachers are to move from classroom to classroom to teach.

In another matter, the board unanimously approved a resolution to put a 1 percent school district income tax levy renewal on the ballot.

In his building report, Jacoby announced:

Transition of sixth graders has begun.

Handbook changes reviewed with board members.

Possible early graduation for one student.

Increase in lunch prices.

Changes in dress code.

Jaime Pearson, treasurer, gave the treasurer’s report and recommendations.

The board approved donations, including:

$54.83 form Old Fort Elementary PTO for award certificates.

$276.44 from Old Fort Elementary PTO for track and field T-shirts.

$24 from Old Fort Bank for spring sports schedules.

Pearson said $100,000 was received recently from personal property taxes. Although the Ohio Senate passed a budget, Pearson said Old Fort Schools did not receive an increase.

Board members discussed property, fleet and liability insurance plans. Pearson shared the comparison between the current policy and United Insurance. Members agreed to a price comparison prior to paying the premium due July 1. A contract for insurance services is July 1-June 30, 2014. Board members also discussed staying in compliance with bus driver recertifications.

In order to comply with U.S. Department of Agriculture requirements, the board approved increases in lunch prices beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. Grades K-3 will go from $2.20 to $2.30 and grades four-12 will go from $2.45 to $2.50.

Board members are to wait on a decision about using credit cards to pay for school lunches and other fees as they wait for more information on fees.

The board approved:

Final appropriations resolution and amended certificate for FY13 as submitted.

Temporary appropriations during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, as submitted.

The board entered into executive session for the purposes of compensation of personnel and no action was taken.

Meyers said the dishwasher is to be replaced prior to the upcoming school year. The estimated cost is $8,000-$9,000. Estimates also are needed to seal the gym floor.

Staff contracts and recommendations approved by board members included:

Elaine Magers, head cook, extended an additional 10 days of employment during the 2013-2014 school year.

Extended supplemental contracts.

Resignations of Thomas Weaver, science teacher; Krystina Pratt, intervention specialist; Margaret Pope, music accompanist; Morgan Buurma, intervention specialist; John Rader, high school math teacher and athletic director.

Board members approved the student handbooks for elementary and high school. Also approved were the social studies end-of-course exams for American history and American government. Board members also approved several policies which brought them in compliance with Ohio Revised Code, bylaws and changes in legislation.

The board is to meet July 8.