H-L school to be dedicated Sunday

BASCOM – Sunday is to be the grand unveiling of the new Hopewell-Loudon School. The dedication ceremony is set for 2 p.m. and an open house is to follow.

Jen Losey reported on the Heritage Committee’s projects. The Herm Valentine clock has been installed and the Lions Club hopes to have the old school bells mounted on the school grounds. The class composite photos are being digitized to be viewed on the district’s website and TV channel. The original photos are to be prepared for safe storage.

Building tours are to be offered at 5 p.m. before each home football game.

The Bascom Joint Ambulance District donated four AEDs to the district.

The high school and middle school Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday night. The parents meeting for seventh- and eighth-grade students is to be at 5:30-6:30; ninth- and 10th-grade at 6:30-7:30 and 11th- and 12th-grade at 7:30-8:30. Schedules may be picked up and fees paid at this event.

Dawn Bour, representing the H-L Athletic Booster Club, shared with the board plans for a future athletic complex. Plans include a turf field, eight-lane all-weather track and weight room. The complex would be located south of the new school and not in the flood plain. The cost is estimated at $2.5 million to $3 million. The construction would be totally paid for through donations.

The board unanimously said “Go for it” and gave the boosters permission to begin seeking donations.

In personnel matters, the board hired Ginni Beaston as administrator for special projects, Jennifer Sharp as Spanish instruction and Paul Kline as bus driver.

The board accepted the resignation of Brian Rothrock as head baseball coach.

In other business, the board:

Approved a contract with Wood County Juvenile Residential Center of Northwest Ohio for services.

Revised the Foundation contract for $274,679.

Declined sending delegates to the Ohio School Board Association Conference as a cost saving measure.

Approved contracts to North Central Ohio Educational Service Center for audiology services, hearing impaired, visually impaired, truancy officer and adaptive physical education.

Accepted donations for the H-L athletic boosters and Ed Kuhn Sr.

Approved substitute teacher list submitted by the NCOESC.

Hired substitute classified employees and supplemental contracts.

The board adjourned to lengthy executive session.

The board is to meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11.