NR prepares for school year

NEW RIEGEL – New Riegel Local School welcomes students back Aug. 21. An open house is set for 6-7 p.m. Monday evening for parents and children to meet teachers, bring in school supplies and pick up schedules for grades 7-12.

Over the summer, the gym floor was completely repainted, all buses have passed annual inspection and upgrades were made to the water system, installing copper and brass pipes.

Superintendent Elaine Nye reported on the district’s preliminary 2013 report card that looks at achievement, performance index, gap closing and graduation rate. Looking at all indicators, the district should receive an A grade.

Principal Dave Rombach spoke about teacher evaluations. Half of the evaluation will depend on student growth and half will be determined by principal observation in the classroom.

Treasurer Jane Schalk said the district has saved $7,830 in electrical costs since changing to First Energy as its supplier and making changes to the school’s lighting system. She said it also may qualify to receive supplemental transportation funds and is to apply for grants in September for making safety enhancement improvements at the school.

Commissioner to the Boy Scouts of America scout masters, Don Piper, approached the board seeking permission to recruit boys to increase membership in the organization. A program is to be scheduled to speak with students.

In other action, board members:

Established the class of 2019 fund.

Discussed the delivery mode of the district’s newsletter.

Discussed member qualifications for the Vanguard-Sentinel board.

Accepted the amounts and rates as determined by the Seneca County budget commission and to authorize the necessary tax levies for fiscal year 2014.

Approved the 2013-14 student cleaners to be compensated at the Ohio minimum wage.

Approved the amended motion to compensate Jennifer Conner, Cynthia Downey and Casey Losey to $15 an hour for serving on the Local Professional Development Committee.

Compensated positions per the negotiated rates for detention-after school and Saturday- $15 per hour; elementary music programs- $15 per hour; Intervention Assistance Team member- $10 per hour, limit two meetings monthly.

Approved the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center lists and updates of substitute teachers and aides.

Entered into contract with Logan County Educational Service Center for teacher of the visually impaired for next school year for $10,285 plus $450 mileage.

Joined Northwestern Ohio Educational Research Council Inc. for next year at a cost of $200. Membership includes three one-day workshops.

Entered into agreement with the North Central Educational Service Center for truancy officer services.

Hired Mary Yeager as curriculum consultant for 30 days service beginning July 1 at a rate of $260 per day.

Approved supplemental positions for next school year.

The board of education is to meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 9.