Hopewell-Loudon board dicusses athletics, New York trip schedule

BASCOM The Hopewell-Loudon Board of Education had a lengthy discussion Wednesday evening about selling advertising at the athletic venues. The discussion ranged from whether to have any advertising anywhere to charges and length of contracts and locations.

No decision was reached. The superintendent was charged with developing a policy to present to the board at the next board meeting.

Dawn Bour, representing the booster club, shared with the board new plans for baseball dugouts. The new plans include in-ground dugouts to be moved back from the field and nearer third base. Safety of the players was the reason for the changes. This new plan will increase the cost by about $3,000.

The board approved the new plan and gave the go ahead to begin demolition of the old dugouts.

The parents’ meeting for athletes in winter sports is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday. Parents were reminded the required forms and videos are available on the school’s website.

Superintendent Nicole Jiran discussed the process of hiring student workers to assist with after school and after events custodial chores. This is to save the district money in overtime costs.

Jiran announced the State of the School meeting is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 30.

The district is to use grant funds to buy radios for all safety personnel.

Treasurer Veronica Reinhart told the board the district is to face $12,000 in Obamacare fees. If employees chose one of the health exchange options, the costs would increase.

Elementary Principal Jen Losey explained a dangerous piece of playground equipment is to be replaced by the manufacturer.

Principal Bill Dobbin presented the itinerary for the senior class trip to New York City, which is scheduled for the last week in March. The board gave its approval.

The board accepted donations from the H-L Athletic Boosters for the wrestling and softball teams as well as from Evelyn Weller and Celestia Wade Memorials.

In personnel matters, the board accepted resignations and approved employment of supplemental contracts.

The next regular meeting is set for Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m.