Mohawk BOE approves revised policies

Monday evening the Mohawk Board of Education took the final step in seeking the renewal of the district’s 1 percent income tax levy that expires in December 2015.

Nelle Nutter, elementary principal, reported the scores from the third reading test. The district achieved a 60 percent, above the state average. The 28 students who did not make the grade will attend a mandatory tutoring program Mondays and Wednesdays starting in January.

Treasurer Roy Swartz shared the effects of the recent re-valuation of real estate. Although the agricultural values increased 77 percent, there will be a reduction in state funds. Income tax revenues have regained pre-2009 levels. The district’s income has produced a flat budget.

Ken Ratliff, superintendent, introduced a policy for community use of the workout facility. The policy would make the facility available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to those who purchase a key card for $100.

Following a second reading, the board approved new and revised board policies and bylaws. These will be posted on the district website.

The board took action to:

Approve an agreement between Mohawk and Buckeye Central pertaining to the educational use requirements of the FCC.

Approve two overnight trips for the high school wrestling team.

Hire classified and certified substitutes.

Approve supplemental contracts for David Arter, Wendy Shellhouse and Don Shellhouse, assistant musical directors; Kate Niederkohr, musical director; and Bret Margraf, volunteer wrestling coach.

Create the Jay E. Watson Scholarship Fund with a donation of $1,555.

Authorize the district to apply to ODE for a waiver day Jan. 24.

Set the 2014 organizational meeting for 7 p.m. Jan. 13.

The board recognized Roger Luhring for his four years of service and Todd Price for his 12 years of service to the district.