H-L board hears athletic complex update

BASCOM – Wednesday evening, Dawn Bour, president of the Hopewell-Loudon Athletic Boosters, provided the board of education an update on the progress of the proposed athletic complex. She said the June 7 open house was a success.

Elementary Principal Jennifer Losey summarized proposed changes in the elementary student-teacher handbook. Most changes focus on more positive language. The dress code is to be more closely aligned with the junior high/high school dress code. Parents are to be asked to provide two working phone numbers. The library is to institute a “read down” library fines policy that will encourage students to read more.

Superintendent Nicole Jiran said more testing and expenses are needed for clean-up of the fuel tank at the old school site. A replacement of part of the roof drainage system is to be completed before school begins. Responsibility for the cost of the replacement is under discussion.

Jiran reviewed proposed graduation requirements, cost of post-secondary coursework and teacher evaluation options to be determined by the legislature.

TJD of Findlay is in charge of summer cleaning of the building, at a cost of $32,000. The job is to be completed in three weeks. Jiran said she anticipates a savings by outsourcing the cleaning.

Ginny Beaston presented a communication guide for the athletic department that is to be given to parents.

Guideline of hiring coaches 21 and older was discussed. Class rank is to be based on grade nine through first semester senior year. Valedictorian is not to be determined until after final grades are computed. If there are two valedictorians, there will not be a salutatorian.

In other news, the board:

Approved renewal of liability, property, violence and fleet insurance from Ohio School Plan at the cost of $28,692.

Accepted donations from the H-L Athletic Boosters, the Linde Corporation and Todd and Donelle Jacquot.

Approved the Early Childhood Education Program.

Approved contract for services from Northern Ohio Education Computer Association.

Approved the junior high/high school student-parent handbook.

Set junior high/high school fees and fees for grades 1-6 at $30 and kindergarten fees at $25.

The board adjourned to a second executive session.

In personnel matters, a list of substitute classified employee and supplemental contracts and volunteer coach positions were approved. MaryK Miarer was hired as part-time English teacher.

The board is to meet at 6:30 p.m. July 9.