Third-grade service projects to continue

Bonnie Daniel


NEW RIEGEL – Superintendent Elaine Nye said during Monday evening’s New Riegel Board of Education meeting that the service learning project for third-graders is to continue. Students have been visiting residents at Good Shepherd Home in Fostoria for several years where they have been developing relationships through crafts and activities. They are planning more challenging projects for next year.

Students have shared poetry, a song or some type of entertainment in the past. Expenses for transportation have been covered by the parent teacher organization and the Academic Booster Club for two years.

Nye said with open enrollment students, the fourth grade would have 27 students in the classroom. When a class has more than 25 students, an aide is necessary for that classroom. The board approved the hiring of an aide for a 90-minute session each day.

Nye also said All Saints Parish is willing to share the cost of resurfacing the parking lot in front of the junior high gymnasium, not to exceed $5,000.

Board member Scott Hohman asked about follow-up of graduates attending college or in the workforce. She said surveys have been sent to graduates in the past and Nye may do that again. Hohman feels it would be a good tool for recruiting students.

Treasurer Jane Schalk said the cafeteria was profitable last year for the first time. Prices for meals were raised two years ago and staff hours reduction was helpful.

Athletic Board of Control liaison Cindy Hughes said the long jump record of 20 foot, 2 inches held by coach Adam Bumb was broken this year by Tim Ink when he jumped 20 feet, 4 inches.

In other action, the board:

Amended 2014 appropriations.

Approved 2015 temporary appropriations.

Approved enrollment in the Ohio School Comp 2015 Workers’ Compensation group rating program for workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation claim management services with an enrollment fee of $630.

Approved the transfer of $1,628.76 from the General Fund to the Termination Benefits Fund.

Approved supplemental contracts for the 2014-15 school year.

Established pay for retiree Steve Bouillon as junior high athletic director for 1/8th day for 184 days and as spring high school athletic director for 1/8th day for 28 days.

Approved the one-year limited extended-time contract to Jamie Lininger as high school athletic director for nine additional days.

Approved the use of a school bus by All Saints Parish June 29 at a rate of $1.04 per mile plus cost of the driver.

Approved a two-year limited contract for Mark Theis, transportation director/assistance maintenance, commencing Monday.

The board is to meet at 7 p.m. July 14.