Lakota board lauds hires for new school year

After an executive session to discuss the hiring of new personnel at the beginning of the regular school board meeting Monday evening, Lakota Local Schools board members presented a list of new hires for the 2014-15 school year.

In attendance were three of the new teachers: Sheri Ochs, who was hired as a kindergarten teacher for the upcoming school year; Rachel Duncan, third-grade teacher; and the new agriculture teacher, Valerie Karhoff. All three said they are excited to start, and board members congratulated them and the other hires.

Board member Tim Woodruff said the volleyball camp for fifth- through eighth-graders was in session and that band camp for middle school and high school is coming up in a couple of weeks. Boys

basketball camp starts next week.

Treasurer Jennifer Hedrick said, while the end of the year proved to be a challenge, the forecast officially closed without issue. The school received extra funds from Medicaid for therapies provided on campus for eligible students.

Things are looking good for the next school year, Hedrick said.

In other news, the board moved to approve the adoption of a calamity day alternative make-up plan for the upcoming school year.

The board also extended gratitude for the anonymous donation of football helmets to the athletic department.

Also, school fees are to remain the same for the new year.

Superintendent Jon Detwiler noted new legislation has been passed to extend the evaluation period for teachers who have the highest score from once a year to every three years.

He said he would leave it to the district’s principals whether they continued with yearly evaluations.

The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 in the staff dining room at the school.