Mohawk school board prepares for school start

SYCAMORE – Back-to-school plans dominated the discussion at the Mohawk Board of Education meeting Monday evening.

Elementary class lists are to be posted at the school Aug 1, principal Nelle Nutter said. Open house for grades K-6 is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 18 with Meet the Team to follow. Seventh-graders and students new to the junior high or high school are invited to visit the school at 6:30.

The elementary school is to move to a nine-period day. The extra time is to be dedicated to developing keyboarding and computer skills. Nutter said the change is to prepare students for the online PARCC testing.

High school principal Brett Graham described changes to the dress code as “a sign of the times.” Body piercings and tattoos that are not offensive or disruptive are to be permitted. Parking permits are to cost $5 this year.

In his report, Superintendent Ken Ratliff said Ohio Department of Transportation approved the re-opening of the MCI north drive. Once the grading and paving is completed, there is to be a one-way, circular drive. Replacement of the wooden visitors bleacher has begun, the roof repair of the field house is underway and coaches are reviewing track resurfacing. Ratliff is to meet with representative of Brewer-Garrett to discuss options for repairing or replacing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

After researching plans to improve access to the home bleachers, Ratliff recommended a complete overhaul of the entry steps and the addition of handicap ramps be scheduled for next year.

In other news, the board agreed to:

Accept the McGowan Governmental Underwriters’ bid of $32,452 for liability, vehicle and property insurance.

Direct the treasurer to allocate 20 percent of the net income tax proceeds collected during 2015 to the Permanent Improvement Fund.

Approve a resolution by the Mohawk Community Library declaring the necessity for a levy in excess of the 10-mill limitation.

Approve membership in The Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding at the rate of $480.50.

Adopt the revised non-certified pay scale including changes to the mechanics’ hourly rate.

Enter into an agreement with North Central Ohio Education Service Center for reimbursement of Medicaid-eligible expenses.

The board is to meet at 7 p.m. Aug 25.