New Riegel hears facility update

NEW RIEGEL — New Riegel Schools Superintendent Elaine Nye told school board members Monday night that Bowser Morner has provided her with reports every other day on progress of repairs to the facility. Due to the weather, last week was not very productive.

Regarding the litigation as a result of improperly completed work when the building was under construction, Nye said the district and the Ohio Schools Facility Commission have filed briefs and are awaiting the Ohio Supreme Court’s decision as to whether it will hear the case.

As elementary principal, Nye said 23 kindergarten students will be screened Friday and is asking parents to provide them with their decision by mid-June in case staffing changes need to be made. She also said the district may pick up another three dozen open enrollment students with St. Wendelin High School in Fostoria closing.

Principal Dave Rombach said four candidates to fill his position after he takes the reins of the school district Aug. 1 are to be interviewed by six staff members this week. Rombach is to conduct second interviews and a recommendation may be made at the June board meeting.

Upcoming events include the National Honor Society Banquet at 6 p.m. May 21, a teachers’ workday May 25 and Senior Awards Day and Luncheon at 11 a.m.May 28 followed by graduation at 2 p.m.

Grade cards for grades 7-12 will be mailed June 5.

School treasurer Jane Schalk said income tax revenues are up 4.1 percent for the year. Her five-year forecast estimates the district will finish fiscal year 2017 with $257,700 in revenues over expenditures but the next four years will end in deficit spending.

Of concern is Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s 2018-19 proposed budget, which reduces funding to the district by $116,625. The House of Representatives budget would cut the district’s funding by $21,620 but includes changes to Current Agricultural Use Valuation that would reduce its real estate tax revenue. Ohio school districts stand to lose $4 million in funding next year if the change is approved. The state Senate is to consider the budget bill next.

Athletic Board of Control liaison Cindy Hughes reported the Athletic Boosters netted $15,000 from its reverse raffle.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the five-year forecast as prepared.

• Approved appropriation adjustments totaling $492,600.

• Transferred $30,635.14 from the General Fund to the Bond Retirement series.

• Approved supplemental contracts.

• Entered into a contract with North Central Educational Service Center for preschool handicapped and typical preschool program, psychological, school nursing services and special education and gifted supervisors.

• Joined the Northwest Ohio Educational Research Council Inc. which includes two one-day workshops for the 2017-18 school year.

• Approved a contract with the Northern Ohio Educational Computer Association from July 1-June 30, 2018, for computer services.

• Approved a contract with the Northern Ohio Educational Computer Association July 1-June 30, 2018, for technical support services on an as-needed basis at a cost of $40 per hour plus travel expenses at $0.54 per mile.

• Entered into a 36-month contract with Perry Protech for managed print services at a base cost of $67.50 per month for 5,000 images with overages billed yearly at $.0135.

• Approved an overnight trip for FFA officers June 20-22 to Malta, Ohio.

• Accepted the bid from Rush Truck Center for the purchase of a 2017, 72-passenger school bus for $81,245 less a total trade-in allowance of $1,600 less an early-pay discount of $200 for a net bid of $79,445.

• Entered into agreement with Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Center to participate in excess costs of satellite programs (vocational-agriculture) for 2017-18.

• Approved workers for the OHSAA baseball and softball tournaments hosted by New Riegel School in May and to compensate them at a rate set by OHSAA or the minimum wage, whichever is greater.

• Approved a proposal from Reveal Litigation Visuals at a rate of $175 per hour for the preparation of 3D animation to communicate key aspects of ongoing litigation.

• Approved fundraisers for the 2017-18 school year.

• Approved a list of 32 seniors for graduation May 28.

• Approved a part-time, non-certified position for June 5-Aug. 18.

• Reviewed 27 board policies.

The board is to meet at 7 p.m. June 12.