H-L school board welcomes new members

BASCOM — Hopewell-Loudon Board of Education welcomed new board members Jill Beidelschies, Rick Osterwalder and Justin Wyman at Wednesday evening’s meeting.

Kevin Kreais was appointed president and Wyman was appointed vice president. The board is to continue to meet in the conference room at 6:30 pm on the second Wednesday of the month.

Treasurer Jennifer Hedrick was authorized to receive and invest district funds.

The following committee assignments were made: athletic council, Wyman and Beidelschies; facilities, Kreais and Osterwalder; finance, Kreais and Wyman; free/reduced lunch hearing officer, Karen Lang; policy, Lang and Osterwalder; legislative liaison, Beidelschies; and student achievement, Kreais.

The board recognized the Chrome Team, led by technology director Steve Acton. The team is made up of students Hannah Meade, Daniel Faber, Matalya LeGrant and Reece Frederick, who volunteered to repair and help other students with their Chromebook computers.

Joanne Kerekes led the review of the lockdown drill conducted Dec 20. Staff and students were trained in approved procedures for building security. A Seneca County Sheriff’s Office representative and first responders supervised the drill.

High School principal Justin Miller invited parents and students in fifth through 12th grades to RSVP for the Chieftains for Change event schedule for Feb. 19. A keynote speaker and breakout sessions are to focus on issues that affect students.

The board repeated the first reading of new and revised policies so new board members would be familiar with them.

The board took action to:

• Hire a classified employee and substitutes.

• Accept donations from the Mary Ruth Crandall Memorial and Debra Myers.

• Approve the 2018-19 program of studies.

• Continue membership in OSBA, OSBA Briefcase and School Management News.

• Accept at grant from AAA to start a safety patrol program using sixth-graders who will be trained by the State Patrol.

• Approve a College Credit Plus Partnership Agreement with Owens State Community College.

The board adjourned to executive session to discuss employment and a complaint against an employee. No action was to be taken.