Mohawk board continues superintendent search

SYCAMORE — Mohawk Board of Education began its July meeting Monday with a 50-minute executive session to discuss employment. The board is to meet again today to hear a presentation from the Ohio School Board Association about the process of searching for a new superintendent.

Superintendent Ken Ratliff announced he is to retire at the end of the year.

In another matter, Ratliff outlined the energy savings resulting from the new heating system that replaced the original geothermal system. The last year the geothermal system was used was 2014 and it cost the district $408,000. The new system uses a conventional boiler system. The energy bill for 2018 was $262,418. The savings of $146,000 is to offset the expense of the replacement system.

Athletic Director Chip Dietrich reminded parents and fall athletes of the mandatory meeting July 30. The initial drug testing for fall athletes and band is to be conducted July 31.

No changes have been made in sports ticket and pass prices. Single tickets are $6 for high school contests and $4 for junior high. Students passes for PreK-12 covers all high school and junior high home events. PreK-Grade 4 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Active student passes are free for high school and junior high athletes, cheerleaders, dance team and marching band members. Senior citizen passes to all athletic events cost $25. Ten-event passes are to cost $50 and 25 event pass are to cost $125. An unlimited pass is to cost $200. Passes are not to be sold at games and must be purchased through the school office.

In personnel matters, the board approved the list of substitutes for teachers. One-year contracts were approved for cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, secretaries and payroll clerk. Contracts for teacher’s aides were approved.

Cafeteria breakfast and lunch prices are to remain the same as last year.

The board heard the first reading of the elementary student handbook. The proposed document may be reviewed on the district website. Principal Tami Wallace said there will be no change in the elementary dress code. Students are asked not to wear sleeveless tops and need to wear safe footwear.

The junior/high school student handbook officially was approved.

The grant in the amount of $24,000 from Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties was accepted.

The board took action to:

• Renew membership in Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding.

• Enter into an agreement with North Central Ohio Educational Center to assist the district in obtaining reimbursement for Medicaid expenses.

• Contract with Wellness Solution for school-based counseling services.

• Direct the treasurer to transfer 20 percent of the net income tax during 2019 to the Permanent Improvement Fund.