H-L gets grant for LED lighting

BASCOM — Prior to the regular meeting Wednesday evening, Hopewell-Loudon Board of Education conducted the annual tax budget hearing and organizational meeting.

Justin Wyman was elected president of the board with Karen Lang as vice president.

Committee assignments were made with Jill Beidelschies and Wyman on athletic council; Kevin Kreais and Rick Osterwalder on facilities team; Kreais and Wyman on finance committee; Lang and Osterwalder on policy committee; Beidelschies as legislative liaison; Kreais as student achievement liaison; and Lang as Vanguard-Sentinel board member.

The board is to continue to meeting on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Members of the school board were honored and thanked for their commitment to the students of Hopewell-Loudon in observance of School Board Appreciation Month.

Superintendent Jeff Holbrook announced the district has been awarded a $7,000 grant from North Central Electric Cooperative for retrofitting the lighting in the old gym. The new LED lighting will be instant on and will produce savings that allow the project to pay for itself within this year.

Updated job descriptions for dean of students, athletic director, district technology coordinator, study hall and lunchroom monitor, maintenance supervisor, transportation supervisor and all head coaches were approved by the board.

Donations were accepted from Beidelschies Family Practice, National Machinery Foundation for Chieftains for Change, and Ethlyn Unger.

In personnel matters, the board accepted the supplemental contract resignations of Sarah Haynes and Tony Malagon. Substitute contracts were approved for classified positions. Malagon was hired as head softball coach, Richard Fox as girls varsity track assistant and Brennen Schleter as assistant track coach.

The board approved the Employee Code of Excellence, which consists of 12 points intended to reinforce professional conduct and adherence to board policies.

The board adjourned to executive session with a lawyer representing the firm of Bricker and Eckler to discuss the employment and discipline of a district employee.