Hohman is NR board president

NEW RIEGEL — New Riegel Board of Education members chose Jeff Hohman to serve as president for 2019 Monday evening with Jaclyn Schalk as vice president.

Treasurer Jane Schalk swore in the new officers.

Meeting dates, time and location remain the same at 7 p.m. on the second Monday monthly in the media center.

Beth Kummerer was appointed liaison to the Athletic Board of Control, Hohman remains the legislative liaison, Schalk takes over as student achievement liaison, Rod Biggert stays on as the financial audit committee member and Stephanie Reinhart continues as the Vanguard-Sentinel Career Center liaison.

Jane Schalk conducted a budget hearing prior to the organizational meeting, where she explained the tax budget is to show the county auditor that the district has a need for real estate taxes levied. Total resources available to the district include a $3.1 million carryover plus revenue totaling $6.1 million. She noted that state auditors are looking at records now.

Superintendent Dave Rombach presented board members with a certificate and coffee mug in recognition of School Board Recognition Month.

He reported the cafeteria department is under review this month by the Ohio Department of Education. The review is done every three years and is to include an inspection by the Seneca County Health Department.

Jamie Barrows, the elementary consultant for the SAIL program, presented an update on happenings. SAIL stands for “I will be safe; I will achieve; I will be in charge of me; and I will lead.” A recent literacy night found 58 families participating in various activities. A T-shirt design contest that was led by students chose a winning design and had T-shirts made for all students for group pictures. Future plans are for a New Riegel’s Got Talent Night.

Principal Justin Johnson said the Homecoming Dance is scheduled for Saturday. Grades 6-8 have the gymnasium 6-8 p.m., and grades 9-12 from 8:30-11:30 p.m.

In other action, the board:

• Approved the appointment of Jeff Hohman as Records Commission member for 2019.

• Established a service fund for board business at the minimum statutory requirement of $2,000.

• Named Scott, Scriven and Wahoff LLP of Columbus as legal counsel for 2019.

• Authorized the treasurer to request advances from the county auditor as funds become available and to invest interim funds at the highest available rate of interest.

• Declared the superintendent as chief purchasing agent for goods and services and to authorize payment by the treasurer of invoices for goods and services deemed acceptable by the superintendent for 2019.

• Authorized the superintendent and treasurer to enter into and accept or participate in federal, state or local grants or agreements and authorize the treasurer to appropriate funds for the grant awarded.

• Approved membership in the Ohio School Boards Association for 2019 at a cost of $3,767 inclusive of publications.

• Designated the Advertiser-Tribune as the official newspaper of the district.

• Authorized the treasurer to file requests for amendments of the certificate of estimated resources with the Seneca County auditor as information becomes available to the treasurer.

• Authorized the superintendent to employ temporary personnel as needed in emergency situations, with such employment to be presented to the board for approval at the next regular meeting.

• Approved expending public funds to purchase coffee, meals, refreshments or other amenities for professional development meetings, staff recognition and service awards and items of bereavement as a means to promote public health, safety, morals, general welfare, security, prosperity and contentment of all participants.

• Appointed Jane Schalk as the public records designee for the board and David Rombach as alternate.

During the regular session, board members approved:

• The July 1 through June 30, 2020, alternative tax budget and forward it to the Seneca County Budget Commission.

• An amended memorandum of agreement with New Riegel Education Association fto amend the collective bargaining agreement to have three fewer student days for three professional development days the 2019-20 year.

• A school school calendar.

• Agreements for College Credit Plus.

• A contract for service with the Reserve School of Applewood Centers Inc. for 2018-19.

• A Leukemia-lymphoma Society fundraiser for the high school student council.

Board members entered into executive session to discuss employment of personnel.

The board of education meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 11.