Newly elected New Riegel Board of Education members Jennifer Theis and Stephanie Reinhart, along with appointed member Jeff Hohman, were sworn into their positions by Treasurer Jane Schalk Monday night. Action was then taken to elect Cindy Hughes as president and Theis as vice president of the board. They also took their oaths of office.
During the organizational meeting, members voted to keep board meetings at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month in the media center.
At the budget hearing, Schalk said all resources total $7,174,873 for fiscal year 2013. She said the local real estate tax is to generate $759,600.
Schalk said the district owes $625,000 on its school facility, with a $72,100 payment toward the principal and interest in fiscal year 2013. She said taxes are to generate a steady $15,920 a year for the maintenance fund.
Schalk said the district has saved $128,000 since self-insuring for its medical, dental and vision coverage plans for staff members.
Moving into regular session, Superintendent Elaine Nye led the board in a discussion to replace the lights in the new gymnasium, front hallway, auditeria, library, junior high gymnasium, restrooms and locker rooms and in the shop area. She said she is seeking more information for final bids on the project.
Members also discussed the update to the heating and cooling control system from a Windows 97 platform to a web-based platform. Action was taken to move forward on this project.
Nye distributed three 2012-13 school calendar options to the board for a decision regarding which to adopt at next month's meeting.
In his report, Principal Dave Rombach said student Taylor Kirian was named the district winner of the 10th grade Americanism test. She now is qualified for a chance to be a state winner.
During the organizational meeting, the board:
Established a service fund for board business at the minimum statutory requirement of $2,000.
Named Scott, Scriven, Wahoff LLP of Columbus as Board of Education legal counsel for 2012.
Authorized the treasurer to request advances from the county auditor as funds become available and to invest all funds at the highest available interest rate.
Approved 2012 membership in Ohio School Boards Association for $2,954.
Designated The Advertiser-Tribune as the official newspaper of the district.
Authorized the superintendent to employ temporary personnel as needed in emergency situations with board approval to occur at the next regular meeting.
Appointed Theis to Athletic Board of Control.
Appointed Stephanie Reinhart as OSBA legislative liaison.
Appointed Mary Reinhart as student achievement liaison.
Appointed Stephanie Reinhart to Finance Audit Committee.
Appointed Cindy Hughes to Records Commission.
During its regular session, the board:
Approved the budget for July 1 through June 30, 2013 for Seneca County Budget Commission.
Approved appropriation amendments.
Approved a contract with Wadsworth Slawson Northwest to upgrade the current HVAC/BMS system at a cost of $18,450.
Entered into a contract with Wadsworth Slawson Northwest for a planned preventive maintenance service program for heating and air-conditioning equipment at a cost of $990 per year until Dec. 31.
Entered into a 5-year contract with Pepsi starting Feb. 1 and ending Jan. 31, 2017
Approved the district liability, fleet and property insurance beginning Feb. 1 and ending Feb. 1, 2013 from Phelan Insurance Agency at $22,768.
Approved a fundraiser.
Approved Shelly Wank as volunteer chaperone for the senior class trip and approved Jennifer Weinandy and Robin Theis as volunteers for bowling.
Approved the junior/senior prom to occur at Seneca Hills Golf Course. The event is to take place 6:30-11 p.m. May 5.
The board of education is to meet next at 7 p.m. Feb. 13.