BASCOM - Hopewell-Loudon Board of Education is in the process of interviewing and selecting a new superintendent. Geoff Palmer, who has led the district for the past nine years, is to resign effective July 31.
The board has issued a brochure outlining the attributes it is seeking and interviewing is ongoing. The board has indicated it is looking for a skilled evaluator, a school ambassador, a visionary and a team builder who acts with integrity, honesty, good judgment, compassion and respectfulness. Experience as a superintendent is preferred and the board is open to considering non-traditional candidate.
Fifteen applicants have submitted resumes.
At the Wednesday evening board meeting, Doug Rich, project manager, reported the design committee for the new school is selecting classroom furnishings. Samples are to be provided for the staff to evaluate. Final choices are to be made by the end of the calendar year, with delivery in spring 2013.
Construction manager John Miller said, "We're a little a head of schedule." He expects the competition gym floor and walls to be under way by next week.
Palmer told the board the district has received 370 applications for open enrollment, an increase of 10-15 percent. The administrators and counselors are to review the applications and notify parents by the end of April.
High school principal Bill Dobbins reported he has been in discussions with Tiffin University concerning dual-enrollment courses. He said there would be a considerable savings to the school and parents going through TU instead of Wright State. Now, there are five courses available for high school and college credit.
Dobbins announced junior David Deleny has been selected for the Youth Tour of Washington, D.C., sponsored by North Central Electric Cooperative.
In other business,
Approve three-year contracts for Marie Coleman, Rod Daniel, Jeremy Nutter, Andrea Rajner, Janine Meisner, Michele Sayre, Brad Snyder, Jennifer Snyder and Steve Suter.
Approve one-year contracts for Eric Beidelschies, Teresa Miller and Linda Osborn.
Hire teachers as diagnostic test graders.
Employ summer help to be used as needed.
Accept the $500 Dr. Prasad Kakarala Scholarship.
Renew service contract with Northwest Ohio Educational Technology at the cost of $2,108.
Approve the list of graduating seniors, pending completion of requirements.
Approved trips to Lexington, Ky., and Adrian, Mich., for the girls basketball team.
The board went into executive session to discuss negotiations with the Hopewell-Loudon Teachers Association. The first session is scheduled for later this week.
The board is to meet in regular session May 9.