NEW RIEGEL - Continuing the conversation on raising lunch prices, New Riegel Board of Education determined Monday night a $0.25 increase would go into effect next year with a possible $0.25 added the following school year. Next year, the cost would be $2.05 for pre K-3 students and 4-12 grades would pay $2.30.
A motion for approval is to be on the agenda next month.
Superintendent Elaine Nye said district parents have overwhelmingly responded negatively to using foam plates and plastic utensils.
Nye told members about a webinar from Integrated Wellness Solutions that is to assist staff to be as healthy as possible, thus reducing insurance costs.
Bio-metric screenings would be conducted to create a health profile for employees and each is to be assigned a health coach. Participants are to try to log 1,625 points in a year by carrying out healthy practices and having positive tests. Reaching the goal gives an opportunity for a premium incentive on their insurance.
"Prevention is a good thing," said board president Cindy Hughes.
Members said Nye should proceed with the program and pursue a grant to assist with the costs.
Principal Dave Rombach said Olympic Day for grades 6-12 begins at 11:30 a.m. on the last day of school. Elementary students have a similar event.
Grade cards are available for pick-up June 4 for grades K-6. Grade cards for grades 7-12 are to be mailed to their homes.
He reported OGT results for sophomores. They received 90 percent on the science portion, 93 percent on the math section and 87 percent for social studies.
Treasurer Jane Schalk stated that income tax revenues for the first quarter were up by $28,000. In all, the district's income increased by $88,000. Projecting ahead, she estimates 52 students entering New Riegel through open enrollment and 28 going to other schools. Schalk said the district has lost 92 students in the last nine years.
Electrical costs having risen $17,000 this year, board members discussed the offer from First Energy Solutions to hopefully reduce costs.
Athletic Board of Control liaison Jennifer Theis reported completion of the concession stand and noted the athletic boosters are paying for a new roof on the shelter.
The meeting moved into executive session for discussion of personnel and compensation.
In other business, the board:
Approved the April treasurer's report.
Approved the five-year forecast.
Approved a 24-month $400,000 certificate of deposit at First National Bank earning 1 percent interest.
Accepted grants totaling $3,400 and approved amending appropriations by $3,400.
Approved supplemental positions.
Entered into agreement with P.T. Services Rehabilitation Inc. to provide physical, occupational and speech therapy for individuals attending New Riegel in 2012-13.
Hired Mary Yeager as curriculum consultant for 30 days beginning July 1 at a rate of $260 per day.
Accepted the resignation of Tiffany Umin as teacher and junior high cheerleading coach effective at the end of the contract year.
Entered into a contract with First Energy Solutions to supply and deliver all retail energy requirements for 36 months beginning June 1, 2012 through May 30, 2015 at a fixed rate of 0.0549 cents per Kwh and 0.0499 cents per Kwh for the bus garage.
Approved 15 board policies.
Approved a fundraiser for 2011-12 school year.
Approved 24 fundraisers for 2012-13 school year.
Approved 38 seniors eligible for graduation May 27 pending completion of requirements.
Authorized the continued membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for 2012-13.
The board of education meets next at 7 p.m. June 11.