ATTICA - The Seneca East Board of Education met Monday night, recognizing the boys cross country state champion team.
Members include Karl Burgderfer, Alex Buckley, Jason Willman, Robby Schaffer, Ben Frankart, Wes Pipher, Carson Pipher, Jared Stockmaster, Michael Szabo, Bryce Watson, Brady McWilliams, and Tommy Solis. Coaches Matt Schock and Mike Farrell also were recognized as well as Midland Athletic League coach of the year Doug Mason. Wes Pipher was honored as MAL runner of the year.
Board president Jaimie Beamer said the team record was 162-1 as it earned MAL, district, regional and state titles.
Beamer congratulated head football coach Ed Phillips and the team, nominated for the Academic All Ohio team award, with individual mentions to players Marshall Lucius and Jordan Bowerman. Superintendent Mike Wank said the team won honorable mention last year and have achieved a higher grade point average this year.
Such honors have spurred the Athletic Boosters Club, represented at the meeting by president Tom Nagel. Nagel said since the cross country team won state honors he has received numerous calls regarding the lack of sports pictures and plaques on display. The board asked Nagel to work with the boosters to develop a layout of pictures and plaques for the board to review.
Motions approved included offering a supplemental contract to Emily England as the junior high girls basketball coach for the 2012-13 school year and accepting Matt Schock and Rick Bowerman as volunteer baseball coaches.
District treasurer Laura Brickner reported a $90,000 increase in revenue and $35,000 decrease in expenses compared to the same time last year. She said the cafeteria expenses are in the black after being in the red in November 2011. School finances have been affected with state grants cut though federal grants have not yet been received, according to Brickner. Her financial report for Oct. 31 was approved.
Wank presented a report for absent elementary principal Brad Powers, announcing a reading program for parents at 6 p.m. Dec. 19 in Seneca East auditeria. Reading intervention specialists and classroom teachers are to describe the school's reading program and interventions used to help students read at or above grade level by the end of third grade. Seneca East Public Library Director Barb Bayer is to be present to sign up families for library cards.
High School Principal Don Vogt reported the school is to be locked down Nov. 30 in a state-required drill. He added department meetings are ongoing, including possible changes to curriculum. Fifty-three seniors have paid deposits for the senior trip cruise out of 77, with another 10 parent couples available to fulfill chaperone requirements.
Other motions approved included:
SE transportation manual for drivers.
In-lieu transportation reimbursement for Doug Emlinger family.
Memorandum of understanding with American Library Association.
Shirley Mitchell as substitute in various areas for 2012-13 school year.
The board discussed a new hosting format for OHSAA tournaments before entering executive session.
The board is to meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at the office.