School board talks calendars

NEW RIEGEL — New Riegel Board of Education members discussed the proposed school calendar for next year. Two options are being considered. One has a longer spring break than usual and some staff members are opposed to a later school year. The board is to make a decision during the January meeting.

Board member Jeff Hohman asked if whether students are allowed an excused absence to go hunting for deer season. He also expressed concern for young people always being on a Smartphone playing games and said he wanted his children to experience what it was like to take the life of a living creature.

Superintendent Dave Rombach said after making the payment to John G. Johnson Construction for the remedial work on the facility, the district is to hold more than $23,000 for landscaping. Two attempts to grow grass have been unsuccessful and water has been puddling in spots at the rear of the building. If Johnson is unable to rectify the problems, the district is to seek another vendor for the landscaping.

Rombach informed board members he is completing an application for a Bureau of Workman’s Compensation grant for improving safety in the building. The grant is offering up to $40,000 and they plan to upgrade their maintenance area and agriculture shop floors, add security cameras to the front entrance, the backside of the junior high gymnasium parking lot and the junior high gym and lobby.

Principal Justin Johnson said senior Edward Lucius had been selected as the Rotary student of the month for December at Sentinel Career and Technology Center. Lucius is in the precision machining program.

Treasurer Jane Schalk reported the district revenue over expenses for 2018 totaled $66,000.

The meeting opened with a lengthy executive session discussing employment of personnel. Members entered into a second session for further discussion of the employment of personnel with no action to follow.

In other action, the board:

• Approved the treasurer’s report.

• Transferred $255,424.29 from the General Fund to the project construction fund.

• Established employee monthly health insurance amounts from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2019, for full-time certified and full-time, year round non-certified employees; non-certified employees working 30 hours or more per week but less than full time, year round; non-certified employees working at least 25 but less than 30 hours per week and non-certified employees working less than 25 hours per week.

• Set the time, date, and place of the 2020 fiscal year budget hearing at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 in the library/media center.

• Set the organizational meeting to immediately follow Jan. 7 in the media center.

• Appointed Beth Kummerer as president pro-tempore to conduct the January organizational meeting.

• Will participate in the Ohio School Board Association Legal Assistance Fund for 2019 at a cost of $250.

• Approved Zachary Williams, Madalyn Reinhart, Julia Reinhart and Sarah Schalk as student cleaners.

• Accepted the resignations of Gregg Hughes as varsity baseball coach and Doug Depinet as assistant baseball coach, effective immediately.

• Approved Depinet as varsity baseball coach.

• Approved two fundraisers.

• Approved the junior/senior prom set for April 27 at New Riegel American Legion facility.

The board is to meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 for the budget hearing followed by regular session.