Hopewell-Loudon board discusses raises as they prepare for the new year

BASCOM — The Hopewell-Loudon Board of Education voted a 3% raise for the treasurer and superintendent. This is the first increase for these positions in two years.

The teaching staff is entering into the second year of their three-year master agreement, allowing for a 2% raise each year of the contract.

Treasurer Jenny Hedrick reported that the district ended the fiscal year with a $3.6 million carry over.

Superintendent Jeff Holbrook updated the board Wednesday evening on summer projects. The parking lots have been resealed and striped, the district wifi has been upgraded and the building cleaning is on schedule.

The board chose to table the contract for athletic trainer or sports medicine special submitted by NOW Orthopedic and Sports Medicine. Clarification is needed about when the trainers would be on campus and which sports or teams would be covered. A special meeting is to be called for approval of the improved agreement.

Ruth Stiverson, who has served as the district’s trainer for many seasons has resiged this supplemental contract. She is to continue as a teacher in the district.

The board accepted the resignation of Amanda Nowak, which was submitted before the deadline for resigning a teaching contract. Board member Rick Osterwalder objected to accepting the resignation saying it would be difficult to find a replacement teacher. Holbrook explained that the teacher was within her rights to resign and reassured that an acceptable candidate could be found before the start of the new year.

The board took action to:

• Approve the elementary student handbook. Hard copies will be distributed to the parent and will also be available on the district website.

• Approved a contract for Final Forms. This is to allow all school forms to be completed and available online. The five-dollar assessment per student is included in the school fees.

• Approve an agreement with the Ohio Attorney General for the National WebCheck Program, which is to allow the district to complete BCI and FBI checks.

• Contract with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center for therapy services to continue through the summer for qualifying students.

• Approve the statement of purpose and budget for the National Honor Society.

• Vote to approve the revisions to the district policies as submitted by NEOLA, a legal representative.

• Accept donations from Toledo Mud Hens/Toledo Community Foundation, Elizabeth Colatruglio, H-L PTO and the PTO Book Fair and the Allstate Foundation c/o Neil Ickes.

• Issue supplemental and classified contracts.