Controlling the germs at Hopewell-Loudon

BASCOM — The Hopewell-Loudon Board of Education learned that the district now has the ability to control the spread of germs in the classrooms, hallways and athletic facilities. The electro-static, cordless, sanitizing sprayer will enable the staff to sanitize an entire classroom in 6 minutes.

Superintendent Jeff Holbrook described the apparatus as looking like Ghostbusters with a backpack canister of disinfectant that is sprayed on all the surfaces. The cloud of spray is said to wrap around objects to cover all surfaces.

Holbrook expects this sprayer to address the spread of germs and to reduce the number of absences.

An agreement has been reached with Northwest Ohio Orthopedics and Sports Medicine to provide athletic trainer and sports medicine services.

The playground is to be upgraded with higher fencing and screening, a grassy area and a larger gate starting Sept. 9. The project is to last 10 days. During construction students will use the track. The upgrade to the kindergarten playground is to follow.

Athletic passes are now available. Adult 10-event passes are to cost $50 with student 10-event passes costing $30.

The board accepted a Reineke Dealerships/Ford’s Drive 4 UR School Program. The money will benefit the Class of 2019, Leader in Me and the Athletic Department.

The board approved the statement of purpose and budget for the cross country program.

A contract with the North Central Educational Service Center for home schooling, hearing impaired and visually impaired services was approved.

A $16,000 grant from the Mental Health and Recovery Services was accepted. This grant helps to fund the district’s social worker.

High school Principal Jason Miller informed the board that the juniors who took the ACT test last spring achieved an average score of 20.9 which is higher than the state average. Miller reminded the board that all junior students are required to take this nation-wide test.

The board is to meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11.