Hopewell-Loudon school board praises support of playground upgrades

BASCOM — The Hopewell-Loudon Board of Education recognized the October Partners in Education at Wednesday’s meeting. The board showed their appreciation to the  Bascom Lions Club, Zoeller Lawn and the Rainey-Depinet families for their support of the playground upgrades. The improvements focus on safety and security.

Representatives of the elementary student council reported the activities the group has planned as part of spirit week. They also listed some concerns that students have voiced. This list includes more lunch choices, preferring square pizza and more control of the restroom passes.

Board member Rick Osterwalder started a conversation about ELA test scores and the number of special students and teachers. It was decided that several board members are to meet with the elementary administrators for further discussion.

Superintendent Jeff Holbrook thanked the Athletic Boosters for funding the mural that has been installed in the Scarlet Gym. The artist is Dick Eyestone who had been an art teacher at Hopewell-Loudon. Holbrook said Eyestone did extensive research on local Indian tribes to ensure that the warrior was authentic as possible.

The board accepted donations for the girls’ cross country, boys’ basketball and girls’ basketball teams from Randy and Heather Joseph and family.

The. District also received a $3,025 grant from the National Machinery Foundation for the Seneca Country Youth Leadership Council.

The board accepted the resignation of Vickie Berrier effective Jan.17. Holbrook noted her 29 years of service to the district.

Jennifer Harrison was hired as assistant band director and Roman Williams as assistant varsity wrestling coach. Eric Beidelschies was hired as musical set design/build.

The board will conduct a work session on Nov. 5. No action is to be taken. The regular November  board meeting is to be Nov.13.