ADA - Summer vacation is officially in its final days as Ada schools prepare for the 2013-14 school year. The Board of Education heard reports from school administrators and staff managers Monday evening and all is in good order for the start of school on Monday, Aug. 19."The building looks great," reported Principal Robin VanBuskirk.
She went on to thank Mike Lenhart and his staff for the work they have done over the summer to prep the building for the new school year. New teachers were welcomed to the district on Tuesday and and in-service day was held Wednesday for all Ada teachers.
New assistant principal, Dan Lee, is "excited to get started," in his position at the school.
In his report, Lee updated the board on the status of the Bulldog athletic department. "Athletics are off to a good start. For the most part we are doing really well number wise," he said.
Both the boys' and girls' golf teams have played in several invitationals while volleyball, tennis and soccer have been active in preseason play. The football team will host Triad for their first scrimmage game on Friday.
Ben Thaxton reported that parents will soon be able to find the school on Facebook and Twitter.
A new watering station in the cafeteria will allow students to fill their own water bottles rather than purchasing bottled water from the school's vending machines. The unit also calculates the number of plastic water bottles saved by students filling reusable containers.
"The kids that have seen it are really excited about it," said cafeteria manager Ann Hersey.
Lenhart told the board that he plans to have an energy consultant visit the school to do a study of the district's energy usage. Such a study would be able to provide administrators with changes that could be made to save the district money on energy costs.
An increase in the first income tax payment of fiscal year 2014 highlighted Christy Beaschler's treasurer's report. According to Beaschler, the first payment was $322,916, an increase of $53,532 over the first payment of 2013. However, this increase does not reflect the increase made by the levy approved in May. The first payment with the new rate will be received in April 2014. Beaschler will present a new five-year forecast for the district in October.
Also approved during the meeting:
- A resolution of sympathy to the family of Michael Stavenger. A former board member, Stavenger passed away on Aug. 9.
- A resolution opposing amendment of state law on appointment of career center boards of education. This amendment would replace local school board members with members of the business community.
- Bethany Daft as the ESL tutor for the 2013-14 school year. Daft is supervised by VanBuskirk at Ada schools to provide ESL assistance for the children of officers enrolled in Ohio Northern University's Prison Management Certificate Program. Her contract, salary, benefits and supplies are paid for by ONU and funded through the university's contract with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- Certified substitutes for the 2013-14 school year: Brianna Falk, Kathleen Bishop, Jennifer Smiley, Cotta Daniels, Nathan Inniger and William Bartram. Classified substitutes approved were Lori Poling, Rebecca Maris and Eileen Risser.
- Bus routes for the new school year as by Mr. Lenhart.
- Additional hours for educational aides, Bev Spar and Alane Collins, for intervention and support services for the 2013-14 school year.
- Hourly rates for student workers for the 2013-14 school year.
- Volunteer bus drivers Beth Milks and Michael Milks.
- Issuance of supplemental contracts for the 2013-14 school year to Teri Salyer, faculty rep.; Jonathan Lischak and Jason Campbell, both co-head and co-assistant golf coach; Jacob Ansley, varsity assistant football coach; Stacey Klingler, KG department chair; Rachel Ludwig, first grade chair; Lyn Davis, foreign language chair and LPDC; David Ames, english chair; Suzanne Hardesty, TAG coordinator; Jill Laughlin, elementary specials coordinator; Christina Bowden, LPDC; Dave Lusk, science chair; Ken Jochims, social studies chair; Gary Wells, fine arts chair; Debbie Poling, Title I chair; and David Allen, math chair.
- An agreement for vision impaired services/braillist/orientation and mobility with Logan County ESC for the 2013-14 school year.
- A contract with Ohio Northern University for the use of their pool by the high school swim team for the 2013-14 school year.
- A contract revision and salary adjustment for the assistant to the treasurer Camden Nichelson.
- Approved the resignation of classified employee Myra Shields for the purpose of retirement effective Dec. 31.