Wind Project on hold for Highland Schools
By RANDA WAGNER –
Wind generators for Highland Schools won’t be turning anytime soon.
Highland Schools’ Treasurer Jon Mason updated the board and community on the Wind Project at the April 17 regular board meeting.
“The best way to describe the wind project is that it’s on hold,” he said. “It’s coming up on two years now and the difficult part has been the financing of it. There were two Ohio Dept. of Development grants for $500,000 that are not going to develop, which made the project pretty much a marginal call.”
He said the board believes the area is good for wind, but it’s a matter of putting the package together and, “we’re not there yet with the individual company we’re working with. It’s on hold until we find that missing piece of financing to the school’s benefit.”
Supt. Bill Dodds had awards to issue but none of the three to be recognized were able to attend the April 17 meeting. March’s Employee of the Month Mickey Walker, April’s Employee of the Month Sara Guy and (parent) volunteer Dale Minyo will be honored at the May meeting.
In his update on Race to the Top, Dodds said, “We are continuing our focus on student achievement and transitioning to the common core. Each grade level and subject are on target and they have completed the first phases of our curriculum alignment. We have two more years left in the process — after this year we’ve set some targets and we’re on pace.”
He said the next steps in May will be aligning common assessments.
“Also we are participating the High School Higher Education allotment, which is through the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center and working with North Central State College Mt Vernon Nazarene and a number of other districts,” Dodds explained. “The goal of that is to make sure that our standards for our high school students match those for college level courses. We do very well in that area because we have a number of courses that are already college credit courses for our students through dual credit.”
Mr. Dodds made mention of a minor non-injury accident between a bus and a car the previous week in the northern part of the county. The elementary students were transferred to another bus without incident.
Hello Dolly will be presented April 27, 28, and 29. An extra day was added due to high ticket sales.
On May 12 Highland will be celebrating the arts with an Art Show at the high school for all grade levels.
Ohio Achievement Assessment tests for elementary and middle school students will begin in two weeks.
May 5 is the prom. Graduation had to be changed due to a tentative schedule with athletic tournaments. The new date for the 140 graduates to receive their diplomas at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20.
Dodds thanked the community for their support of the recent High School fundraiser as well as those who participated and helped out.
The board approved the following employment recommendations:
Employ Ashley Ball, Caleb Duncan, Rachel Gabel, Heather Nauman, Emily Miller, Anne Johnson, Mary Young, Scott Bailey and Cody Reese by one year contract for the 2012/2013 school year.
Employ Matthew Jones, Allison Rushley, Megan Williamson, Kevin Loadman, Brett Behnfeldt, Christopher Rupe, and Kelly Givens by two year contract for the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 school years.
Employ Sasha O’Leary, Candace Thompson, Tasha Terrill and Scott Watson by three year contract for the 2012/2013 through 2014/2015 school years.
Employ Judith Sellers, Joan Orsborn, Lisa King, Kelly Stannard, and Rebecca Thurneyssen by five year contract for the 2012/2013 through 2016/2017 school years.
Employ Certified Personnel by Continuing Contract: Kayla Ross, Nichole Snively, Elizabeth Boggs, Amy Fleming, Jessica Beacom, Monty Maceyko, Amy Hoyng and Kimberly Lovely.
Employ Bus Driver Jody Keller by One Year Contract for the remainder of the 2011/2012 school year.
In other business, the board approved a stay of negotiations with the State Employment Relations Board U. E. Local #741. On March 26 the Local #741 filed a notice to negotiate on behalf of non-classified employees with the the State Employment Relations Board. On March 29 the classified employees requested a vote of the representation by that union. Since the board has a ‘good faith doubt’ whether Local #741 will remain as exclusive representation of non-classified employees because of the election request by classified employees, the school’s legal counsel has recommended the board hold off on the negotiations until the question of who will represent the employees is settled.
Food program Director Debbie Hart invited everyone to the Breakfast With Mom May 8, 9 and 11th K and 1st grade moms on the 8th, 2nd and 3rd on 9th, and 4th and 5th on the 11th.
Board member Bill Short announced his daughter, Whitney (Class of 2006), was accepted into law school last week at the University of Las Vegas. She will start this fall.
As per a previous discussion in March, school lunch prices will increase 25 cents for the 2012–2013 school year.
The next regular board meeting will be held May 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Band Room.