Highland receives ballfield lease offer from Marengo Council
By RANDA WAGNER -
The Highland Board of Education has received an offer from the Village of Marengo to assume the lease on the ballfields adjacent to the former Highland West Elementary in Marengo.
Village of Marengo Village Council Member Bill Carmickle addressed the board at their June 13 regular meeting about the letter council sent to them May 31 requesting leasing the ballfields. Currently, the fields are under the care and jurisdiction of the Highland Local School District. The Village of Marengo maintains the school district would save the cost of electric service and liability from injury and property damage by leasing the fields to the Village of Marengo. Council acknowledged the property is owned by Highland Schools and would continue to be and, as payment for the long-term lease, the village would cover the cost of a pole installation and electric connection to the concession stand. The estimated cost of this work would be $2000 and considered payment in full for the lease.
Thacker thanked Carmickle for giving the board the correspondence in writing and said the board is ‘processing the information and not looking to make a decision at this time.’
Board President Eric Thacker thanked Treasurer Jon Mason for his contribution to the School Funding Forum that was held at Cardington Schools the previous evening.
“He did our district very proud,” Thacker related. “if any of you are interested in a sub-level view of how funding is received and executed for schools, he has an excellent briefing package that I’m sure he can disseminate for you.”
At the forum, Mason explained the three funding sources for public schools and how it’s a matter of ‘political science.’ He noted how funding changes with transitions of state control and, recently, the state’s funding system changed from an Evidence Based Formula to a Bridge Formula. Mason showed how complicated the Bridge Formula is through a slide show presentation. There are 5,625 students in Morrow County, and financing is based on enrollment and property values in a district.
Superintendent Dr. Bill Dodds and board members recognized and congratulated several students and staff for recent achievements, namely: senior McKenzie Rhodes, the Mt. Vernon News Player of the Year who received a softball scholarship to the University of Akron; senior Jason Hertz and MOAC Baseball Player of the year, who is headed to the University of Northwestern Ohio and is a four-year medal winner in baseball and football; MOAC Baseball Coach of the Year Travis Church; Employee of the Month Andrew Collins; Employee of the Month Ralph Igo; Diana Keyes and Kim Stephens, for their work in the board office when the staff was short-handed.
During the treasurer’s report, Mason reported bids are out for renovations for the football field, bleachers and restrooms. Bids are due June 27 and a special meeting will be held Thursday, June 28 at 3 p.m. in the Highland District Board office to review the bids and hold a work session.
Special Education Coordinator Pam Mosier-Arnold reported recently the district went through an Ohio Department of Education on-site review, and one of the components was to notify the community of how Highland spends their Title I funds.
“Parents have input over one percent of what we spend,” she explained, “so here are some of the things we’ve spent our funds on: Study Island, the NWA Testing Components we use to test our students to see where they’re at in reference to how well we think they will do on the standardized tests. We also spent it on software for other educational purposes, instructional materials and special education and Title I teachers’ salaries.”
Under employment, the board approved the following:
- the resignation of Title I Reading Joan Osborne; Elementary Teacher Beverly Thompson; H.S./M.S. Vocal Music instructor Emily Garlock and Transportation Supervisor Paul Levings, who was appointed to the position at the May 2012 meeting.
- one-year contract approved for 2012–2013 for: Suzanne Kochheiser; Amanda Riggle; Danya Clay-Davis; Christy Arbaugh as M.S. Cook/Cashier; and Loretta Copeland as Transportation Supervisor.
- a continuing contract for Rebecca Van Fossen, M.S. Health/Physical Education.
- two-year contract (2012 through 2014) for: Ronnie Dailey, Asst. Custodian; and Michelle Hull, Educational Asst.
- one year supplemental contract for 2012–2013 for Danielle Hobbs, Varsity Cheer Advisor.
The board moved to approve the salary step for the following district office staff: Diana Keyes, Asst. Treasurer; Kimberley Stephens, EMIS Coordinator; and Judy Diluliis, Administrative Asst. A one-time stipend of $1200 will be paid to the Asst. Treasurer and EMIS Coordinator for administrative duties.
Board Member Loren Altizer was appointed to serve as the Highland Board of Education representative to the Highland Community Park Board. Altizer was absent for this meeting.
The board went into executive session. The board will hold a retreat for the administrative staff Tuesday July 17 at 8 a.m. to discuss district goals, review data for the past school year, and plan for the future.
The next regular board meeting will be held July 18 at 7 p.m. in the high school band room.