Cardington-Lincoln Schools state rating up
By Evelyn Long -
The state rating for Cardington-Lincoln schools is up, as reported to the Board of Education when they met in regular session on September 10 in the Patrick Drouhard Auditorium.
Supt. Brian Petrie reviewed the updating of the district web site and reviewed the 2012 state indicators and rating for the Cardington School District. All ratings which are unofficial, show improvement. The 2012 performance index summary for the school indicate a three year upward trend and on a maximum performance index scoreof 120, the school measured at 97.8 as opposed to a 94.9 last year. Other unofficial scores based on a maximum performance of 120.0 include the Middle School: 92.2 As opposed to 90.6 last year; high school: 104. Last year 94.5; elementary school: 109.2; last year 108.3; Intermediate school: 95.1 and last year 96.0 and the digital academy 90.5 and last year 72.7.
The school year is off to a good start, according to reports given by the building principals. Reporting were Scott Hardwick, K-6 principal; Marsha Levering, assistant K-6 principal; Joe Mills, High School principal and John Brehm, athletic director.
Each reported the recent open houses were successes. The new teachers are doing “great,” they said. Mills said the Middle School has been selected for the “Middle Schools that Watch,” program.
Brehm reported on the revenue generated from the gates at the football games thus far. Early PA problems have been corrected, he said.
Miss Hart from the cafeteria staff, said the kitchen staff had taken training in meal patterns — a 16 hour course which 11 people took and Yvonne Eastep’s 97 was the highest score. Everyone passed, she said.
The board approved payment of bills totaling $876,943.09 paid on warrant checks 81630–81767. The permanent appropriations and certificate of resources for FY 2013 were approved. Scott Osborne, treasurer noted they are 2 per cent higher than last year.
Also under finance the board approved the following advances and transfers: (1) repayment of advance $25,000 from Food service to General Fund; (2) repayment of advance $334.22 from the Class of 2017 to General Fund; (3) repayment of advance $3,945.45 from the Class of 2018 to General Fund; (4) transfer of $117,504.79 from General Fund Budget Reserve to General Fund; (5) closure of Farmers Citizens Bank Account (Flexible spending), with remaining balance of $1,497.39 to be paid into the General Fund due to the end of the Flexible Spending plan.
The following medical, dental, and vision insurance premium rates were approved for 2012–13: Medical –family $1,766.55 per month; Medical — single $642.40 per month; dental — family $99.69 per month; dental, single $34.50 per month; Vision– family $14.48 per month; and vision, single $6.40 per month.
The board approved the Special Education Plan for the Cardington Digital Academy as submitted.
Also approved was the contract for Autism Unit Service for FY 13 with the Step by Step Academy FY13 Service agreement for three students at $60,000 and the five year contract with Pepsi Beverages Company with variable commission.
The bid from Current Surfaces, of Michigan, for $39,860, was approved for the resurfacing of the track. This is the company who originally placed the track in the stadium.
The board declared it impractical to provide transportation for a list of students to their respective schools and their parents will be paid an amount in lieu of transportaion not to exceed the state average cost to transport all students in the preceding school year.
Three submitted bus routes with stops were established: Mount Gilead Utility Route, Preschool routes and regular routes.
The following stipends (grant paid) were approved: Ginger Holloway, “Making Middle Grades Work” coordinator , $500 and High Schools that Work coordinator, $500.
Approval of monthly mobile communications reimbursements for FY 13 were approved effective August 1, 2012 for :Brian Petrie, Joe Mills, Scott Hardwick, each $50 and Carl Hardwick, Jr and Curtis Adams, each $25.
The following certified teachers were approved as tutors at the tutoring rate of $20 per hour for summer intervention from 8/23/2012 t0 8/31/2012: Jodi Linkous, one hour; and Angela Conley, Jada Urquhart and Kirsten Ebert, each two hours.
Under personnel, the resignation of Matt Stephens, certified employee, was accepted effective August 14, 2012 .The resignation of classified employee Carl Hardwick, Sr., as Midday Preschool route driver, was accepted effective August 27, 2012.
Employed on a certified contract was Kenneth Miller and employed on a one year classified contracts was Linda Brininger, aide; and Cyndi Jordan, custodian, (4 hours a day) was employed on a continuing contract.
Employed as a classified bus route driver was Carl Hardwick, Sr. Morning pre school bus, up to 3.5 hours per day/up to four days per week, effective September 6, 2012.
Kirby Francis, substitute custodian, was employed effective August 16, 2012.
Supplemental contracts (all one year contracts which expire June 30, 2012) were granted Rodney Brown, head varsity boys basketball; Jodi Brown, head varsity girls basketball; John Hinton, varsity wrestling; Katie Porteus, Book Club; Troy King, seventh grade advisor; Angela Crissinger, eighth grade advisor; Angela Conley, ninth grade advisor; Tammy Wells, tenth grade advisor; Angie Bush, eleventh grade advisor; Jennifer Price, 12th grade advisor; Ginger Holloway, JH Spirit Club; Jada Urquhart, high school student council; Angela Conley, high school yearbook; Jennifer Weikle, Spanish Club; Donna Kill, Junior High Science Club; Angela Crissinger, Junior high student council, Dick Uyak, In the Know; Marty Barnett, facility manager (.67 FTE) Tracy Williamson, fall play director and Evan Stickney, parking lot monitor.
The retirement of Brad Watts, classified employee, was accepted effective October 31, 2012.
Supt Petrie said he will announce dates for public meetings during which the school district finances will be discussed. He proposes two October meetings.
Board president Chuck Jones commented on the preliminary state report on the school. “It’s obviously great news for us. I’ve been talking about our district being excellent — we’re moving up the building levels — we should be celebrating. Credit to the staff and administration for setting the pace to follow. It’s encouraging and I think we’re in a great place.”
All board members concurred with him. The next regular board meeting will be held October 8 at 7 p.m.