Mt. Gilead Schools enrollment up
By LeAnne Gompf –
School is back in session and enrollment across the district is up, according to the Mt. Gilead Board of Education at their August 21 board meeting.
With a full week under their belts, the students of Mount Gilead got to take a week off for the Morrow County Fair. Yesterday, however, it was business as usual and the education process for the new year was in full swing.
During their monthly Board of Education meeting, several positions were approved by the board and reports given with regard to the finances of the district.
District Treasurer Trevor Gummere reported that the following line item accounts will be eliminated effective September 1, 2012: Class of 2012, FCCLA, Multi Age, MGEVS Band Fees, Park Avenue Library, Middle School Library, High School Fee, Park Avenue Fee, Middle School Fee. Gummere clarified that fees are not eliminated but will be accounted for differently. Gummere reiterated to the board that, with regard to health insurance for the district, the board is going to change their third party administrator with Medical Mutual of Ohio network as of January 1, 2013. He recommended that they hire a consultant to help evaluate health cost in order to save the district money. Axomation, LLC was awarded a two-year contract.
“With the consultants’ engagement, we were able to secure a 19% reduction in health and prescription rates for our district,” Gummere told the board. “The savings were not obtainable until the first week of August due to the claims and such being available. Moving forward, if the district does not save any money on health cost, the consultant will not receive any payment for services.”
The board took action on the following positions and these individuals were employed in the designated positions according to the adopted salary schedule: Marian Easlick, Substitute Custodian; Amy Fisher, Matt Visconti and Anna Walter, Aides through Renhill; Ryan Curtis, Technology Services; Susan Delaney, Fiscal Services – Accounts Payable; Carolyn Ebert EMIS Coordinator Services (Powerschool); Nancy Goossens, Fiscal Services – Payroll; Teri Gray, Human Resources Coordinator; Christine Anthony, Math Coach (Title I Funding); Bonnie Bostic , Part Time Cafeteria; Allie Brewer, Substitute Teacher; Stephanie Clark, Full Time Bus Driver; Kathy Claffey, Part Time Cafeteria; Carla Counts, Substitute Aide; Brittany Dudgeon1st Grade Teacher; Beth Gerasimof, Part Time Cafeteria; Jodi Gordon,Part Time Cafeteria Sandra Harris, Part Time Cafeteria Tammy Hinkle, Substitute Bus Driver Victoria Knuckles4th Grade Teacher Dennis Richardson, Substitute Teacher Tammy Sellers, Full Time Bus Driver Bryan Thompson, Substitute Teacher Christy Tinch, Full Time Bus Driver Roger VanHoose, Substitute Custodian Judy Stanton, Aide (Renhill) Brandon Haycox, Intervention Specialist Mike Barron and Gary Bartlett, Faculty Managers Cody Castline, MS Assistant Football Coach Mike Galleher, MS Cross Country Coach Michelle Heacock, 7th Grade Volleyball Coach Mark Kennon, MS Head Football Coach Joey Powell, Assistant Band Director (Volunteer) Jodi Richline, 8th Grade Volleyball Coach Steve Ringer, Weightroom Coordinator Annie Robertson, Flag Corps Joe Ruhl, MS Football Coach Ben Saunders, Assistant MS Football Coach (Volunteer) Nikki Vanderkooi, HS Cheer Caoch Mike Williamson, HS Head Wrestling Coach Melinda Wood, Occupational Therapy Independent Contract MeMartha Gostely, Occupational Therapy Independent Contract
In further business the board accepted the resignations of the following individuals: Morgan Heacock, Aide (Renhill) and 8th Grade Volleyball Coach Sherry Seckel, Aide (Renhill) Dianna Stevens, Cafeteria Mike Williamson, MS Wrestling Coach Katie Wislon, 1st Grade Teacher Ashley Wittel, Intervention Specialist.
The board approved the following agreements and contracts for the 2012–2013 school year: the Adaptive Physical Education Service between the Morrow County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Mount Gilead Village School District;
the OnSite, LLC Letter of Agreement for the required drug testing of bus drivers through Metropolitan Education Council;
purchasing contract with Smith Dairy Products Company through Metropolitan Educational Council;
the purchasing contract with Alfred Nickles Bakery, Inc. through the Metropolitan Educational Council;
approval of the Speech Therapy Services Contract for FY13 for the Tomorrow Center with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center (NCOESC);
and the approval of the newly revised Administrative Crisis handbook.
Board member Virgil Staley was appointed to attend the OSBA Business meeting on behalf of the board to be held November 12, 2012. In an effort to save the district money on paper cost, the new Superintendent is recommending to the board that, in the future, all agenda items and reports be provided to the board electronically. It will then become the board members responsibility to read and prepare prior to the meeting, as well as all documents be made available for others to examine. He also recommended that the board begin using a board agenda by consent format. This will eliminate the board voting on each agenda item, allowing for more flexibility. Items of concern can then be extracted if further discussion is merited.
During the community and citizen’s comments, Superintendent Thompson was asked by grade school parents in attendance why he eliminated the after school program without consulting the parents via a survey to see what the interest would be for the new year. Parents explained the need for programming and questioned Mr. Thompson about alternatives for the working parents who are unable to pick up their child after school due to working out of town. Mr. Thompson had no concrete answers for them except to explain that the program was not self sufficient or able to pay for itself, so he would be looking for other ways to meet the community need for after school programming.
With no further business or comments the board adjoined to meet again on Tuesday September 18 at 7:00 p.m.