Mt. Gilead BOE selects officers for 2013, considers new score board
By Taylor Kaser -
Officers were appointed to lead the Mt. Gilead Board of Education at their first meeting of the year on January 3.
Jeff Sweeney was reappointed to serve as the board’s president and Keith Rogers assumed the role of vice president for the 2013 calender year. Members serving as liaisons to the Ohio School Boards Association will be Sharon Kincade as the board’s legislative liaison, Virgil Staley as the student achievement liaison and Jeff Sweeney as the public records liaison.
Brett Sander, a representative from Slam Dunk Sports Marketing, LLC addressed the board, laying out an avenue for the board to consider in replacing the score board at the football field.
Sander explained that his company takes care of locating local sponsors for the project. The sponsors who donate money will then have an advertisement for their business on the new board.
Sander explained, “There’s no cost or risk from the school’s perspective.” Slam Dunk would assume responsibility for raising the needed funds, using their time and energy.
Local businesses in the village will be contacted along with some corporate businesses located nearby, like Meijer, said Sander.
A basic new board will probably cost between $20,000-$25,000, said Smith. Boards with additional features do have a higher price, but Smith noted that Slam Dunk boards are quality made and come with a warranty.
Sweeney asked what happens when the process is well under way, but not all of the necessary funds have been collected?
Out of 100 projects, Smith assured the board that 95 of those are completed. He explained that if a shortage of funds occurs, the board can decide to make up the remaining cost. In some instances, he said that Slam Dunk will absorb the remaining balance.
Issues with the score board at the football field have been ongoing, the entire board agreed. Sweeney gave Superintendent Jeff Thompson permission to proceed in drawing up a preliminary contract agreement with Slam Dunk while the board deliberates.
Superintendent Thompson gave his regular report, stating, “We’ve been watching what we spend carefully.” It was highlighted that some technology update costs are not coming from the general budget. He also noted that data is being collected for a financial meeting, to give the board a better view of the school’s finances in late January or early February.
The following recommendations from the Superintendent were approved: Sarah Thiel will be a substitute teacher for the 2012–2013 school year, a leave without pay for Michelle Cheadle, the payment of $7,500 to Michael Heath Principal of the Tomorrow Center from a federal grant for achieving goals set out in the Teacher Incentive Competitive Grant.
It was noted that the funds Heath is receiving are from the federal grant that he applied for and received, not from the district. The federal grant is available to schools that are struggling, but are improving and reaching goals outlined in the grant. Sweeney noted that Heath has accomplished acquiring over $1 million for the Tomorrow Center.
The board’s next meeting will be on January 15 at 7 p.m at the Cherry St. administrative offices.