Cardington-Lincoln Board of Education met in regular session on March 10 but had previously met for three special meetings on February 5, February 10 and February 17.
During the February 17 meeting Jerry Williams was named the new head football coach of the Cardington Pirates. A graduate of Big Walnut High School, Williams played at West Liberty State College where he was also a graduate assistant. He has held several coaching positions; Centerburg High School, Mount Vernon High School, Big Walnut High School and most recently he coached running backs at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware. He also currently teaches at the Goal Digital Academy.
During the board’s most recent meeting, Superintendent Brian Petrie announced the following donations had been made: from the Cardington Vo-Ag Farm to the FFA, a total of $10,000; from Aetna Insurance to athletics, a total of $94.93; from Ohio Pyle Prince to the high school support fund, a total of $28.81 and from the Athletic Boosters to the Class of 2015, a sum of $300.00
Petrie also praised the girls bowling team for their success this year.
Giving his report was Scott Osborne, district treasurer, who explained the reasoning for the creation of an account for Ohio High School Athletic Association Tournament for tournament hosting.
“This is the first year the OHSAA required all the money from tournaments to flow through the school districts,” Osborne said. “In the past you’ve had outside managers that would run a tournament - athletic directors would have separate accounts that all the money would flow through - the OHSSA working with the auditor’s office is now requiring those tournament monies flow through the school district in order to have better control of those monies. We sponsored the wrestling sectional and the boys basketball tournaments so those monies will go in to this fund and all those funds will be spent out so it will be a “O” sum and it will be zero dollars at the end of year.”
The board approved the creation of Fund 022-9114.
He also said there is information on the district web site from the treasurer’s office concerning the new income tax and explaining the process for its collection.
The board approved payment of bills totaling $948,932.45 written on warrant checks 83986 to 84142.
Also approved was a resolution accepting the amounts and rates of tax levies as determined by the Budget Commission and certifying them to the auditor.
Modification of Fy 2014 appropriations by increasing fund 022 in the amount of $8,171.00 was approved.
Scott Hardwick, principal of Grades K-4, gave an update on activities in those grades.
John Brehm, athletic director and assistant 7–12 principal, reviewed the presentation of ‘The Beauty and the Beast,” presented over three nights with a cast of students from grades 1-12. He said the attendance was great with 207 the first night, 271 the second night and almost 400 the third night.
“I have never seen the auditorium that full for a paid admission,” he said. He commended Tracy Williamson, the drama advisor, for her work with the program and he complimented Mrs. Marilyn Spires-Pierotti for her input and wisdom with the directing of the program.
“We are fortunate to have her helping Tracy with the program.”
Brehm thanked Larry Smith for all the work he has done with the wrestling program and with the flawless work he has done with the checkbook wrestling account.
“We are not one of the reasons why they went to having the school take care of it- in fact our wrestling section is one of the few that has made money every year that we’ve had it. Several have actually lost money in the central district- how well we’ve run ours is why we get to keep it when central district reduced two sectionals to one.”
He said this is the first time that he’s been here that we had the boys basketball tournament and he hopes to keep it.
He also recognized the boys bowling team - “when they went to the district we had our district champ - freshman Austin Edgell bowled 11 straight strikes, bowling 299., On the twelfth, the eighth pin did not fall down,” he said.
On the topic of the Cardington Digital Academy Supt Petrie gave its background and the current status of the program. He noted he is gathering more data and information about the program and will bring a recommendation to the next board meeting.
The board approved severance pay for a former employee, Nancy Hardin, in the amount of $2,157.72.
Also approved was the retirement of classified member Dave Leonard as a bus monitor aide effective May 31, 2014
The board approved the calendar for 2013-2014. The first day of school will be August 18. The opening day for teachers will be August 12. Classes will be dismissed for fair week and resume on September 2. There will be 175 instructional days. Christmas break will be from December 22 through January 2, 2015 The last day of school will be May 29, 2015.
Approved was the consent agenda which includes employment of classified employees Cindy Jordan, custodian; Carol Mosher, aide; and Anita Foos, secretary, effective April 1, 2014; employment of exempt classified employee Tracy Zvansky, administrative assistant to the superintendent, effective July 1, 2014 and classified employee Fred Buckner, substitute bus driver.
Also employed with one year supplemental contracts that expire June 30, 2014 were Tod Brininger head varsity softball; Alan Adams, junior varsity softball; Levi Messmer, varsity baseball assistant; Chris Pearl, junior varsity baseball; Jon Naylor, boys varsity track; Corie Moore, girls varsity track; Kirby Francis, junior high track and Ben Thiel, physical Fitness Director. A resident Educator stipend in the amount of $300 was approved for Tonya Bonnette.
Board members commenting included Vicki Kerman who congratulated the teachers and those who got the Blizzard Bags together on short notice.
Marilyn Davis said, “things are very good.”
President Chuck Jones said, “Thanks to the staff and everybody it takes to make the district run. It has been a very trying couple of months with respect to the weather- everybody has been adaptable - it’s an overall effort by everyone involved. Things are going very well as evidenced by all the awards coming in - academically, I’ve said it the last few years, we’re headed in the right direction, the staff and the kids wanting to learn, let’s continue onward and upward.”
Board member Pat Clark said, “I came on this board nine years ago and we were just finishing up building the new school and our goal was to focus on the curriculum and academics and I’m so proud to serve on this board and have the school recognized by the state of Ohio.”
The meeting, which began at 7 pm, entered executive session at 8:05 pm based on ORC 121.22 (G) 1,2,3,4, 5, and 6. Executive session concluded at 9:39 pm and the regular session ended at 9:40 pm.
The board will meet next on April 14, 2014 at 7 pm in the high school library.