By: Anna Wozniak
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
The Edgerton Board of Education met on Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at 6 p.m., hearing first from Mrs. Alicia Krill on the details of a bus for a field trip for the high school choir.
Present at this meeting were Board President Bob Siebenaler, vice-President Lyn Bowsher, Nick Hug, Amanda Giesige, and Bill Swank.
Also present was High School Principal Ben Wilhelm, Elementary Principal Brett Grieser, Superintendent Kermit Riehle, and Treasurer / CFO Bill Blakely. The board then entered into executive session at 6:08 p.m.
The board then returned from executive session at 6:44 p.m. before sharing a thank you for their donation of facilities for the Miss Edgerton Pageant, and a thank you note from the Chamber of Commerce for the provision of facilities for their concert.
The treasurer’s agenda was then accepted as presented, which included the general fund report containing the annual comparison between June and July for the last two years, budget forecasts for fiscal years 2024 and 2025, the monthly food service report, the investment transactions for fiscal year 2023, an unaudited financial statement, and the allocation of IDEA-B, Title I, Title II, Title IV, REAP, and ESSERs funds.
All of the treasurer’s recommendations were approved as presented, including bills, appropriations, and investments.
Also included in these recommendations were the annual posting 1 mill of permanent improvement tac settlement to Maintenance Fund 034, service agreements with NWOESC with St. Mary’s, the fiscal year 2024 student activity budget and purpose statements, two transfers into the Legacy Principals Fund from 2022 and 2023 remaining balances ($628.76 and $420.64, respectively), and a transfer from the General Fund into the High School Support Fund.
All of the superintendent’s recommendations were then approved as presented, including the high school choir’s trip to Nashville, Tennessee from March 23rd to 25th, an agreement with Wood County Educational Service Center, a roots analysis services agreement with Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center, bus routes for the year, the faculty handbook for the year, the purchase of a plasma torch for the shop class, the purchase of four Line Array speakers for the permanent sound system, and all personnel recommendations.
Superintendent Riehle then shared that student enrollment is down a little bit from last Spring, with 587 projected for the year, as well as news that the Safe Routes for School grant for the Department of Transportation project was accepted.
The ROOTS presentation went well, as have all professional development endeavors thus far.
The purchase agreement for the Goebel frontage property is moving forward, and should see the district’s attorney this month, and the new STEAM lab curriculum.
Elementary Principal Brett Grieser shared that they have had two successful back to school cookouts, and the month has been filled with new students and staff building a community and finding a rhythm for the year.
The elementary students have picked their theme, which is under the seas, and kindergarten open house and orientation were both successful.
September 1st will see a PTO fundraiser, mini cheer is coming up, PTO elections will be held September 6th and 7th, September 9th will see a JV Football game with mini cheer present, and September 19 will see a PTO meeting.
High school Principal Ben Wilhelm shared that close to 60% of high school students are involved in extracurricular activities, and the seniors have done their parking spots, and is looking forward to a great school year.
September 8th is the high school ELS House Kick-Off, September 11th and 12th are fair days and staff development days, and EHS Homecoming will take place on September 23rd.
The board then entered into executive session again at 7:25 p.m., with no action to be taken.
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