NEW HOOPS COACH … The Edon Board of Education unanimously approved thehiring of Matt Ripke as the Boys Varsity Basketball Coach at their latest meeting. (BY JEREMY SCOTT, STAFF)
By: Jeremy Scott
he Edon Northwest School Board met on April 22nd in regular session. All members were present at the meeting.
During the meeting the Board accepted donations in the amount of $3,150 for softball, cheerleading, baseball, the Class of 2022, post prom, and the school musical.
It was also approved the Treasurer to be the Superintendent/Board of Education designee for Public Records Training. They also approved the student accident insurance program through Guarantee Life Insurance Company for the 2021-2022 school year.
In personnel, the Board approved the resignations of the following at the end of the contract year: Dave Haase- PM Bus Driver, Loiuse Dick- Cook, Sue LaDuke-Classroom Aide/Media Center, LJ Walker-Athletic Director, and Brien Moore-Assistant Athletic Director.
In annual action, the Board non-renewed all supplemental contracts at the end of the 2020-2021 contract year. They also approved contracts for Summer Intervention Teachers at the rate of $25 per hour.
The Board enthusiastically approved a supplemental contract for Matt Ripke as the Head Boys’ Basketball coach. Ripke previous was the Head Basketball Coach for Edgerton, but resigned from that position earlier in the month.
In addition, the Board approved the Medicaid School Program Service Agreement with Healthcare Process Consulting for fiscal year 2022, approved updated Board Policies, and entered into the 2022 OHI Charter Worker Comp Group Rating Program which is an entity pool the district entered for workers compensation benefits.
Finally, the Board approved a new fund for the Mildred Taylor Scholarship Fund with estimated revenues of $5,000.
In other news, the districts new bus has arrived, and is currently being readied to be placed into service. The district had been splitting a school psychologist with Montpelier Schools, but Montpelier has decided to not renew this agreement.
Luckily for the district, Bryan City Schools was looking to hire a school psychologist on a part time basis, and will be willing to share with Edon. Bryan is currently in the process of hiring for this position.
The district was in need of 250 new Chromebooks, and had made a decision on a supplier. However, the supplier could not guarantee that the District would receive these units by May 27th as requested in the districts bid package, saying instead the best case would have the units by August 1st.
The decision was made to instead purchase the new units directly from Dell. This cost the district $5,000 more dollars, but the units are already in hand.
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