By: Anna Wozniak
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
The Edon Northwest Local School District Board of Education met on Monday, December 11, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. Present were members Cody Best, David Wehrle, Ashley Reed, and Jamie Schafter. Member Patty Eicher was absent.
Others in attendance were Superintendent Anthony Stevens, Middle / High School Principal Kayla Lapham, Treasurer Deborah Nester, and Elementary / Middle School Principal Jen Ripke.
The meeting began with the approval of the minutes from the November 13, 2023 meeting as presented, 2023’s November financial reports, and an amendment to the certificate request for the County Auditor for the Library, basketball team, and K-12 Connectivity program.
Donations were approved from the following: Edon Athletic Boosters; Edon Farmers CoOp; Miller Body Shop; State Bank; Best Insurance; Black Swamp Equipment; Dimension Hardwood Veneer; Krill Funeral Home; Thiel Construction; M. Miller; Brandt Thiel; Creep Graphics & Threads.
The early graduate list was approved pending present course completion before reports were given to the board.
Mrs. Nester shared the SM2 report, which compared November 2023 to November 2022, showing that revenues have risen $279,364 and expenses have risen by $161,187 since last year. State auditors have begun the FY 2022-2023 audit.
Mrs. Lapham shared the December staff “shout outs,” which were as follows: Deb Green, Pauline Snow, Angie Coles, and Ruth Soto.
Mrs. Lapham shared Mrs. Bloir and Mrs. Lapham will administer six retakes in January with three students taking for the first time, that Mrs. Ripke and Mrs. Lapham have begun preparing for the ACT registering and uploading documents for students, and that Mrs. Bloir will meet with each student as they begin creating their schedule for the next school year.
The week of December 19-21st will see some spirit action with dress up week, and the semester will end on December 21st.
Mrs. Ripke shared that the Thanksgiving Feast was very successful with thanks to the ladies in the auditeria and the students who created the placemats and centerpieces.
Mrs. Ripke also shared that December 4th saw the elementary winter concert and that, through Amplify, high dosage tutoring began with students in grades K-3.
Fall grade 3 ELA state tests results were received, and 76% of the students have met the reading promotion score.
Mrs. Ripke shared that Mindy Edwards and Katie Rummel have been working on internet/social media safety presentations with the elementary students before Mr. Stevens began his report.
He shared that the mid-year bus inspection results showed all district buses passing, shared the progress on the secure vestibule project, and led discussion on the district’s SRO (school resource officer) contract.
Seven motions were then made and carried, starting with Motion 128-23 and ending with Motion 134-23.
Motion 125-23 approved the tax levy amounts and rates for certification by the Williams County Auditor as presented.
Motion 126-23 approved a bid for a 2023 Toolcat Bobcat 5600 for $52,104 from Bobcat of Fort Wayne.
Motion 127-23 updated NEOLA Board policies, and Motion 129-23 approved Kay Vollmer as a substitute cafeteria worker for the remainder of the 2023-24 school year.
Motion 129-23 approved paying the 2024 Ohio School Boards Association and School Management News membership dues.
Motion 130-23 approved a contract with Lori Moore -Visions Photography for photography services, and Motion 131-23 approved amendments to the classified employee handbook.
Motion 132-23 approved the next organizational and regular meeting date, which is to be January 8, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.
Motion 133-23 approved Cody Best as President Pro-Term for the January meeting, and Motion 134-23 approved the adjournment of the Edon Northwest Local Board of Education meeting at 6:21 p.m.