SCHOOL BUSINESS … Edon school board member Cody Best (left) and Edon Superintendent Anthony Stevens preside over business during the November 14 meeting. (PHOTO BY DANIEL COOLEY, STAFF)
By: Daniel Cooley
The November 14 Edon School Board meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by roll call.
All five school board members, Cody Best, Jamie Schaffter, Patty Eicher, Ashley Reed and David Wehrle were in attendance.
In the first order of business, the board approved the previous meeting minutes from October 10.
Next, the board approved of the six other items from the consent agenda: the October financial reports; the then and now certificate for October; the amended certificate from the county auditor; donations and the October substitute lists from the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center.
In the treasurer’s report, Deb Nester reported that this year’s revenue, currently at $211,000, is higher than last year’s revenue.
Also, Nester said that the state auditors are close to finishing up for the 2022 fiscal year. In addition, she reported that the bond levy will be paid off in 2024.
In the high school principal report, principal Kayla Lapham stated that there was a total of 16 staff members who received staff shout outs. Two big shout outs went to Austin Thiel and John Gallehue.
Lapham said that Thiel, since he switched to the day shift, has done a great job cleaning the locker rooms and the school.
Gallehue is strict and makes sure that his students are keeping up with their work. Even if he seems scary, he cares a lot about his students and is a good teacher.
Lapham stated that seven teachers have joined the Culturize Book Study. The group will meet five times during the school year and the most recent discussions were about chromebooks.
On November 9, all the seventh and eighth grade students either got to tour Winzeler Stamping or Bryan Truck Line.
Next, the Maumee Valley Guidance Center presented signs of suicide to the health classes on October 18 and 19.
Also, on October 25, high school health students attended the University of Toledo Cadaver Lab and ProMedica Helicopter Tour.
In addition, on October 26-28, 19 FFA members attended the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis. Also, the junior high choir performed at the Community Building on October 31.
In the elementary principal report, Jen Ripke reported that on October 24, the elementary staff had a great Professional Development Day.
The day started with a staff scavenger hunt and the staff then split up into two groups for Mike Altman’s math presentation.
Altman has been hired as a math consultant, to help school districts. Ripke said she hopes to have Altman return in December, to work with K-1 teachers and 5-8 teachers.
Ripke stated that it was nice to hold parent/teacher conferences in person, once again.
Ripke announced that there is a new resource for students of grades 4-12.
The resource, Learning Ally, is a website for audiobooks. Students can load the books on their chromebooks.
Learning Ally contains more than 80,000 books, including some current textbooks.
Ripke stated that the fifth and sixth grade quiz team placed third at the Williams County Elementary Quiz Bowl.
Members of the quiz team are coach Audra Nester and students Rielynn Camper, Paisley Herman, Parker Lucas, Walker Schooley, Zoe Hake and Ceagan Oberlin.
Ripke gave thanks to Cynthia Jewel of the Edon Public Library. Jewel has helped with ordering new books for the school library, by using money from the Edon Area Foundation.
In the superintendent’s report, Anthony Stevens stated that there are a good number of students 559, in the Edon School District.
In addition, Stevens said that the Edon School District put together a great Veteran’s Day presentation, with a strong 34 veterans attending.
In action items, the board approved the five-year forecast for school years 2023-27.
Next, the board approved a Resolution authorizing the purchase of three 84 passenger transit school buses from Cardinal Bus Sales and Service. That gives the Edon School District six 84 passenger school buses.
The board then approved of the following three action items: board policy updates from Volume 40, number one, from August 2021; the supplemental contracts for the 2022-23 school year and the transfer of funds from 022 OHSAA Funds to 300-950 Athletic Funds.
Nester said that the transfer of funds was needed, because the OHSAA now sells all their tournament tickets online.
The board then moved into executive session.
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