By: Amy Wendt
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
On Monday, January 8, the Millcreek-West Unity Board of Education met for its 2024 Organizational Meeting followed by its Regular January Board Meeting with Heather Jones, Brian Wieland, Dave Chester, Dawn Layman, and Randy Mahlman present. Superintendent Jim Wyse and Treasurer Traci Thompson were also in attendance.
Beginning with the Organizational Meeting, Treasurer Thompson proceeded to administer the oath of office to board members Jones and Layman whose terms commenced on January 1st.
Heather Jones was then elected by her peers to serve as Board President for 2024 while Brian Wieland was elected to serve as Vice President.
Filling 2024 committee seats, the Board appointed newcomer Dawn Layman to serve as Legislative Liason, board members Wieland and Mahlman were chosen to serve on the Facilities/Technology Committee while Jones and Mahlman were appointed to the Audit Committee. Jones will also be serving alongside the Treasurer and Superintendent on the Public Records Commission.
K-6 Principal Jason Mansfield and 7-12 Principal Steven Riley were then appointed to serve as Superintendents Pro-Tem for 2024.
The Board then adopted the following meeting schedule for 2024: Monday, January 8; Monday, February 12; Monday, March 11; Monday, April 8; Monday, May 13; Monday, June 24; Monday, July 8; Monday, August 12; Monday, September 16; Monday, October 14; Monday, November 11; and Monday, December 9, 2024. All Board Meetings will be held in the school library at 6:00 p.m.
Other items on the Organizational Meeting Agenda for the Board’s consideration included establishing board compensation at $100 per meeting, and designating interest earned from various General Fund accounts then returning that interest to their funds of origin.
In annual housekeeping items, the Board also sanctioned duties of both the Treasurer and Superintendent.
Moving on to the regular board meeting, Mr. Wyse presented the First Semester Bully Report and the minutes from the NwOESC Business Advisory Council September quarterly meeting.
Mr. Wyse also thanked the Board for their service to the district and acknowledged their ongoing commitment to Hilltop.
The Board approved the minutes, financial statements, and investments from the December 2023 meeting.
As a part of the Consent Agenda, the Board also approved a depository agreement with F&M Bank, the district 403(b) plan document administered by OMNI &TSACG Compliance Services, and approved an appropriation modification decreasing the Title IIA fund $13,678.38.
The final school calendar for the 2024-2025 school year was also approved. A graduate study reimbursement request from Elizabeth Horton was approved and she also advanced to the 150 SH Index salary schedule.
The Board accepted the resignation of Jen Huber and rescinded the JH Track Coach supplemental contract for Shawn Blaisdell.
The Millcreek-West Unity School Board will meet for its next regular meeting on Monday, February 12, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. in the School Library.