Created on Thursday, 18 April 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
By MANDY LOEHR, Examiner Staff Writer
Riverside Board of Education members approved at their regular rescheduled Wednesday meeting a five-year agreement with the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center that will make Riverside Schools a satellite location for the career center.
Beginning next school year, Riverside High School students will have the opportunity to take advantage of three different OHPCC curriculums without leaving their school — media arts, agricultural science and business education. The classes will take place during their regular school day.
The program will utilize Riverside teachers who will become OHPCC instructors for those specific classes, and the instructors also will be paid for those blocks by the career center.
Superintendent Scott Mann said he has worked with OHPCC Superintendent Jeff Price for several years to make these arrangements.
INCLUDED BELOW —BENJAMIN LOGAN BOE: Action paves way for energy measures
“Pupils are going to be able to earn credits toward college without leaving our campus. We’re really excited to be able to have these offerings at our school that will be a great benefit for our students in the future,” Mr. Mann said.
The program will build on Riverside’s current offering of a media arts-related class in partnership with the career center for the start-up of the school’s radio station, WDEQ 91.7, this school year. The radio station had not been operating for several years.
“We broadcast mainly in the DeGraff and Riverside areas, and this has been a great program for our students,” Junior High and High School Principal Andy McGill said. “Our students have put together a daily sports show and also have broadcast basketball and football games and will be broadcasting baseball and softball games this spring.”
Currently, the satellite location agreement will offer the classes just for Riverside students, but the potential exists in the future to expand the programs to pupils from other districts.
“We’ll see how interest grows with the programs, and eventually, we will take a look to see if offering classes to other students would be an option,” Mr. McGill said.
During other discussion items, Treasurer Jennifer Blackford reported that the district has received the Auditor of the State Award for exemplary financial reporting for the third year in a row.
The most recent award pertains to Riverside’s fiscal year 2012 audit, which did not contain findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or any questioned cost. The management letter also did not contain comments related to ethics referrals, lack of timely report submission, reconciliations, failure to obtain a timely single audit or public meeting and public records.
In personnel matters, the board accepted the retirement resignations of Nancy Hall, cafeteria supervisor; and Janet Bell, custodian, both effective May 31. Both employees have worked for the district for 25 years.
Members also conducted a public hearing regarding the re-employment of retired teacher Tim Walls. He was then extended a one-year contract for next school year.
In other action, the board:
• accepted the resignation of Douglas Walter, bus driver, effective April 12;
• extended contracts to the following certified staff members: five year — Molly Corwin, Stacey Fauley, Shelly Shively, Jennifer Walls; two year — Melanie Easton, Gregg Johnson, Stephanie Smith; and one year — Catherine Eastman, Angel Godwin, Darcie Jenkins, Derrick Purtee and Tim Walls;
• extended a two-year non-teaching contracts to Jason Bell, maintenance supervisor, and Angie Recinos, bus driver;
• retroactively approved the use of a school van to transport two students and two staff members to Georgetown College in Kentucky April 13;
• approved the purchase of 14 computers from Perry ProTech at a cost of $522 per unit, with nine computers to be purchased with Title VI-B Low and Rural Development Grant funds, and five to be paid with Title I Grant funds;
• approved the Guarantee Trust Student Insurance Program with Griffin Insurance for optional student insurance for the 2012-13 school year;
• approved the list of 2013 Riverside High School seniors who will graduate during commencement May 24 pending the completion of all state and local requirements;
• approved a contract for Thursday/Saturday school monitors at the rate of $15 per hour for Adam Huber, Lucinda Fleming and Deanna McIntosh;
• approved the three-year consulting agreement with Strategic Management Solutions for e-rate consulting services at a cost of $2,160; and
• approved a rental request for use of school facilities for Brenda Kauppinen on May 5.
The next meeting is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at the school library.
BENJAMIN LOGAN BOE: Action paves way for energy measures
By SUE PITTS, Examiner Staff Writer
The Benjamin Logan Board of Education met in special session Wednesday to approve a resolution to submit an application for an Energy Conservation Program HB 264 energy savings project, along with two other measures.
HB 264 “allows school districts to make energy efficiency improvements to their buildings and use the cost savings to pay for those improvements,” according to the Ohio School Facilities Commission’s Web site.
“The Energy Conservation Program gives districts the ability, in this one limited instance, to borrow funds without having to pass a ballot issue for the authority to borrow. This limited borrowing authority has given districts the ability to save millions in utility bills and operating costs, and all at no additional taxpayer expense,” it states.
Passage by the Ben Logan board, Superintendent Lori Lytle said, “begins the process of applying for the opportunity to achieve energy savings. This does not lock us in to spending any funds, but allows us to see if the state will approve our project. It is a four to five month process, minimum.”
To participate, districts must work with a licensed professional qualified in the design and installation of energy conservation measures, complete an energy study, estimate the cost of measures to be taken and estimate the savings in energy consumption and operating costs.
Measures must significantly reduce energy consumption and operating/maintenance costs to qualify. The energy conservation measures must save in energy, operational and maintenance costs over fifteen years, an amount equal to or exceeding the cost of implementing the measures, according to the OSFC.
“(Treasurer Robert Kuehnle) and I have been working on this possibility for almost two years. Changing out our lighting alone will give us savings in the first year. In this project, we have added the possibility of air conditioning to the three buildings as well,” Ms. Lytle related.
“(Administrators) have always prided ourselves on being very frugal and conservative. Finding significant savings in our operations is something we feel strongly about.”
Addressing apprehensions district residents may feel, Ms. Lytle said, “If we move ahead, funds come from Permanent Improvement (funds designated for such projects) and borrowing (against the projected savings).
“It is completely separate from the need of a general operating levy we are asking for in May; the funds are very different,” she asserted.
In other matters, the board approved seeking bids for the natural gas meters and connecting pipes. A groundbreaking was conducted Wednesday with All American Energy to start the districtwide conversion from propane to natural gas. A separate story on that project appears elsewhere in the Examiner.
“We are optimistic about the future conversion from propane and our savings in energy costs,” Ms. Lytle said.
The third resolution allowed the purchase of two buses from the MEC consortium, at a total cost of $175,184.
The next regular board meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday, May 20.