Created on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
New AD hired at Indian Lake
By NATE SMITH
Examiner Staff Writer
The Indian Lake Board of Education approved at its regular meeting Monday a two-year contract for a new athletic-activity director.
The board approved Jeff Courter to replace retiring athletic director Rick Blust effective July 1. He will be paid $76,000 per year.
Mr. Courter comes from Sidney City Schools where he worked for 18 years as an athletic trainer and more recently as athletic director.
School board member Steve Spath, who sat on the interview committee to select a new athletic director, said Mr. Courter was the group’s first choice. Mr. Courter was among five interviews the committee conducted. They had scheduled six interviews, one of whom didn’t show, Mr. Spath said.
In other action, the board accepted resignations of middle school teachers Amy Sullivan and Heather Godwin. Mrs. Sullivan worked 20 years, and Mrs. Godwin worked 14 years in the district.
Resignations for the purpose of retirement were accepted for Sue Chaney, elementary teacher and Shirley Kiggins and Ann Cartwright, educational assistants.
Mrs. Chaney and Mrs. Cartwright each worked in the district for 20 years; and Mrs. Kiggins spent 19 years at Indian Lake.
The board also approved a list of 117 graduates set to accept a diploma at Sunday’s 2 p.m. commencement ceremony, pending completion of all requirements.
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Packed agenda at Ben Logan
By SUE PITTS
Examiner Staff Writer
Jessica Yoder was recognized Monday for attaining the Academic All Ohio Girls Basketball Award and TEAMS members demonstrated why they are ranked among the best during a regular meeting of the Benjamin Logan Board of Education.
Senior members of the Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science squad offered a demonstration of their homemade robots that earned them second place out of 31 Ohio teams at recent state competition and were fifth from 103 teams nationally. They are mentored by instructor Art Stormer.
Jessica, honored by her coach Donnie Sosby, is an eight-year member of the basketball program and scored her 1,000th point in the final season home game. Mr. Sosby said he believes Jessica is the only girl in school history to receive this particular basketball award.
A measure to collectively oppose House Bill 59 did not receive a motion to open the resolution to a vote, and was pulled from the agenda, pending further discussion amongst board members. Also known as the Educational Choice Scholarship Program, Gov. John Kasich’s biennial budget legislation seeks to transfer public dollars to support private education.
The board also recognized and accepted the retirement resignations of first-grade instructors Debra Claassen and Jeanne Stout, and bus drivers Alice Dixon and Alice Penwell. Ms. Claassen retired with 35 years of service as do Ms. Stout and Ms. Dixon. Ms. Penwell departs with four years as a full-time and four years as a substitute driver.
Nathan Stierhoff was hired under a one-year certified contract as an elementary school teacher.
Classified hourly contracts went to Braillist Tammy Blake, recess aide Cindy Stalling, Raider Care/PT aides Jessica Willoby and Leslee Simmons, and Alchemy System coordinators Mike Coder and Diana Neer. Beverly Houchin was moved from high school cook to head middle school cook.
The district is contracting with Shaw Industries Inc. for replacement of carpet for the middle and elementary schools at a combined cost of $76,128.14. Work will be completed during the summer break.
In other matters, the board authorized, accepted or approved:
• OGT test tutors Carleton Cotner, Bryan Knurek, Jamison Hughes and Joslin Lee;
• summer school teachers Jamison Hughes, Bryan Knurek, Carleton Cotner and Joslin Lee and LeAnn Poppe-Freehauf, split time;
• homebound instruction tutor Dawn Gibson;
• payment of OHSAA tournament athletic workers;
• an extensive list of instructors eligible for $100 stipends in their subject area, to be paid from RttT funds;
• a list of summer school teachers and aides;
• a list of supplemental extra-duty contracts for licensed and non-licensed individuals;
• a list of summer camps and clinics;
• facility use agreements for summer Acme teams and fall baseball leagues;
• chaperones for the eighth-grade Washington, D.C. trip;
• student transportation agreement with Ina Warrick to transport a student one day a week;
• reimbursement to bus drivers who maintain their buses at home;
• a $10,000 Ohio Department of Education Advance Placement Grant;
• $477.20 from Dr. Shiva Prasad for the high school science lab;
• $350 from Fides Circle of King’s Daughters and $1,000 from Harriet Chapter 252 Order of the Eastern Star for eighth-grade Washington, D.C., trip scholarships;
• $2,172 for a sound system and $14,384.95 for interactive white boards, iPads and a cart for the elementary school from the Ben Logan ES PTC; and
• the volunteer assistant coaching services of Doug Titus and Robyn Grant.
Graduation is at 7 p.m. Friday, May 31. The next regular meeting is at 7 p.m. June 17.
Riverside to change entrance
Principal extended contract
By Mandy loehr
Examiner Staff Writer
Continuing their efforts to make school safety a priority, Riverside Board of Education members approved at their regular rescheduled meeting Monday evening a measure that will create a monitored entrance at the school for visitors beginning next school year.
Work will take place this summer by Ohio Valley Integration Services Inc. to install security enhancements at the main entrance, which will include an intercom system with a camera that will be linked to the main office.
Staff members in the office will be able to monitor the entrance and also control the release door to allow guests into the school building, Superintendent Scott Mann said.
For the project, a $1,631 security enhancements contract was issued to Ohio Valley Integration Services Inc. to be paid with permanent improvement funds.
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