Ben Logan takes step toward HB 264 work

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The Benjamin Logan Board of Education braved the elements Monday to conduct its regular monthly meeting and pass a resolution allowing Treasurer Robert Kuehnle to set up financing for the district’s House Bill 264 project.

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. Ben Logan intends to make lighting and HVAC control upgrades to realize savings enough to fund air conditioning for all buildings.

“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,” OSFC states.

“We will be selling roughly $2 million in general obligation bonds,” Mr. Kuehnle explained. “This includes $1.6 million for the HB 264 project, $324,000 for the A/C equipment, and cost to cover issuance of the bonds (attorneys, underwriting, ratings, etc.).”

Administrators also expect to consider a second resolution in the coming months to Tax Anticipation Notes, “ which will cover the remaining part of the A/C equipment.”

Work is anticipated to begin in April and take about a year to complete.

In response to exceeding calamity days, the board approved revisions to the current school year calendar to make up days missed because of extreme weather conditions. All students and staff will report for classes March 7 and April 17, originally scheduled for parent/teacher conferences and waiver/teacher in-service days, respectively. Seniors, if needed, are to attend Saturdays March 8, 15, 22 and 29 and April 26.

The board accepted the retirement resignation of Carol Hardman, effective Feb. 27. Mrs. Hardman retired previously and was rehired, accumulating a total of 27 years with the district.

Extra duty contracts were assigned to Carleton Cotner, high school assistant boys track; Trisha Hemmelgarn and Allison Reule, high school assistant girls track; Tom Braddock, middle school boys track; Jamison Hughes, middle school girls track; Rob Painter and Marice Straker, assistant middle school track; and Amanda Davis and Chelsey Dixon, assistant softball. Contracts to non-licensed individuals included Mark Himmeger and Michael Coughlin, assistant baseball; Bob Stierhoff, assistant JV baseball; Rob Drumm, assistant JV softball; Scott Wenger and Brian Hemmelgarn, assistant high school boys track; and Stacey Longshore, assistant high school girls track.

In other matters, the board authorized, accepted or approved:

• the donation of rubberized flooring from Honda R&D for the athletic department;

• the volunteer coaching services of Doug Rutan, Nathan Stierhoff, Drew Dixon, John Campbell, Mike Overturf and Garrett Oliver;

• payment of $325 per day to Michael Hassel as interim middle school principal;

• a list of 15 elementary instructors for intervention tutoring for OAA testing at a rate of $24 per hour;

• open enrollment policies for next school year;

• a contract with the Western Ohio Computer Organization for internet services through June 30, 2017;

• a bid of $6,653.37 from Double D Construction for repair to the central office building;

• the resignations of substitute librarian Katie Elsasser and trustee Leon Snyder from the Belle Center Free Public Library, and the appointments of trustees Dave Johns and Stephanie Snyder.