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Getting ‘SMART’

Examiner Staff Writer

Electronic white boards to be installed in each high school class

Benjamin Logan officials continue to move ahead in the technology world to afford students the most up-to-date learning tools by integrating electronic white boards into each high school classroom.

In his report to the district’s board of education Monday, Technology Coordinator Jason Smith shared plans to have some 30 white boards, also known by brand name SMART Board, installed by Christmas.

He said donors got the ball rolling by funding the purchase of two SMART Boards that were implemented prior to the end of the last school year. The district is looking at a more economical version to complete the project.

Superintendent Lori Lytle affirmed the district’s commitment to moving forward with technology and said of this project, “We are moving at lightning speed” to stay ahead of the educational curve.

The board approved the permanent budget for fiscal year 2013 in the amount of $20,959,523.33, with $15,709,788.86 in the general fund.

Also approved was the five-year forecast through FY 2017 that projects a $2.239 million cash balance deficit by 2017. As bleak as that may sound, it should be noted that because of unpredictable state mandates and circumstances, most all

financial forecasts appear as such, because there is no way to predict accurately what revenues and expenditures will be five years out.

Treasurer Robert Kuehnle noted the district is losing about $800,000 with the loss of some unrestricted and restricted state grants and forecasted decreases in tax values. On the flip side, the district is saving nearly $500,000 in salaries through attrition and creative job consolidation.

Ongoing efforts to keep its fleet current, the board approved the purchase of two 2013 84-passenger buses from Myers Equipment Corp., at a combined cost of $160,792 after trade-ins.

The board accepted the certified supplemental contract resignations submitted by Nancy Forsythe, middle school Builders Club; Matthew Green, assistant varsity football coach; and Art Stormer, JETS, full contract; along with that of Jerry Allford, girls varsity bowling.

Mr. Stormer, along with Alex Melton, will serve as JETS advisers under half contracts. Other contracts were awarded to: Alison Spriggs, middle school Builders Club, half contract; Amy McCormick, Global Gateways and middle school Ohio Model United Nations; Joslin Lee, high school technology assistant; Tony Grant, head weight room coordinator; Kevin Butler, Carleton Cotner and Jeff Fay, assistant weight room; and non-licensed: Dona Vida, Builders Club; and Nate Stierhoff and Doug Titus, assistant high school football.

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

• the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission, certifying them to the Logan County Auditor;

• salary schedule advancement of Kevin Butler and Matthew Green to master’s +15;

• Suetta Conley as a bus aide;

• the deduction of two salary days for Tammy James for personal reasons;

• a list of classified and certified substitutes as presented by the Logan County Educational Service Center;

• Susan Corwin and Dawn Gibson as home-bound instruction tutors;

• payment of $22 per hour as a test proctor to Diana Neer;

• SRI training pay of $24 per hour for Kay Dudgeon, Bobby Gill, Julie Karg, Theresa Krock, Lori Matthews, Polly Pohlable, Stephanie Rader, Allison Reule, Angela Shappie and Jackie Thompson;

• $30 stipend of after school detention monitors, $22 per hour for study tables and $60 for Saturday school;

• $24 per hour to Title I parent involvement meetings for Alecia Myers, Paula Naragon and Jackie Thompson;

• tentative early graduation for a list of 19 students;

• various service contracts with the Logan County ESC and Urbana City Schools;

• overnight field trips for FFA, girls and boys golf;

• permission for Darrin Brogan to shoot fireworks at the Sept. 28 homecoming football game;

• tuition amounts set at $4,654.51 for the 2012-13 school year;

• a student placement agreement with Nancy J. Knight School of Nursing and Ohio Hi-Point Career Center;

• service agreement with Works International for Web-based safety and regulatory compliance;

• medical services in the amount of $1 to Dr. Robert Anderson;

• the donation of school supplies for each building from Farm Credit Services and United Way and to the middle school by the Middleburg Mrs. Club; and

• two $500 Logan County ESC grants to Donna Miller and Ginny Hostetler.

No action was taken following a brief executive session to discuss the employment of personnel. The next regular meeting is at 7 p.m. Oct. 15.

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