POMEROY — A contract for the purchase of three new 72-passenger buses was awarded and personnel, including supervisory positions in the three schools, was hired at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Meigs Local Board of Education.
Edwin H. Davis and Sons Inc. was awarded the bus contract for 2015 Thomas Body/Freightliner diesel school buses at the base cost of$78,746 each with a total cost, including accessories, of $85,506 each to be purchased from the district’s general fund .
Supervisory personnel for the coming school year included Kristin Baer, rehired as principal at Meigs Primary School on a five-year contract; Vickie Jones, rehired as principal at Meigs Elementary School on a five-year contract; Lorri Lightle, rehired as assistant principal at Meigs Intermediate School on a three-year contract; and Steve Ohlinger, rehired as principal at Meigs High School on a five-year contract, all pending completion of all administrative requirements.
Action on rehiring Darin Logan as principal at Meigs Intermediate School on a one-year contract was tabled during the regular meeting, as was hiring Ron Hill as Meigs High School athletic director for the 2014-15 school year. The hiring of both Logan and Hill was taken into an executive session for discussion, which lasted nearly two hours before board members cam back into open session.
Returning to the table, the motion to rehire Logan as principal at Meigs Intermediate School on a one-year contract was again introduced and approved on a unanimous vote of the board members. As for Hill, a one-year contract as Meigs High School athletic director, was again introduced and approved by a vote of four to one — with Hawley voting no.
Also discussed during the executive meeting was a 3.27 acre parcel of land located at Laurel Cliff, which went to a sheriff’s sale because of delinquent taxes, but did not sell. It was offered for forfeiture to the Meigs Local School District. The board voted to accept the offer pending inspection for any potential liability to the District, as well as, the availability of insurance coverage.
Accepted at the meeting was a donation from the Meigs County Farm Bureau, Inc. in the amount of $1,000 to be earmarked for the MHS Future Farmers of America (FFA) program, as well as utilizing the MHS FFA Student Activity Fund, as received by Tim Simpson, FFA Advisor.
Approved at the meeting on the recommendation of Matt Simpson, district technology coordinator, was the Internet Access Service Agreement with the Southeastern Ohio Voluntary Education Cooperative for July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015, with the majority of the cost to be paid by Federal E-rate funds.
Resignations of personnel accepted by the Board for retirement purposes were accepted from Deborah Davis, language arts teacher at Meigs Middle School, and Julie Hubbard as science teacher at Meigs Middle School. Also resigning were Lisa Carey, special education teacher, and Geoffrey Osterland, special education teacher at Meigs Intermediate.
Hired were Darlene Moodispaugh as a substitute cook for the remainder of this year. Hill was re-employed as project director/coordinator of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant and Nolan Yates as the after school physical education program trainer/teacher, both to be paid from the Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant.
Janette Starline was hired as the half-time social marketing coordinator, on a one-year contract at $20 an hour for 25 hours a week to be paid from the Carol M. White Physical Grant as recommended by Hill.
Supplemental positions filled for next year were Josh Eddy and Magniloquent, freshman class co-advisors; Samantha Carroll, sophomore class advisor; Cara Bufflington and Abby Harris, junior class co-advisors; Judy McCarthy, senior class advisor; Donna Wolfe, Meigs High School Student Council Advisor; Denise Arnold, Meigs High School yearbook advisor, and newspaper advisor; Amy Perrin, Meigs High drama coach; Travis Abbott, quiz team advisor; Jacquelyn Ortman, National, Jennifer Henson, lead resident educator coordinator; Matt Simpson, webmaster designer; Lisa Froelich, Middleport School Newspaper advisor; Lena Yoacham, Middleport School yearbook advisor.
In other action,Denise Arnold, Betty Ann Wolfe, Carol Mahr, and Marge Barr were given five days of extended service to prepare libraries for the 2014-15 school year. An overnight field trip to Columbus for cosmetology students to take state board exams was approved, and a resolution to continue membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the Meigs middle and high schools was approved.
Attending the meeting were Superintendent Rusty Bookman, Treasurer/CFO Mark Rhonemus, and board members, Ryan Mahr, Heather Hawley, Roger Abbott, Todd Snowden and Larry Tucker.