RACINE — Southern Local Middle School Science Fair students and advisors were recognized by the Southern Local Board of Education.
The students received trophies sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization and money prizes sponsored by Racine Home National Bank. Each student received a tri-fold board donated by American Electric Power Generation Fleet Operations-Fleet Services.
The science fair is directed by seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher Erin Lisle, and the board applauded her efforts at promoting science to the students. The competiton at Southern earned students a place in the regional competetion. After competing in the regional event, the team qualified fort the state level.
As part of the board’s support of their accomplishments, an overnight trip to Columbus for the Science Olympiad team was approved. The state Science Olympiad will be April 9 at Ohio State University. They will leave for the event April 8 and spend the evening in Columbus. Christy Lisle as a chaperone for the overnight trip.
During the meeting, the board conducted a public hearing on the proposed school calendar for the 2016-17 school year. The purposed calendar will be adopted at the next meeting.
Student Council members and elementary students of the “Bring Back Art Group” gave a presentation in their effort to reintroduce art into the schools curriculum.
In other business, the Board of Education approved an agreement with Holzer Health System for athletic trainer services for the 2016-17 school year at a cost of $5,000. The receipt of funds in the amount of $2,500 from the Athletic Boosters for their portion of athletic trainer costs was accepted by the board.
The annual enrollment fee of $2,125 for re-enrollment into the Ohio SchoolComp 2017 workers’ compensation group was approved. The program includes both workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation claims management services and is sponsored by Ohio School Boards Association and Ohio Association of School Board Officials.
Annual maintenance agreements were approved for parts and labor for Rizo Model REZ220 in the amount of $484.72 and $1,995 to Strategic Solutions for information management services support and upgrades from April 2016 through March 2017
A resolution accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the Budget Commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the County Auditor for FY17, (General Fund-3.50 mills and 23.50); bond retirement 4.20 mills and 2.70 mills; and Classroom Facilities Maintenance 0.50 mills was approved.
A payment was made to Perry and Associates in the amount of $13,560 for FY15 audit services.
A motion was approved to accept funds $500.00 from Racine Area Community Organization for reimbursement for the 3Screens Production.
The eighth grade overnight trip plans to Castaway Bay Resort and Cedar Point on May 19-20 were given the go-ahead by the board.
The board agreed to renew the contract with Renaissance Learning, with the amount not to exceed $6,370.25 for Accelerated Reader and Star Reading products.
Evelyn Stanley and Donna Hatcher were hired to work the After School Program (PEP grant) for the 2015-16 school year, contingent upon completion of all the administrative requirements for the position
Andrea Cline will be transferring to the elementary guidance position for the 2016-17 school year in accordance with the SLEA negotiated agreement. The position will be at the same rate and contract as the high school position.
Certified substitutes as recommended by the ESC are Deborah K. Crum, Deanna Roustazedah, Parisa Will and Talia Allen were accepted by the board.
The board went into executive session to discuss strategies for upcoming negotiations and the employment of personnel at 7:35 p.m and came out at 8:34 p.m.
After verifying the next meeting of the Southern Local Board of Education as April 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Southern Community Room, the meeting was adjourned.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.