ROCKSPRINGS — The Meigs Local Board of Education approved several personnel items and recognized students of the month during the recent meeting.
Students of the Month for the October meeting were as follows: high school — Marjorie Chapman, Roseanna Butcher, Caroline Roush and Courtnee Williams; middle school — Conlee Burnem, Mya Smith, Charlotte Hysell, Ethan Stewart, Nova Watson and Cadan Broderick; intermediate school — Garrett Parry, Shyla Campbell, Demetrius Tackett, Jordin Davenport, Kadence Allen and Hunter Clary; primary school — Abbagayle Taylor, Zoey Craig, Gracie Hill, Cullen Patterson, Maveryk Lisle and Gracie Banks.
Teachers approved for the after school program, with funding through the 21st Century Grant, are (Elementary) Stacie Scarberry, Tanisha McKinney, Melissa Morris, Shirley VanMeter, Luana Teaford, Joey Waters, Kelly Roush, Stephanie Thatcher, Jessica Bolin, Rachel Jones, Ben Eberts, Kim Davis, Anna Pearson and Marie Pierce; (Middle School) Chris Saber, Pam White, Justine Dowler, Tonya McKee, Kelly Drummer, Amanda Newsome, Kim Barrett, Carmen Manuel, Shelia McKinney, Jessica King and Tim Lewis.
Coaching contracts were approved as follows: Heath Hudson, junior varsity girls basketball; Shawn Hawley, eighth grade girls basketball; Ray Russell, seventh grade girls basketball; Heather Hawley, volunteer middle school girls basketball.
Following a 23 minute executive session, the board voted 4-1 against the hiring of Cary Betzing as an assistant girls varsity basketball coach for the 2017-18 season. Heather Hawley was the lone “yes” vote.
Elizabeth Blanchard was approved as an intervention tutor at Meigs Middle School. An unpaid leave of absence was approved for Joy Hysell.
The resignation of Lonnie Taylor, high school custodian, was accepted for disability purposes.
The board reclassified the position of school social worker for Julie Mayer to Community and Family Liaison.
Overnight field trips were approved for 13 students to attend the Skills USA fall leadership conference in Columbus and for 104 eighth grade students to take the eighth grade trip to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Maryland and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
A school bus lease was approved with the governing board of the Athens-Meigs Educational Service Center for the lease of one bus for the 2017-18 school year at a cost of $1.
The board adopted a resolution supporting local control of education as set forth in Ohio Senate Bill 216.
The board approved the reimbursement of Ronald and Juanita Webb for transportation of a student to Carleton School at a rate of $65 per month. Reimbursement was also approved to Crystal Barber at a rate of $90 per month for transportation of a student in the REACH program. Attendance will be verified prior to payment.
The five-year forecast was approved as presented.
A $2,000 donation was accepted from the Henry N. Swift Trust and Charitable Foundation with the funds split between the primary and intermediate principal funds. The funds are to be used for K-5 children in need of clothing and basic school supplies.