November District Highlight: Presenting their project to improve the Rocket baseball field to the B-C-S Board of Education on November 18, is teacher of the structural engineering class Noah Neiderhouse, student Derek Rains and Austin Schimming, along with Superintendent Guy Parmigian
By Guy Parmigian
The Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education met on November 18, for its regular meeting. For the November “District Highlight,” Noah Neiderhouse, Agricultural Teacher at Oak Harbor High School, introduced two students, Austin Schimming and Derek Rains, from his structural engineering class. These students presented a recent upgrade they performed at the Rocket baseball field to add additional batting practice concrete pads. Mr. Grahl, Athletic Director, presented the rendering of the proposed Rocket Mascot and Board members approved. During the Committee Reports section of the meeting, Board members updated the group on developments on each committee. Treasurer Tim Coffman presented his monthly report, which was approved by the Board.
In New Business, the Superintendent recommended and the Board approved the following: Bill Branch as a Technology Assistant effective November 10, Lorna Mettie as bus driver effective November 10, the resignation of Mrs. Kathy Fox as a classroom assistant effective January 1, 2015 for the purpose of retirement, Diane Weber and Andrea Goetz as classified substitute employees, revised Substitute Rates for the 2014-2015 school year, and Special Education Tutors as needed: Darla VanHorn & Pat Rife. Also, Sharon Fuller was approved as a temporary/as-needed classroom assistant along with Ema Barton as a student lifeguard.
In other business, the second reading and approval of the policies IGD (Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Activities) and IGDJ (Interscholastic Athletics) were approved. Contracts were approved with OSBA for Policy Service and Website Updates, and the Lake Erie West Educational Service Center for services as needed. A donation in the amount of $714 from River Ridge Creations and The Rocket Shop for medallions was accepted with gratitude.
The 2015-2015 and 2016-2017 school year calendars were approved. A Resolution was approved for “American Education Week (November 17-21, 2014) – “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right & Our Responsibility”. A Memorandum of Understanding with the OHEA was approved.
A short Executive Session was held and upon reconvening, the Board approved a contract for Mrs. Jeannie Behnken as Transportation Director effective December 22. The Board also approved a contract for Mr. Laramie Spurlock to serve as the new Middle School Principal effective August 1, 2015. These Administrative Openings are the result of the retirements of Mrs. Ginger Stayancho and Mrs. Marie Wittman. Board members congratulated both Spurlock and Behnken, and wished them the best on their new positions with the district.
During the discussion portion of the meeting, Dr. Parmigian provided an update on the Sandusky Bay Conference expansion plan, a district-wide curriculum update, a discussion about Academic Challenge programming, a proposal concerning the community’s use of the pool and racquet ball courts on Sunday, and a discussion about music and an elementary concert. The Board approved a proposal to move forward with the pool and racquet ball court proposal. The district will be moving forward with advertising the details of an opportunity for community pool and racquetball use in the near future.
The next Board of Education Meeting will be on Thursday, December 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Board of Education Office. (Note the earlier meeting date due to the Christmas holiday).