On Jan. 14, the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education held its annual organizational meeting along with its regular January business meeting. The group gathered was in a cheerful and proud mood as the Board of Education honored the staff and students of R.C. Waters Elementary School for earning the distinction of being in the top two percent of high achieving school buildings in the State of Ohio. Both R.C. Waters Principal Karen Gruber and Superintendent Guy Parmigian praised the hard work and dedication of teachers, support staff, students, parents, and volunteers for allowing the school to earn the distinction of being in the top 2%. Several members of the R.C. Waters staff were present at the meeting, and Board members congratulated the entire staff. They also encouraged them to keep up the great work with the students they serve.
During its organizational meeting, the Board unanimously selected Mrs. Heather Dewitz to serve as Board President, and Mrs. Jamie Tooman to serve as Vice President of the Board for 2013. Mrs. Dewitz and Mrs. Tooman were sworn into their respective offices by the Honorable Judge Kathleen L. Giesler of Ottawa County. The Board set the time, date, and place of its regular Board meetings for 2013, the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education Office.
Board members also received commendations from the superintendent for their hard work and dedication to the students and citizens of the B-C-S District as January has been proclaimed as School Board Recognition Month by Governor Kasich.
In other business, the Board approved a contract for Ginger Stayancho to serve as B-C-S Transportation Director, accepted a generous donation from Magruder Hospital in the amount of $500 for the baseball seating project, and approved the 2013-2014 Oak Harbor High School Registration Guide. The Board also authorized the Superintendent to begin the process for the sale of Graytown Elementary School. Treasurer Tim Coffman presented the monthly report and the Board accepted. Mr. Coffman reported that the district expenditures through December 2012 are in line with amounts that were budgeted for the school year Mr. Coffman also shared that the district’s overall expenditures were down more than 15% compared to last school year.
The Board’s next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Board Office.