The Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education met for its regular business meeting on Feb. 26 to take up a number of matters to prepare the district for the future. The Board of Education opened the meeting by presenting commendations to the ongoing efforts of Kyle O’Neill, a teacher at Oak Harbor Middle School, for his work with the Make-a-Wish Foundation. O’Neill has led the Make-a-Wish fundraising effort for the past five years, generating over $17,000 for families in need.
The Board voted unanimously to approve three year administrative contracts for. Don Christie as Middle School Assistant Principal, Nyla Denman as Food Service Director, Keith Thorbahn as High School Principal, and Marie Wittman as Middle School Principal. The Board also adopted a new childcare fee schedule for the Acorn Alley and Rocket Overtime programs. Superintendent Guy Parmigian commented, “These programs must be self-sustaining and we must make some adjustments to our fee schedule for this to happen.” Parmigian added that changes will be shared with parents in the near future.
In other business, Treasurer Tim Coffman reported that district expenses are down more than 13% from where they were last year. Coffman also reported that the district received its share of casino funds, which totaled just under $36,000. These funds, however, had already been figured into the district’s five year forecast.
The Board also approved supplemental contracts for spring athletic coaches, and approved several coaches in Track & Field, Baseball, and Softball as volunteers. Parmigian commented that he greatly appreciates the assistance of the volunteer coaches, especially because there is a cost involved for these volunteers, which include doing FBI background and other checks as required by law.
The Board also decided to seek bids for the purchase of two new school busses to maintain the quality and safety of its fleet. The cost of these busses will be paid by the permanent improvement (PI) levy dollars district citizens provide to the district.
The next scheduled Board meeting will be on March 19 at 6 p.m. at the Board Office.