As is typical this time of year, the East Guernsey School District Board of Education, dealt with lengthy list of personnel items tonight.
The board reluctantly approved a number of retirements, including Barb Birney, Linda Brockwell-Kamm, Phyllis Altvater and Judy Momirov. Also approved was the retirement of Buckeye Trail Middle School Principal, Lonnie Caudill, effective June 28, 2013. Caudill will be leaving the district after 32 years in education, the last 12 years in administrative positions.
A long list of supplemental contracts were also approved tonight. That list includes, Jeff Beros (varsity volleyball coach), J.Mike Castello (golf coach), Rod Gray (varsity boys basketball coach), and Nicole Stevens (varsity girls basketball coach).
The board this evening, also approved the recall of Mary Workman as three hour cook, from the EGCEA reduction in force list for the current school year.
Also approved was a lengthy list of District Fees and Lunch prices for the upcoming school year. This list includes various classroom fees for computers, accounting, language arts, sciences and chemistry
According to Superintendent Dr Richard Hall, there are no changes from the current fee schedule.
It was reported tonight that, in conjunction with the Rolling Hills Local School District, a grant totaling $127,000 was awarded. The two districts will divide the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee grant, the East Guernsey district receiving approximately $44,000. The funds will be spent on early literacy efforts.
Dr Hall also reported that it was recently discovered that the district holds the mineral rights to approximately 15 acres of ground on Putney Ridge Road. The ground had been set aside for the district around 1900, but not developed. While the district does not own the property, it does hold the mineral rights. The district's legal representatives are looking into the situation, and what this means, and any options, will be reported to the board.
Laid in 2004, the district's all weather track is "showing it's age" and is in need of repairs or replacement. The board voted for repairs for this year, at a cost of around $1,000, knowing that there will be no other options, other than a complete replacement next summer. Estimated cost of the project, currently is $44,000.
The board tonight also approved the purchase of two new school buses from Truck Sales and Services, at a cost of $86,396 each. The district currently has 16 bus routes and 22 buses in the fleet, the older buses being at least 15 years old. Sources say, the average age of a school bus is about 10 years, and overall, the average life expectancy of a school bus is 15 years. Officials point out that the numbers vary widely depending on road conditions, miles traveled and numerous other factors.
Due to schedule conflicts, the next regular meeting of the East Guernsey Board of Education is June 20, at 6 pm in the Central Office in Old Washington.