ANTWERP — During a largely routine agenda Thursday, the Antwerp Local Board of Education once again touched on the upcoming Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference and the role several board representatives will play there.

During the conference, which will be held Nov. 11-13 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Superintendent Dr. Martin Miller, Treasurer Kristine Stuart and tech director Harold Gottke will be among those speaking on “The Electrifying Benefits of a Solar-Powered School Building.”

More than 9,000 are expected at this year’s conference.

In other business, the board:

• approved a resolution to advertise and receive bids for the purchase of an 84-passenger school bus.

• approved Garmann Miller Architects as the firm to provide engineering, architectural and surveying services in connection with installing a concession plaza on the south end of the football complex’s interior.

• noted first-grade donations to Good Samaritan School and two local families following monthly popcorn sales.

• acknowledged the annual Veterans Day assembly, which begins at 10:15 a.m. Nov. 9. Area vets and their families are invited. Lunch will follow the program.

• discussed 28 new locks which, when active, would fasten doors to the floor. They will all be installed over the next few months. The school needs to have a safety plan in place for the state by February.

• heard the student council is trying to get funding toward a mascot outfit. A modern outfit with a built-in air conditioner would cost $4,000, but it would last longer and smell better than a non-air conditioned unit, board members stated.

• noted parent-teacher conferences on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 from 4:30-7 p.m. Those interested may contact the school office. Antwerp United Methodist Church also was thanked for feeding the staff during conferences.

• approved the five-year financial forecast, with Stuart noting a positive cash balance during all five years.

• acknowledged junior Jake Eaken, who recently took part in district golf, and the boys and girls cross country teams, both of which took fifth place in GMCs.

• learned about the marching band’s annual indoor concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

• has received a $250 Paulding-Putnam Operation Roundup grant toward a fitness trail around the school. Plans are to eventually include placards and a Frisbee golf area therein.

• noted new audio-visual installation is about 90 percent complete.

• discussed bus communication issues. As problems continue to be corrected, Gottke was uncertain if anything more than a couple hundred dollars would need to be paid.

• heard a discus throwing area nears completion, as are updates to the baseball and softball fields.

• heard a projected school innovation center is still in the design process.

• briefly discussed a pair of bills under consideration by the state. If passed, the school year could start as late as the Labor Day holiday, but the bills are not binding, leaving board members to wonder why they are being decided upon in the first place.

• noted 35-minute open lunches anywhere in town as a reward for well-behaved students with 3.5 or better grade-point averages.

• discussed future happenings including the end of the first quarter today; cross country districts Oct. 20; National Honor Society and Quill and Scroll inductions at 2 p.m. Oct. 21; fire safety presentations for all grades, Oct. 24; third-grade state testing Oct. 24 and 25; a two-hour delay for in-service Oct. 26; a book fair Oct. 26-Nov. 2; an eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 29-Nov. 2; grandparents’ day, Oct. 30; an in-service day, Nov. 2; and the Red Cross bloodmobile, Nov. 6.

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