LIBERTY CENTER — The Liberty Center Local Board of Education approved several annual boilerplate measures, was presented a facilities update and approved measures concerning a distributed antenna system and removal of an old fuel tank on Monday evening.
Facilities committee member and school board member Todd Spangler, and superintendent Tod Hug, shared updates on the facilities project.
“There’s a lot of finish work taking place outside, like curbing starting to take shape,” said Spangler. “We’re on a tight schedule to get everything done by our target date in August, but everything is coming together nicely.”
Said Hug: “A lot has really come together here in the last three days. I think they may be pouring concrete out the front door here tomorrow (parking), the footers on the north side of the stadium have been poured and the ticket booth there has been framed up. The renovations in the 1995 building are continuing, the HVAC system is near completion and finish painting has taken place. It’s very exciting to see it all take shape.”
In her report, Jenell Buenger, treasurer/CFO discussed the end of fiscal year 2018, while sharing with the members that for fiscal year 2019, temporary appropriations are $13,785,642.54. Those include the general fund, lunchroom fund and athletic fund, as well as all of the district’s other accounts.
The board approved the appropriations.
The members also approved a five-year contract for Kim Kamelesky, director of special education, from Aug. 1, 2019-July 31, 2024.
In his report, Hug explained that after testing took place all around the inside and outside of the building, the district has been mandated to install a distributed antenna system (DAS) capable of supporting public safety networks and subsequent enhancement to support wireless service providers for cellular telephone and/or mobile data devices, in order to meet the requirements of the Ohio Building Code. The total cost of installation is $147,679.29.
“This was something we knew could happen, unfortunately there was a problem with getting emergency signals here, so it has to be done,” said Hug.
Hug also shared that an old fuel tank was unearthed during demolition, which contained sludge and other materials. A hazmat team was needed to remediate the contents. With removal of the tank, scheduled for July 20, the total cost will be $28,753. Both items were passed by the board.
In other business, the board:
• accepted a donation of $34.51 from Sam McMaster from his Eagle Scout project.
• approved the following cafeteria prices for 2018-19: lunch K-8 — $2.90 (10-cent increase); lunch 9-12 — $3 (5-cent increase); Lunch PK-12 reduced price — 40 cents; milk all grades — 50 cents; lunch adult — $3.50; breakfast PK-12 — $1.25; breakfast PK-12 reduced price — 25 cents; breakfast adult — $1.50.
• renewed the property, fleet and liability insurance policies with Schools of Ohio Risk Sharing Authority (SORSA), Frost Insurance Agency, as a total premium of $74,143, effective July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019. This is an increase of $13,000 from last year, due to insuring the new building and its contents.
• okayed the 2018-19 ticket prices for athletic events, which are unchanged from 2017-18; and the junior/senior high school fee list for 2018-19.
• voted for the 2018-19 school fees for grades K, 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 at $50 per student, which are unchanged from 2017-18; voted for grade 4 student fees of $55 per student, which will enable students to keep their recorder used in music class.
• approved several student activity budgets for 2018-19; approved the 2018-19 preschool transportation rates, for typical preschoolers only, at $80 per month.
• okayed the transfer of $40,000 from the general fund to the lunchroom fund; okayed participation in the Secondary Transition Student with Disabilities Grant for 2018-19.
• okayed the educational agreement with the Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention, Training and Rehabilitation Center, Stryker, from July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019, at the cost of $40 per student, per week, for students assigned there.
• voted for the memorandum of understanding for the hosting of teacher education candidates with Defiance College from July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019.
• approved the services agreement between Henry County Hospital and Holgate Local, Patrick Henry Local and Liberty Center Local school districts, July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019, at a cost of $60,132.75 to the Liberty Center district.
• ratified the agreement with the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center (NwOESC) to provide extended school year speech and language impairment services from June 4-Aug. 24, for one hour per week, but may be for additional sessions as agreed upon. The cost will be approximately $487.75.
• amended the 2018-19 school calendar to reflect the following changes: Aug. 29 — change from a work day to a professional day for elementary and high school teachers only; Aug. 31 — change from a professional day to a work day for elementary and high school teachers only; Feb. 18, 2019 — change from a student day to a teacher professional day.
• okayed a one-year contract with Napoleon Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine at the cost of $11,500 from July 30, 2018-July 29, 2019.
• voted for an agreement with A Renewed Mind to provide behavioral health (mental health and substance abuse) treatment services to Liberty Center students on an as-needed basis for 2018-19.
• accepted the resignation of Kathy Curlis, bus driver, effective July 1; and the resignation of Danett Setmire, art teacher, effective at the end of her contract.
• ratified the employment of Sam McMaster and Seth Grine as part-time summer technology employees at the hourly rate of $8.30 per hour, from June 4-Aug. 31; employed Kaylene Atkinson, Jan Dishop, Ashley Westbury and Stephanie Echler as elementary Jump Start teachers from July 31-Aug. 11 at the hourly rate of $27.50, for four hours per day.
• okayed several non-certified persons for supplemental contracts for 2018-19; several certified person for supplemental contracts for 2018-19; and several athletic volunteers for 2018-19.
• voted for the NwOESC substitute teacher and paraprofessional list for 2018-19.