By Martha Jacob –
Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington Schools Board of Education met in regular session on Sept. 21 at the RULH High School.
Board members Glenda Huff, Barry Sims, Jeff Cluxton, Jeff White and Jeff Wilson were all present, as well as Superintendent Dr. Linda Naylor, board treasurer Jeff Rowland and other employees and members of the public.
Superintendent Naylor reported to the board regarding the Sept. 19 District Leadership Team meeting.
“Teachers and administrators met to discuss goals and strategies for the 2016-2017 school year,” Dr. Naylor said. “Mr. Dayne Michael, school improvement facilitator from the Brown County Educational Service Center also attended the meeting to provide both information and support.”
Pam Sebastian, special services coordinator updated the board on implementation of the Sonday Reading Intervention Program. “This program is being implemented across the district with students who need specific help in reading, with the most intensive implementation at the elementary school,” Sebastian said, “Several teachers have been trained in the Sonday program, which focuses on intervention in phonics and phonemic awareness, which works with students on intervention in phonics and phonemic awareness.”
Treasurer Rowley presented the minutes of the previous board meeting and special board meeting for approval. He also presented several reports regarding the finances of the district and requested approval to accept state and federal funding allocations for Title I, Title II-A and Part B-Idea, for the districts of June 30, 2016 per Ohio Revised Code, to approve the amended certificate of estimated resources and to approve the 2016-2017 permanent appropriation Resolutions.
Mr. Rowley also reported on the results of the finance committee meeting which was held for the purpose of reviewing the current expenditures of the permanent improvement levy.
“The purpose of this levy was to raise funds for buses, technology and curriculum, and for maintenance of the high school,” Rowley said. “Significant improvements have been made in each of these areas and the committee agreed to continue monitoring the funds.”
Mr. Rowley also summarized the results of the district auction held on Sept. 10. He said gross sales totaled $6,374 with an expected net income of $5,052 once all fees and commissions are paid.
Superintendent Naylor made the following recommendations to the board which were approved, including:
• Authorization for the purchase of a Gravely Atlas JVS 3000;
•Approved the easement with the Village of Ripley for access to the water wells along the river;
• Approved two extended field trips, one for FCCLA to Orlando, FL for a Leadership Conference and another for the FFA to Indianapolis, IN for the National FFA Convention;
• Accepted the resignations of Colette Smith, bus driver;
• Approved employment of supplemental positions with Jessica Kahrs, 4-6 grade choir sponsor and Tammy Pfeffer, prom sponsor;
• Employ Mike Rice as sub bus driver;
• Approved a revision to the hours for cashiers, increasing their day to 3.5 hours;
• Approve athletic supplemental positions for Kirsten Grant, JV volleyball coach, Elaine Manning, varsity softball, Terry Campbell, volunteer assistant softball coach, Tammy Dragoo, 7th grade volunteer basketball, locker room Mom and Elaine Manning, volunteer assistant 7th and 8th grade girls basketball.
The next regular meeting of the Ripley-Union Lewis-Huntington Schools Board of Education will be at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the high school.