RULH Board holds July meeting

The regular meeting of the RULH Board of Education was held July 15 at the Ripley Union Lewis Huntington Elementary School with the following members in attendance: Jeff Cluxton, Glenda Huff, Barry Sims, Jeff White and Jeff Wilson. Also present were Dr. Linda Naylor, Superintendent; and Jeff Rowley, Treasurer; various employees and members of the public.

After saying the Pledge of Allegiance, the board retired to Executive Session for matters of employment and legal issues.

Upon returning from Executive Session, the board reviewed the Superintendent’s monthly report. Of particular note was the completion of the updated Emergency Planning documents by each building and the district office and the filing of these with the state. Recent changes to state law required that these plans be reviewed and updated, and filed with the state.

The previous board meeting’s minutes and the current financial report of all financial systems of the school district, as presented by District Treasurer Rowley were approved.

The Superintendent’s report and recommendations were as follows: Under Facilities and Transportation, the board authorized the Superintendent to approve all bus routes and designated stops necessary for the 2015-2016 school year.

No action was taken under Education, Curriculum, and Instruction.

In Personnel, the board approved supplemental contracts for the following LPDC members: Aric Fiscus, Linda Douglas, Patricia Skaggs, Paula Ormes, and Karen Dunn. Cheryl Roberts, Kathy Turner, and Carolyn Deaton were approved as building lead cooks, and Kathy Turner was approved as a district lead cook.

The board non-renewed all supplemental contracts held by nonteaching employees during the 2014-2015 school year. Extended days per the teachers’ contract were approved, and supplemental contracts were awarded for the A+ Coordinator at each building. The National Board Honorarium for Michael Scanlan was approved. The board approved certified tutors for the 2015-2016 school year.

The following athletic supplemental positions were approved: Amanda Beetem-High School Varsity volleyball, Jean Ellen Miller as High School JV volleyball, Richard Applegate for High School Boys and Girls Track, and Jordan Maiberger as partial High School Athletic Director.

Resignations were accepted from Roman Weber as bus driver, Bob Polley for eighth grade Girls Basketball, Lisa Imbus for Intervention Specialist, Tara Lawson for eighth grade Science, Matt Lawson for sixth grade Science, Lynea Cameron for High School Science, Al Diedrick for sixth grade Math, Tracy Lindner for sixth grade ELA, and John Young for Music.

Under new hires, Lauren Gardner was hired as an Intervention Specialist, Justin Birchfield was hired for eighth grade Science and Social Studies, Heather Butler was hired for sixth grade Math, Brett Prince was hired for sixth grade ELA, and Cassandra Burris was hired for sixth grade Science and Social Studies. Patricia Streetman, James Malone, Colette Smith, and Jessika Taylor were hired as substitute bus drivers pending certification, and Leslie Jones was added to the classified substitute list. The board also adopted the Brown County certified and classified substitute list for the upcoming school year and approved updates to the district’s classified substitute list.

Under Administrative/Advisory, the board approved revisions to the RULH Coaches Handbook and RULH Student Athlete Handbook. The board adopted the USDA Nutritional and Smart Snack Guidelines and the board approved the 2015-2016 Student Handbook. The final actions under administrative/advisory were to rescind the resolution for adopting a calamity day alternative make-up plan adopted at the May meeting due to changes in Ohio Revised Code references, and to approve the revised resolution for adopting a calamity day alternative make-up plan for the 2015-2016 school year.

Additional discussion was held on progress on exploring the feasibility of establishing a varsity softball field at the Middle School since the current field is frequently flooded during softball season. The board also reviewed the progress on planning for the construction of a concession stand/restroom building at the elementary school near the high school varsity baseball field. Currently, the district is waiting to see the cost estimate for the proposed project before making a decision to move ahead. This project was agreed to between the district and the village at the beginning of the elementary school building project when an existing shelter house/restroom structure was torn down to make room for the new school building. The funds being used for this project were part of the elementary building project.

Under new business, the upcoming Capitol Conference sponsored annually by OSBA in Columbus on Nov. 8-11 was discussed.

A tentative date of Aug. 5, was selected in the event the board needs to hold a special meeting for additional personnel issues and other items of business that might come before the board. The next regular meeting date is 7 p.m. Aug. 19, at RULH Elementary School in the Early Childhood Center.
Numerous new staff are hired

Submitted by Jeff Cluxton

President, RULH Board of Education