2011-12-17 / News

Brate steps down after 20 years service

By Charles Prince

BALTIMORE – Liberty Union-Thurston School Board President Art Brate was thanked Monday night for his 20 years of service on the board. He did not seek reelection.

“It’s been a privilege,” he said. “Twenty years went pretty fast. You couldn’t ask for a better school system.”

Superintendent Paul Mathews continued his tradition of thanking board members with two pieces each of his exceptional homemade cherry pie. Mike Raver leads board members with 22 years service. Two newly elected board members will begin their terms next month, replacing Brate and appointee Judith Cosgray. She also was thanked for her service.

Two students were also honored at the meeting. Junior Braham Glasgow, son of Stephen and Shelly Glasgow, was recognized as co-student-of-themonth. He is a member of the marching, concert and jazz bands. He was a tri-captain on the soccer team, wrestles in the winter and plays club soccer in the spring. Glasgow is a lifeguard at the Baltimore Pool and teaches a Sunday School class. His co-honoree Joe Green was unable to attend the meeting and will be recognized next month.

Senior Josh Makuch was honored for an outstanding football season. As a linebacker, he led the team with tackles. As a running back, he set a new school record for most yards rushed. “He led the team on both sides of the ball,” Mathews said.

Makuch was named First Team Mid-State League and MSL Back of the Year. He was also named First Team Central District and Central District Offensive Player of the Year. Recently, he was named All Ohio as the First Team Running Back.

Building Service Supervisor Rick Delynko and his staff were thanked for their service. “We had an adverturesome couple of years,” Mathews noted. He thanked them for their flexibility and the “last minute dash” to move into the new middle school . He lauded their “outstanding effort and attitude.”

In other business Monday night, Treasurer David Butler said income from real estate taxes is up slightly from last year and revenue from the district income tax is up about 1.5 percent.

Board members unanimously approved three permanent improvement purchases which will be paid with construction funds, not out of the district’s general fund. They are:

• District parking areas and roadways have significantly increased with the addition of the new middle school, district office and soon-to-be constructed maintenance shop plus the additional parking areas created at the high school after the old middle school is torn down. The district is purchasing a new one ton truck with a utility bed and snow plow for about $50,000 under the State of Ohio joint purchasing program.

• The separation of the middle and high schools means music students can no longer share band instruments and a piano for vocal music. Additional brass, woodwind and percussion instruments totalling about $48,000 will be purchased. A new piano at a cost of $7,000 will also be purchased.

Mathews reported that the demolition of the old middle school will begin next week. Constructing the new parking lot over the old middle school site and resurfacing the high school parking lots has been pushed back to March at the earliest.

He expects to move into the new district office this week. The only issue is final inspections. Much of the furniture is federal surplus that was obtained at no cost.

The pad is done for the new maintenance building and the footers are being installed for the pre-manufactured steel building. “They say they go up quickly,” Mathews added.

The district’s two year plus construction binge renovated the high school and built a new middle school, district office and maintenance shop will wrap up next year. “We accomplished this under budget,” Brate commented.

Board members also unanimously approved the school calendar for the next two school years. “I think it is popular with half the people,” Mathews commented.

For 2012-2013, students return to school on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Freshman orientation is Aug. 8. The county fair break is Oct. 8-12. Winter break is Dec. 24 through Jan. 4. Spring break is set for March 25-29. Students’ last day is May 31 with graduation set for Sunday, June 2.

For 2013-2014, students return to school on Wednesday, Aug. 14. Freshman orientation is Aug. 7. The county fair break is Oct. 7-11. Winter break is Dec. 23 through Jan. 5. Spring break is set for March 31- April 4. Students’ last day is June 2 with graduation set for Sunday, June 1.

For both years, if the state allowance of calamity days is exceeded, the make-up days will start with spring break and if more are needed be added to the end of the school year.

The district’s next regular board meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, in the new district office meeting room at 1108 S. Main St.

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