2012-03-17 / News

Girls’ basketball teams dominate Mid-State League

By Charles Prince

BALTIMORE – It was girls basketball night at Monday night’s Liberty Union Thurston School Board meeting.

The 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Junior Varsity and Varsity teams dominated the recognition portion of the meeting just as the four teams dominated the Mid-State League this season. The four had a combined 58-1 record in league play.

“That’s awfully impressive,” Superintendent Paul Mathews said. Each team won the Mid- State League championship. The 7th grade team was undefeated at 17-0. The 8th grade team lost their first game, then ran the table, Mathews added.

The Junior Varsity team won the league championship for the third year in a row. The Varsity had a 20-win season. “They were a very exciting team to watch,” Mathews said.

Two swimmers were also honored recognized at the meeting. This is the first team Liberty Union has had two All-Ohio swimmers. Sophomore Wyatt Henderson came in 11th in the 100 butterfly at the state tournament. Junior Mitchell Dodd finished 15th in the breast stoke at the state tournament.

In other business Monday night, Mathews announced that the auction to sell the district’s old office on Washington Street is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 19. The former house is being sold in “as is” condition. A $5,000 downpayment is due on the day of sale. Bids are subject to approval by the school board. Mathews said a special meeting will likely be scheduled a couple of days after the auction to confirm or reject the top bid.

Board members accepted two resignations for the purpose of retirement. High school foreign language teacher Debbie Young will retire at the end of the school year. She was thanked for her many years of service to the district.

Middle school physical education teacher Alan Young is also retiring, but has requested to be rehired for next school year. A public hearing will be held at the board’s June 11 meeting on his re-hire request.

Three supplemental contracts were approved:

• Katie (Smolewski) Hoffman as a volunteer track coach;

• Jaime Peardon as 2012 varsity football cheerleading advisor;

• Jennifer Cooley as 2012 Junior Varsity football cheerleading advisor; and

• Mallory James as 2012 Junior High football cheerleading advisor.

Board members also approved the FFA Camp set for June 25-29, at Camp Muskingum.

In his monthly construction update, Mathews said the construction of the new maintenance shop “seems to be going slowly.” Prefabricated side and roof panels are still being installed.

Completion of the old middle school demolition project is on hold waiting for better weather to finish the block work where the building was attached to the high school. Resurfacing the high school parking lots and construction of a new lot on the old middle school site will get underway as soon as area asphalt plants reopen for the construction season.

HVAC balancing and control issues are continuing at the renovated high school and new middle school.

Three Liberty Union students who attend the Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools spoke about their very positive experiences there. A total of 40 programs are offered for high school juniors and seniors. The Liberty Union students described their experiences in the Dental Assisting, Electrical Technology and Interactive Media programs.

Students in grades 6 -8 have an opportunity to attend a free Test Drive Your Future Summer Camp June 12-14. It’s three days of career exploration activities.

Mathews said the district evaluating the pros and cons of joining a group to apply for 80 percent federal funding to purchase propane or natural gas fueled buses. It is a tight deadline to apply.

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