BALTIMORE – It was standing room only at the beginning of Monday night’s Liberty Union Thurston Board of Education meeting.
Students, staff members and parents packed the high school library for the recognition portion of the monthly school board meeting.
Band director Ben Factor and marching band members were honored for qualifying for the state finals for the fifth straight year. The band received a superior rating.
The junior high girls cross country team and coach Renee Mangete were honored as Mid State League champions.
The high school boys cross country team received several honors: Mid State League champions, District Tournament champions and State Tournament qualifiers. The team finished 15th in the state in their division. Five members of the team were named Academic All Ohio: Matt Maldovan, Jacob Motts Brandon Altiers, Jeff Hanson and Colton Roth. Maldovan and Motts had 4.0 GPA’s while the others had more than a 3.5 GPA.
Coach Jon Morris was honored for being named Mid State League Cross Country Coach-ofthe Year. Superintendent Paul Mathews said Morris is retiring this year after more than 25 years of coaching. Morris is in the Mid State League Hall of Fame.
October’s Students-of-the- Month were also honored. Senior Taylor Jensen is the daughter of Larry and Lori Jensen. She is a four-year member of the FFA, currently serving as president. Jensen was selected as Homecoming Queen this year.
Junior Nathan Moore is the son of Melody Reef. He is planning to play baseball this year and football next season.
September’s Students-of-the- Month were Sarah Feyko and Autumn Johnson. Feyko is a junior and the daughter of Lisa and Jerry Feyko. She is a varsity volleyball player, serving as one of the captains this year. She also plays basketball. Feyko is a member of the Prom Committee and Foreign Language Club.
Johnson is a senior and the daughter of Barbara and Dan Johnson. She has been in the band since fifth grade and has been a member of the marching, concert, jazz and pep bands during high school. Johnson is the band president and is field commander for the marching band. She is senior class president and a member of student council, FCCLA, FCA,TI and Foreign Language Club.
Board members also recognized the district’s 12-member food service staff. The 12 women have a total of 212 years of experience. The district’s food service operation is self- supporting. Mathews thanked the staff for their flexibility and “no excuses work ethic.” He said they handled the disruptions caused by the renovation of the high school and the construction of a new middle school very well.
Last month, District Treasurer David Butler Jr. received the Auditor of State Award for achieving a clean audit report. That means the audit report doesn’t include any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or questioned costs.
Butler also presented the revised five-year forecast at the October board meeting. He is projecting a positive cash balance through June 30, 2015, though the June 30 balance is projected to fall from $5,151,135 on June 30, 2012 to $1,467,243 by June 30, 2015. The projected cash balance for June 30, 2016, is a negative $888,230. School districts are not permitted by state law to operate with a deficit so either projected expenses will have to be cut or revenues increased before July 1, 2015.
In other business Monday night, Mathews, subbing for Butler, said district income tax revenues were up 1.29 percent for the period over last year, but were still below previous levels.
He also provided the construction update. The new district office building behind the elementary school may be ready to move in by Dec. 1. Construction on the maintenance shop and secure bus parking area is expected to start this week. Demolition of the old middle school should begin Dec. 5. Windows are being removed because the glazing contains asbestos. Mathews said Basil Joint Fire District has held several training sessions in the building.
Last month, board members accepted the resignation for retirement of Kelli Brownfield as elementary school principal effective June 30, 2012. She had previously retired and been rehired. A new principal will be hired for next school year.
Supplemental contracts were approved last month for:
• Rob Comption – JV Boys Basketball;
• Luke Kincaid – Freshman boys Basketball;
• Brad Kelly – 8th Grade Boys Basketball;
• Randy Logue – 7th Grade Boys Basketball;
• James Peck – 8th Grade Girls Basketball;
• Kelli Carroll – Junior High Basketball Cheerleaders;
• Marcus Alford – Junior High Wrestling; and
• Seth Williamson – Winter Sports Facility Manager.
Monday night, board members accepted Carroll’s resignation as Junior High Cheerleading Advisor. She was replaced by Jamie Peardon.
Last month, board members approved the following trips and special programs:
• National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Oct. 19-22;
• 8th Grade Trip to Washington, D.C., May 20-22;
• High School Model United Nations Program in Columbus, Dec. 11-13;
• Middle School Model United Nations Program in Columbus, March 11-13; and
• 6th Grade Outdoor Education at Camp Pilgrim Hills, April 2-4.
Monday night, board members unanimously approved up to a five year contract with the American National Red Cross to allow the high school and middle school to be designated as emergency shelter locations in the event of a local disaster. The Red Cross would reimburse the district for actual personnel and operating costs incurred
The board’s next regular meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, in the high school library.