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Elementary school repairs to cost $223,935

BALTIMORE – Emergency replacement of the heating unit and chiller at the Liberty Union- Thurston Elementary School plus replacement of the gymnasium’s rooftop HVAC will cost $223,935.

Board members unanimously waived competitive bidding at their Feb. 9 meeting. Captal City has been selected to do the work. Now school officials have their fingers crossed that the units don’t fail before the replacements can be installed. The chiller has a 4-5 week leadtime and the rooftop unit is due in six weeks.

Treasurer David Butler had a bit of good news for board members. Revenue from the most recent quarter of the district’s income tax was up $9,000 over the same period last year. The year-to-date comparison was up just a little bit over last year.

Superintendent Todd Osborn presented a draft of the 2015- 2016 school calendar at a public hearing before the regular meeting. No one commented on the calendar. Osborn said the start of school was moved up five days to August 12 to provide more time for the third grade reading guarantee. He added that Governor Kasich now wants to eliminate that guarantee so the earlier start for students could be rolled back. Students would still be out Oct. 12-16 for the Fairfield County Fair, Dec. 23 – Jan. 4 for Christmas/New Year’s break and March 24 – 29 for Spring Break. Graduation is set for May 29.

Board members approved a long list of supplemental contracts at a Jan. 17 special meeting including:

• Michael Schmidt – head baseball coach;

• Brach Schmidt – JV baseball coach;

• Larry Kingera and Chris Mowery – volunteer baseball coaches;

• Bill Putnam Sr. – head softball coach;

• Mike Wiley – JV softball coach;

• Jennifer Lauvray, Doug Mix and Monica Mix – volunteer softball coaches;

• Krista Azeltine – head varsity boys track coach;

• Jacob Kemmerer – varsity assistant boys track coach;

• Jay Azeltine, Ian Monahan, Tim Smith and Jeff Smolewski – volunteer boys track coaches;

• Renee Mangette – head varsity girls track coach;

• Ashleigh Miller – varsity assitant track coach; and

• Misty Truitt – JV basketball cheer coach.

Board members also approved spring break baseball and softball team trips to South Carolina. Costs are paid by the athletes and fundraising.

On Feb. 9, board members approved the resignation of Shawn Parker as boys high school varsity soccer coach and the retirement of elementary physical education teacher Ron Owens.

Eric Smolewski was approved as a volunteer track coach. Terry Morman was approved as a volunteer softball coach.

Board president John Hutton made one change to the makeup of the board committees. Caryl Caito will replace Shaun Hochradel as legislative liaison with the Ohio School Boards Association. Shawn Shook and John Walter will continue to be on the Athletic Council and Transportation and Curriculum committees. Hutton and Shook will continue on the Land Lab and Buildings & Grounds committees. Hochradel and Caito remain on the Finance Committee with Hutton and Hochradel on the Personnel Committee. Walter and Caito are on the Negotiations/Labor Management Committee.

The co-students of the month for January were Tessa Price and Cari Cooley. Cooley is a junior and the daughter of Jeanie Damron and Rob Cooley. She is active with FFA, student council, volleyball, basketball and softball.

Price is the daughter of Janet and Steve Price. The sophomore is active with the Foreign Language Club, volleyball, math club and is an office helper.

Madison Donald and Cera Maraugha are the co-students of the month for February. Donald is a junior and the daughter of Matthew and Herri Donald. She is active with the choir and Knowledge Bowl team.

Maraugha is a sophomore and the daughter of Kim and Denny Maraugha. She is active in Women’s Choir, softball and soccer.

The board’s next regular meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Monday, March 9, in the district office behind the elementary school.

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