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High school renovation garners LEED silver level

BALTIMORE – Another banner winter sports season lead to a standing room only crowd at the Liberty Union – Thurston Board of Education meeting March 11.

The 8th grade girls basketball team and coach James Peck were honored for an undefeated season. The players turned in an undefeated season as well last year as seventh graders. This year’s 7th grade girls basketball team under coach Ben Bethel were also undefeated.

The junior varsity girls basketball team under coach Randy Darst finished with a 18-2 record and were undefeated in the Mid State League. The varsity girls basketball team under coach Adam Twiss repeated as MSL champs with an 11-1 league record and 18-5 overall. Twiss, in his first year as coach, was named MSL Cardinal Division Coach-of-the-Year.

This was the second year in a row where all the girls basketball teams were MSL champs. Wyatt Henderson was honored as an All- Ohio Swimmer, after finishing in 8th place in the 100 meter butterfly at the state tournament. Mitchell Dodd was recognized for qualifying for the state swim meet. He took 17th place in the 200 meter individual medley.

Co-students-of-the-month were juniors Shannon Tigner and Colton Roth. Tigner is the daughter of Steve and Melissa Tigner. She is the junior class president, a student council member, vicepresident of the LEO club and taking post-secondary classes at Ohio University-Lancaster.

Roth is the son of Benjamin and Tina Roth. He is a three year letterman on the cross country team and a two year letterman on the track team.

Former board member and president Art Brate and district architect Joe Schappa were honored for their contributions toward obtaining Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the remodeled high school. It’s the first school building in the county to achieve the silver level, Superintendent Paul Mathews said. “It was a struggle,” he added. “We worked very hard.” Certification is still pending on the new middle school.

In other business, district treasurer David Butler reported that revenue from the district’s income tax is up $35,000 from last year at this time.

Board members Shaun Hochradel and John Walter said the district’s proposal to the Village of Baltimore to make Brown Street one way north and Kumler one way west to Yencer is moving through the process. The request is being made to improve traffic flow for football games and to add some additional parking.

Some angled parking spot will be created on Kumler which should triple the number of onstreet parking places. The distict is expecting larger crowds for games thanks to the realignment of the league.

“In general, they (village officials) are in favor of it,” Walter said. So far the Safety Committee has approved the changes. The next stop is before the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Schappa told board members that the plan for some exterior improvements around the elementary school this summer should be available for next month’s board meeting. Most of it is additional paving to match walking areas and to increase the area of the hard surface play area. Some retaining walls will also be upgraded.

In personnel matters, board members accepted the resignation of Gary Leckrone as boys varsity basketball coach. Intervention specialist Sarah Palmer’s request for an unpaid leave of absence through this school year was granted.

The board’s next regular meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Monday, April 8, in the district office board room.

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