NEW KNOXVILLE – An encouraging five-year financial forecast and the hiring of a second third-grade teacher were highlights of Monday night’s meeting of the New Knoxville Board of Education.
Due to increasing enrollment, Stacy Stetler was introduced by Superintendent Kim Waterman as an additional third-grade teacher recently hired to teach a second class to be added in the 2018-19 school year. Her husband Matt Stetler currently is the New Knoxville soccer coach.
School district income and expenses were expected to hold steady in the next five years, as was reported to the board by Treasurer Amy Reineke, with only a slight erosion of school reserves. She said that over the past five years the District has maintained an operational balance with revenues that had increased 4.62 percent while expenditures were an annual average of 3.32 percent, leaving the district with a cash reserves of between $2.5 and 3.5 million each year. However, her report went on to say that in the five-year forecast, expenditures will begin to increase faster than income, eating into the cash reserve. Revenues are projected to be $5,048,934 for 2018 and top off at $5,341,027 in 2020. Expenditures were also predicted to increase beginning $4,714,307 in 2018 and going up to $5,626793 by 2020.
In other reports, grade 4 to 12 Principal Jenny Fledderjohann said preparations and activities were wrapping up for the end of the school year.
Forty-four seniors are expected to graduate Sunday May 27. Alumni Paul Kuhlman will speak. He is an ‘83 graduate, and was honored as both as 2009 South Dakota Teacher of the Year and 2014 National Rural Teacher of the Year.
Fledderjohann also told the board that many awards were given at the May 4 Spring Concert. Elaine Poppe was given the John Phillip Sousa award, Cassandra McGue, the Louis Armstrong Jazz award, Audrey Stachler the National Choral award and Choir scholarship, Brittany Bambauer won a Band Scholarship, and Alysha Katterheinrich a Jr. High Director’s award.
Secondary Award Assembly held last weekend honored 8 students. Awards went to Abby Maggi and Johan Lageman, OHSSA Scholar Athlete Award, Olivia Dyrness and Nathan Tinnerman, OHSAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award, Alicia Weadock and Jacob Weimert, OFHS Integrity and Sportsmanship, Taylor Doty, OSHAA Courageous Award (given to a student who has shown courage in overcoming adversity or has helped a family member), and Rick Samuel, OHSAA Respect the Game Award for exemplary contribution and service for attending many home and away events, providing action and still photos for parents and students.
Board action also approved the West Central Ohio Assistive Technology Center contract and 2018-19 membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association,
In other action, the board approved:
• Personnel employment of Jadyn Lauth as student summer cleaning and Sara Vorhees as an elementary teacher.
• Supplemental 2018-19 employment contracts for 22 people.
Under business actions, the board accepted:
• A $1,500 donation from Chuck and Theresa Rowen for scholarships and $1000 for safety equipment.
• A $104,500 donation on behalf from Gary Schrolucke, trustee of the Donald Schrolucke Fund. Use of the money is to be determined later.
• $95 worth of yogurt cups from Dannon for a school field day.
The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.