NEW KNOXVILLE – The New Knoxville Board of Education had a shuffle in their treasurer’s office as they accepted the resignation of their school treasurer and approved her replacement at their meeting Monday night, Aug. 23. Also joining the district was a new band director.
The board approved the resignation of Treasurer Amy Reineke, effective Aug. 27. She has accepted a similar position at Marion Local School District.
The board subsequently approved the appointment of Andrew Meckstroth as the new treasurer. His start date was Monday, Aug. 23. Meckstroth worked in IT and finance at Cardinal Health in Columbus for 18 years before accepting this position. He is a native of New Knoxville.
Since Meckstroth still needs to attain his license to serve as school treasurer, the BOE also approved the temporary services of Carol Forsythe until the end of December 2021. Also, the BOE approved paying Reineke a per diem rate of $290.90 per day or $36.36 per hour as needed to perform payroll or other needed assistance for the 2021-22 school year.
In her report to the board, grades 4 to 12 Principal Jenny Fledderjoahnn introduced new band director Abby Smith. She received her degree from Wright State University and is from Troy.
The principal reported that enrollment for the 2021-22 school district was 232 for grades kindergarten to six and 144 for grades 7 to 12. She said this number was slightly above last year’s enrollment.
Fledderjohann also told the board about a new high school class called Math, Models and Reasoning, which is being taught by Jennifer Koesters through the Ohio Department of Education. The principal said the class could be an Algebra class equivalent and also a college preparatory class.
The principal also said fall sports are in full swing and shared the numbers in each sport. High school cross country has five boys and two girls, junior high cross country has one boy and three girls, high school volleyball has 15 students, while junior high volleyball has 12 participating. Golf has six and soccer 16.
In board action, approved Treasurer Reineke’s recommendation to pay invoices through the Barn 2.0 project funds. One was for $13,032 and the other for $300 from Brickner and Eckler. They also approved using Barn 2.0 funds to pay a Fanning Howey invoice for $3,740.00.
The board also approved 2021-22 contracts with Nickle’s Bakery as bread supplier and Reinhard Dairy as the milk and juice provider.
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