BOE approves appropriations

VERSAILLES — Permanent appropriations for fiscal year 2018 were approved during the Sept. 19 meeting of the Versailles Exempted Village School District Board of Education.

Permanent appropriations were approved at $17,160,119.91 for all funds and $14,141,234.80 for the general fund. The in-state tuition rate for the district was set at $4,618.24 for the 2017-2018 school year.

In addition, the board approved the following donations: a tiger picture from Dave and Kay Holfinger, $100 from Edwin F. Nickol Monument to the Future Farmers of America (FFA), $100 from Roger Glass to the FFA, and $850 from the Darke County Foundation to the FFA. The board also approved May 23, 2018, as the last day of school for seniors.

Other board approvals included:

• An agreement between the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center and Versailles Exempted Village Schools for vision impaired, orientation and mobility services for the 2017-18 school year.

• A memorandum of understanding between the Governing Board of the Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC) and the Board of Education of the Versailles Exempted Village School District (the “Board of Education”) audiology services for 2017-18 school year.

• A Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) agreement between the village of Versailles and Midmark Corp., with the proposed exempted tax amount relating to the Versailles Exempted Village Schools not equaling more than 50 percent of the amount of estimated taxes that would have been charged and payable had the property not been exempted from taxation.

• The ratification of the Southwestern Ohio Educational Purchasing Council Natural Gas Sales Agreement, whereas the Southwestern Ohio Educational Purchasing Council (“EPC”), an association of state funded, not for profit school districts and independent elementary and secondary schools, has completed an arrangement for a natural gas supply program with Direct Energy Business Marketing, LLC dba Direct Energy Business (“Seller”) for schools and school districts located in the Versailles Exempted Village Schools service area from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

During the items for discussion, the board reviewed and provided suggestions on draft letters to the community on gifted services, and the district’s report card from the state. Review of board policy IJA Career Advising and information on an idea for career counseling and the economic business advisory was also discussed. The district was invited to participate in a meeting with Congressman Warren Davidson later this month. Topics for the meeting were provided to the Board and they created responses to give each board member a voice. The Board was updated on an enforcement change with the district use of an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) vehicle for athletic training.

The next regular Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the board office.