Hardin-Houston BOE approves policies

Staff report

HOUSTON — The Hardin-Houston Local School District’s board of education held its monthly meeting, Monday, during which they approved 17 NEOLA policies, as well as seven employees for hire.

NEOLA is an educational consulting firm in northeast Ohio. NEOLA works with school districts throughout Ohio, providing counsel to keep policies up-to-date with changes in governmental laws and regulations. The 17 approvals included policies regarding the College Credit Plus Program, attendance, gifted education and identification, bus driver certification, and student technology use and safety, among others.

The seven employees approved for hire were Lisa Pickering and Jennifer Turner as classified substitutes for the 2017-2018 school year; Samantha Sharp as a teacher under the 21st Century Grant at a rate of $30 per hour; Louis Reindel as a regular route bus driver, retroactive to Oct. 30, 2017, at a rate of $21.48 per hour; Kyle Brandewie as the freshman boys basketball coach; and Tammy Vondenhuevel as seventh-grade girls basketball coach, along with Carie New.

In other news, the board approved the 12:45 p.m. early dismissal on both March 13 and April 19, 2018, for teacher professional development.

The board also declared transportation to Piqua Catholic and Troy Christian Schools as impractical for the Hardin-Houston district and approved the authorization of payment to the parents, to be determined by the Ohio Department of Education, in lieu of transportation for the 2017-2018 school year.

The agreement with Jefferson Health Plan was approved to provide health and dental insurance coverage to the Shelby County Consortium, in which Hardin-Houston Local School District is a member, through Self-Funded Plans, Inc. beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

The board approved the resolution for Senate Deregulation Bill 216, also known as the “Public School Deregulation Bill.” The bill takes aim at state-required mandates, which many see as time-consuming, cost-intensive and inhibitive of the teacher’s and school official’s judgement of the actions taken in their own districts.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Dec. 18, at 7 p.m., in the Media Center.

Staff report