JC board agrees to be subject of documentary

By Alexandra Newman - anewman@aimmedianetwork.com

JACKSON CENTER — The Jackson Center Board of Education met on Monday, Feb. 15, for a regular meeting.

The board voted to enter into an agreement with OndoMedia in conjunction with the Village of Jackson Center, The Greater Growth Association and the Jackson Township Trustees for the purpose of a video documentary production. The Board agrees to pay up to $6,000.

OndoMedia produced a similar documentary focusing on the transition from the old school to a new school for Botkins Local Schools, which premiered in July 2015.

Superintendent Bill Reichert provided a construction update on the new building. Soon they will hold a meeting to negotiate the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) of the project.

They are also busy trying to plan a ground breaking during the day around or before April 1. The first priority with that being student involvement.

Information is being considered as to whether it is cost effective to move the old playground equipment from the current location or buy new. A list of alternative items which are currently not a part of the budget is being prioritized in case opportunities arise during the project. Curbs on the northwest edge of the campus are being prepared for an alternate bus pickup and parking that will be implemented during the project.

The board also voted to accept the resignation of Susan Elmore, due to retirement effective at the end of the 2015-16 contract year. They then voted to employ Elmore as a certified aide for the 2016-17 school year.

The board voted to employ Jay Liles as middle school teacher for the 2016-17 school year.

Jackson Center was part of a class action lawsuit including other school districts in the area, against Reiter Dairy, the distributor of their milk. At Monday’s meeting, the board accepted the settlement amount of $2,874.

The next meeting date is still being determined.

By Alexandra Newman