Wren re-elected Jackson Center BOE president


JACKSON CENTER — Jackson Center Local Schools Board of Education held its organizational meeting Jan. 9.

Brad Wren was re-elected president of the board. Krissy Mullenhour was re-elected vice president.

The board established the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. as the date for the monthly meetings, which will be held in the central office conference room.

In other business during the organizational meeting included:

• Authorization for the treasurer to make advance withdrawals as available, invest inactive funds as available, pay bills as received within appropriations, and borrow funds as needed to meet obligations when appropriated.

• Appointed the superintendent as purchasing agent.

• Appointed the treasurer to be the Title IX Compliance Officer.

• Appointed the treasurer as the board appointed designee for public records matters.

• Established an increase the business travel mileage reimbursement to 50 cents per mile.

• Authorized the superintendent to approve professional meetings.

• Authorized the superintendent to accept resignations and hire employees between board meetings. Both are subject to the ratification of the school board but are deemed effective at the time of the superintendent’s offer and completion of a satisfactory background check.

• Appointed the board president, superintendent and treasurer, along with Board Member Kristen Davis, to the Finance Committee for 2023 calendar year.

During the regular meeting, the board and administration thanked Suttan Barhorst for her many years of service as she competes here 34th year of teaching at Jackson Center and plans to retire at the end of this school year.

In other business during the regular meeting, the board:

• Approved the renewal of OHSAA membership for the 2023-24 school year.

• Approved the “Notice to Bidders” and bid process for the purpose of replacing the current 1965 wing roof with a new, metal roof.

• Renewed the Preschool Education Contract with the Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years.

Superintendent Bill Reichert and Board Member Matt Kohler confirmed they had just received initial drawings for the multi-purpose building intended to be constructed near the track and were just beginning to review those and create questions for Freytag & Associates. Also the project to align and bring consistency to the fire and tornado alarms across various parts of the building was completed over the holiday break and new lockers replacing those in the 2002 building have been ordered with that project scheduled for this summer. PreK-5 principal Ginger Heuker shared more information collected from as many county and local schools on the third-grade fall ELA scores that compared favorably to most.

• Went into executive session to discuss employment of employees.

• Accepted the resignation due to retirement (end of school year) of Suttan Barhorst.

• Approved a pupil activity contract for Ben Shuster, track assistant coach.

The board’s next meeting will be Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.