Botkins BOE approves tax exemption requests

BOTKINS — The Botkins Board of Education approved two CRA Tax Exemptions during its Jan. 11 meeting.

Approved were 50% resolutions for Platfoot Industrial Properties and Eric May Enterprises, LLC. Both had requested a 100% tax exemption, which was denied by the board.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the treasurer’s report by fund, general fund activity, the investment report, and the 5-year review of General Fund Activity.

• Amended the certificate and appropriations.

• Approved to leave Driver’s Ed cost the same at $350 for Botkins students and $425 for non-Botkins students for the 2023-24 school year.

• Joined OSBA for the calendar year 2023.

• Joined OSBA’s Legal Assistance Fund (LAF) for the calendar year 2023.

• Approved the calendar for 2023-24 school year.

• Accepted donations of $1,000 was received from the Fischbach Family fund to be used for Girls’ Athletics; and $912 was received from an anonymous donor to be used for the Girls Basketball Athletic fund.

• Hired Andrew Puschel as the Winter Break Technology Assistant.

• Went into executive session. No action was taken.

During the organizational meeting, Neil Boerger was elected president of the Botkins Board of Education for the calendar year 2023. Mark Goubeaux was elected vice president.

The board also:

• Set the compensation for Botkins Board of Education members at $40 per meeting for the calendar year 2023 with compensation not to exceed 12 meetings per year.

• Established the date of the second Wednesday of each month, the time of 7 p.m., and the location of the school media center as the standard date, time, and location for the regularly scheduled meetings of the Botkins Board of Education during 2023.

• Designated Mark Goubeaux as the Botkins Board of Education legislative liaison to the OSBA during 2023.

• Designated Scott Bayless as the Botkins Board of Education student achievement liaison during 2023.

• Designated the school treasurer as the Botkins Board of Education member or designee to attend the Public Records Training as required by Ohio Revised Code during 2023. The treasurer will also be considered as the Records Custodian. A copy of the Public Records Policy was given to the treasurer.

• Designated the Sidney Daily News and the Wapakoneta Daily News as the official newspapers of the Botkins School District during 2023.

• Approved expenses for board members, teachers, administrators, and classified staff members for attending a professional meeting and when conducting school business, to set the mileage rate at 50 cents per mile.

• Authorized the treasurer to secure advances from the Shelby County Auditor when funds are available and payable to the school district.

• Authorized the treasurer to invest any inactive funds at the most productive interest rate.

• Authorized the treasurer to pay bills and to make appropriation modifications as needed within the limits of the appropriation measure.

• Authorizes thetreasurer in conjunction with the board president to borrow funds in anticipation of tax receipts.

• Authorizes the superintendent to employ such temporary personnel as is needed for emergency situations.

• Authorized the superintendent to serve as the district purchasing agent.

• Authorized the superintendent to be the district Title IX Compliance Officer for Botkins School District.

• Appointed Scott Bayless as the treasurer pro-tempore in the treasurer’s absence during a board meeting.

• Approved the cost of Liability Insurance for the treasurer, school secretaries, superintendent, board president, and other school employees as necessary for the calendar year 2023.

• Appointed Board members to the following Administrative committees during 2022: Negotiations: Neil Boerger and Mark Goubeaux; Park Board: Scott Bayless and Chris Monnin; BCIC: Chris Monnin; Louise Sheets: Chris Monnin; Boosters: Jason Wendel and Scott Bayless; Scholarships: Jason Wendel; and Finances: Neil Boerger and Mark Goubeaux

• Approved participation in the following for 2023-24: all Federal/Title funds associated with the CCIP, free lunch program, VoAg matching grant, Ohio K-12 network, etech, REAP, AP Virtual Learning.

• Set the cost to the public for copies of public records at 10 cents per page for the 2023 year.