Volleyball team thanks BOE for support

Staff report

JACKSON CENTER — Two players and the coach for the Jackson Center Jackson Center volleyball team attended Monday night’s Board of Education meeting to thank the board for their support during the volleyball season.

Coach Kim Metz, along with players Kamryn Elchert and Vanessa Winner, expressed their appreciation to the board.

Dan Freytag, of Freytag and Associates Inc., attended the meeting to answer any questions about the status of the new school project. Work continues toward finalizing drawings and confirming estimates on the renovation of the areas that will not be torn down. Questions and discussion occurred relative to ensuring new parking capacity would be equal to or better than current capacity.

The board approved an amendment to the architect/engineer agreement in the amount of $15,325 for administration oversight of phase 2 of the abatement process. The services will be provided during the abatement process which was started last summer and will be completed this summer.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the revision of the district’s wellness plan.

• Tabled a discussion on the district’s policy on lunch charges because the Ohio School Boards Association is still finalizing the policy.

• Held an executive session to discuss the employment of public employees.

• Accepted the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them with the county auditor.

• Heard a report from Elementary Principal Ginger Heuker shared the testing schedule, which is in the newsletter. Testing is scheduled to begin in April.

The board heard the following updates on the building project:

• Courtyard and outdoor science areas: The cement has been secured for the area and work is being done to try and secure donations to complete the outdoor science areas.

• Flooring: Samples of some of the supporting colors for flooring were reviewed

• Historical Representation: Seven potential story lines are being looked at for potential depiction on one of the walls inside the new and existing buildings.

• Greenhouse: The greenhouse size is being established and final costs estimates are being worked through.

• Soccer Field and All Weather Track: Three suppliers presented to a small committee headed by Superintendent Bill Reichert for providing the all weather track. A scrap tire grant application has been completed and, if received, could help substantially offset this expense.

• Playgrounds: Studies, including input from students, continue to try and confirm the playground equipment preferred.

• Renovation of ’81 & ’65 additions: Drawing continue to be finalize so final estimates can be completed.

• Athletic Boosters: Discussion occurred about the use of Jostens for selling spirit wear and where discount rebates would go.

The board’s next meeting will be Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Staff report