ME denied grant for buses

By Colin Foster

December 17, 2013

By Colin Foster

Staff Writer

CASSTOWN — The snow kept the students of out of school Monday at Miami East, but the board meeting went on as planned.

President Kevin Accurso, vice president Gayle Carson, Brad Burton, Mark Davis, Rusty Miller, superintendent Todd Rappold and treasurer Lisa Fahncke were all on hand Monday to discuss many important topics in the Miami East school district.

Rappold said he found out last Friday through email that the “Straight A Fund” grant the district applied for — which would have given East five new propane buses — was denied.

There were, however, plenty of positives that came about in the last month for Miami East and all Miami County schools, most notably the financing of “Rachel’s Challenge” — a mission that aims to create safer learning environments and compassion for fellow students — by Upper Valley Medical Center for the next five years.

“I won’t ever tire on saying thanks to UVMC,” Rappold said.

“If there was a way to gage the impact of this program on the ways those kids that will be able to benefit from it in the next five years, there’s no way that it won’t be a life-altering experience for everybody that will be touched by this,” Accurso said. “Twenty five years from now, I guarantee those kids are going to be better people and better citizens.”

UVMC is paying for the program in full for all schools in the county for five consecutive years.

The board motioned to approve the following on Monday: the acceptance of bus driver Pam Lang’s letter of resignation; the approval of the resignation of Kevin Pyers as high school assistant wrestling coach; the approval of supplemental contracts, effective for the 2013-14 school year, based on their years of experience for Cody McGillvary to move to assistant varsity wrestling coach and the move of Pyers to junior high assistant wrestling coach.

“Thank you so much to the community for so much support, in this case athletics,” Fahncke said.

The board also officially established the rate of pay for substitute teachers, setting it to $75 per day through 10 consecutive days and $83 per day from days 11-60 in the same position, before then being placed on a beginning salary schedule. Rappold also recognized the success of the 26th annual Senior Citizen Dinner.

Some of the items approved in the treasurer’s report include: the financial reports for the month of November, the then and now treasurer’s 412 certifications, the 2014 OSBA membership, and, effective Dec. 14, retroactively approving the collection of items to be donated in the lieu of charging an admission fee for select athletic events, per the superintendent’s discretion.

The 2014 Alternative Tax Budget document will be reviewed at the next board meeting.

In other news, Miami East collected 100 toys for the Toys For Tots program at last Saturday’s girls basketball against Newton.

The board concluded the meeting by approving the treasurer’s contract, and said goodbye to Gayle Carson and thanked him for his service.

The January Reorganizational Meeting is scheduled for Jan 7, 2014 at 7 p.m.