By Colin Foster
CASSTOWN — The Miami East Local Schools Board of Education meeting was held on Tuesday evening.
Board president Kevin Accurso, members Brad Burton, Mark Davis, Brandon Fellers and Rusty Miller were all in attendence, along with district treasurer Lisa Fahncke and superintendent Dr. Todd Rappold. Also in attendance were Barb Minnich, Danielle Meier and Jim Taylor.
One of the hot topics Tuesday was an update from Quandel Construction. Rappold said that Quandel Construction, the management firm for the high school project, reported that the close-out documents for the construction were still in the process of being reviewed by the Ohio School Facilities Commission. Quandel shared that the OSFC was approximately 50 percent completed with the review process and anticipated its completion by sometime in late March or early April.
Additionally, Rappold shared with the board that the district recently submitted an Ohio School Safety Grant. On Tuesday morning, the Miami East District was informed it had received the grant to install an additional school security system in all three of its school facilities. Rappold recognized Brandon Fellers and Miami County Sheriff Deputy James McGlinch for their assistance and guidance through the grant process.
Here’s some other news/discussion points from Tuesday: the board of education talked about the possibility of completing their annual self-appraisal later in the year, Dr. Rappold shared the high school’s schedule for the upcoming OGT testing week in March, the Miami County Family Abuse Shelter recently forwarded a letter written to the Miami East Athletic Department and the members of the Casstown community that supported the Toys for Tots Program, Rappold shared a letter written to Heather Gilliland, the junior high staff and students about the success of a holiday project the junior high coordinated, and the board also touched on the success of Vikingfest 2014 over the weekend, thanking the Miami East Foundation, and the school/parent groups that helped make it all possible.
In the treasurer’s report, Fahncke presented the board with the following cash donations: $100 to the high school athletic program in memory of Howard Caven, $7,030.42 from the Elementary PTO, $289 from the Miami County Farm Bureau for FFA, $500 ARCOP grant from the Ohio FFA Foundation for the FFA, $1,000 grant from the National FFE Foundation for the FFA, $500 Small grains donation for the FFA. All donations approved.
The following employment items were brought forth in the superintendent’s report: Erin Gutman’s request for maternity leave beginning April 18 and ending May 30 (passed), the approval of the following supplemental contracts for the current school year — Barry Coomes (head baseball coach), Edward Meyers (boys JV baseball coach), Roger Bowen (volunteer track coach), Brian Kadel (head softball coach), Kevin Accurso and Harold Heffelfinger (volunteer softball coaches), Steve Karnehm (head coach boys track) and Levi Karnehm (assistant track coach), Gary Church (head JH track coach) and Zach Tyre (assistant JH track coach). All motions were passed.
The board also passed the motions to approve Mike Kirby (Custodian) and Cheryl Wiley (Secretary) on an as needed basis for this school year, and approved the unpaid leave of absence for Diane Littlejohn (three days) and Loretta Yantis (three days). Also approved were the following: Elementary reading intervention tutor Kelli Barhorst will be paid at an hourly rate using Title I grant money, along with the certificated personnel upgrade of degrees on approved salary schedules for Jodi Metzger and Chris Weddle.
The next board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. March 17 in room 116 of Miami East High School.
Colin Foster may be reached at 937-440-5208 or followed on Twitter @colinfosterbg or @Troydailynews