MOUNT VERNON — Twin Oak volunteer Nikki McKinley received a Behind the Scenes Award at Monday’s meeting of the Mount Vernon school board. Twin Oak Principal Suzanne Miller said McKinley is the Twin Oak PTO president and No. 1 volunteer.
“Nikki has been in charge of our fall fundraising efforts for the last few years,” Miller said. “This fundraiser has been instrumental in providing Twin Oak with the funds to purchase playground equipment as well as provide funding for our PTO budget. The money that she raises is given back to students throughout the school year.
“Nikki also works in the office as a volunteer and works on every committee where she sees a need. Nikki sees a hole and works to make sure that things run smoothly and efficiently. This year she has worked to arrange for the career center’s Building and Trades Department to install two tetherball courts. She will begin overseeing the Horticulture Department as they work on finishing the grounds around the play area and playing fields. Nikki has two children, one in middle school and the other a third-grader at Twin Oak. Twin Oak is very lucky that Nikki McKinley gives her time willingly and will be part of the Twin Oak volunteers for another three years.”
According to the published agenda, Theresa Kouba gave a presentation about the accomplishments of the Twin Oak Student Council and Al Berger of MKC Associates Inc. talked about solar power and how it would benefit the Mount Vernon Middle School.
Regarding personnel, the board advanced Nicole Valot on the salary schedule due to completion of requirements. It also accepted the resignations of a handful of substitute teachers, added others to the certified and classified substitute lists and issued a number of supplemental/extra service contracts for the 2010-11 school year. Contracts were also approved for Matthew Maley, swim coach; Michelle Blubaugh, freshman girls basketball coach; Krystle Doup, middle school girls basketball coach; David Moore, assistant boys basketball coach; Robert O’Hara, middle school boys basketball coach; and Tracy Robinson, assistant boys basketball coach.
Besides approving routine fiscal actions, the board accepted a $25 donation to the football program from Mr. and Mrs. Russell Hepner in memory of Dr. Joseph Nussbaum; $100 to the high school athletic department from Mr. and Mrs. N. Larry Bardash also in memory of Dr. Nussbaum; $50 to Dan Emmett Elementary from James Guody to be used toward student school supplies; school supplies to Dan Emmett Elementary from Directions Credit Union, the Lions Club and Carol Riley; and a charm for the homecoming queen from Hunnicut’s Jewelry.
The board contracted with the Industrial Appraisal Co. provide an appraisal for the purposes of fixed asset accounting control and insurance valuation for the district; and with Simplex Grinnell to provide fire alarm detection services to the Alternative Center. The board also approved an interagency agreement with Head Start, Knox County Educational Service Center, the Knox County Health department and the County Board of Developmental Disabilities. That agreement is mandated by state law.
In other action, the board approved: Middle school boys volleyball as a club sport for the 2010-11 school year; FFA trip top the national convention this month; FCCLA trip to the state leadership convention this week; and the eighth-grade educational trip to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown in May.