MOUNT VERNON — According to the published agenda, the Mount Vernon Board of Education on Monday awarded a Mount Vernon High School diploma to Vietnam veteran David Wayne Gill and Sarah Glibert received the Mount Vernon High School Behind the Scenes Award.
Regarding personnel, the board granted the retirement requests of federal/gifted coordinator Lori Beach, effective June 30, and Darlene Doyle, Pleasant Street third-grade teacher, also effective June 30. The board accepted letters of resignation from middle school track coach Buddy Miller, retroactively effective Jan. 20, and from assistant boys track coach Jason Montgomery, retroactive to Jan. 7. The board also added to the certified and classified substitute lists and issued several extra service/supplemental contracts. It also hired Wayne Bower as Forum Show director, Lindsey Hill as assistant girls track coach, James Lindsey as head boys track coach and Nicolas Melton as assistant baseball coach. The board also approved a list of baseball, track and volleyball volunteers, authorized stipends for Battle of the Books coaches, approved the creation of a three-hour intervention specialist position to be split between East Elementary and Wiggin Street Elementary and contracted with John Bradley for occupational therapy services.
In addition to approving routine fiscal actions, the board accepted the following donations: $30 to the high school FCCLA from Ohio Family Career and Community Leaders of America endowment; $300 to the high school robotics team from Phillip Wheeler; $400 to Columbia Elementary from NiSource on behalf of David Luna, to be used by classroom teachers for special occasions and activities; and a $250 anonymous donation to the district to be used toward student activities. The board also accepted the following memorial book donations: “All the Places to Love,” to Twin Oak in memory of Barbara Wagner, mother of high school teacher Janet Jones; and “A River Runs Through It,” to Wiggin Street in memory of Dr. Joseph Nussbaum, father of middle school teacher Jim Nussbaum.
The board approved a professional development agreement with ITSCO, amended its contract with the Knox County Educational Service Center, adopted a resolution to purchase electrical service through the Metropolitan Educational Council and voted to again sponsor a summer food service program. Lunch sites will be Riverside and Hiawatha parks, June 14 through Aug. 12. Lunch will be served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Lunches are free to all children between the ages of 18 months and 18 years of age, and adult lunches will cost $2.75. The summer lunch program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Other actions taken by the board included the approval of a Pleasant Street elementary fifth-grade overnight field trip to Nature’s Classroom in May.