Treasurer Mary Payne told the News on Tuesday that the board commended Danville’s overall spelling bee winner Ronnie McCain, who was also the eighth-grade champion. The board also applauded Garrett Hughes, the fifth-grade winner, and Andrew Bullock, the seventh-grade winner. Kayla Brayshaw was Danville’s sixth-grade champion and was also the Knox County runner-up.
The Mock Trial team black was also recognized for advancing to regional competition. Team members include Anna Lamb, Mariah Cline, Brendan Urban, Keeley Young, Morgan Sinnett, Amanda Mickley, Marty Renemans, Molly Mickley and Katie Addair. The team’s advisor is Jim Holmes; legal advisors are Noel Alden and Dayne Baughman.
With regard to district finances, Payne said the board continues to strive to operate within its means. She said major cuts in state foundation funding are expected when Gov. Kasich reveals his budget proposal in March. The cuts could range from 10 to 20 percent, Payne said.
Payne also listed submitted legislation that could impact schools: HB 30 which would remove unfunded mandates such as all-day kindergarten; HB 36 which would restore calamity days and HB 69 deals with public pension reform. She said the collective bargaining bill, SB 5, would not directly affect the district because there is no Danville Education Association.