FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown school board on Tuesday voted to work with other local school boards to change the composition of the Knox County Career Center Board of Education. Fredericktown joins Centerburg, Danville and Clear Fork in requesting direct representation on the KCCC board. East Knox is expected to act on a similar measure at its meeting this evening.
The superintendent of the Knox County Educational Service Center, Timm Mackley, was a special guest at the meeting. He spoke briefly about how the ESC grew out of the old county school board system and outlined the services provided to the local districts by the ESC, most of which come at a cost which is less than if the local districts had to foot the bill all on their own.
Treasurer Pat Miller presented the district’s amended five-year fiscal forecast. She said that while the district’s revenues exceed expenditures at the moment, she said if the district does not pass a new levy, it could see significant deficit in future years. She predicts that in fiscal year 2013 the district will spend $200,000 more than it takes in. In fiscal year 2014 the gap widens to $448,000 and reaches about $1.1 million in 2016. Miller said the district continues to implement cost containment measures as much as possible, including granting no base salary increases in 2010 and 2011, and 1.5 percent in 2012.
In addition to approving the forecast and routine fiscal actions, the board accepted a $2,000 donation from the FFA alumni. It also contracted with McGuire and Associates to write a 21st Century grant for an afterschool program for at-risk students. This is at no cost to the district.
Regarding personnel, the board entered into a contract with Ray Davis for the regular application of pesticides, effective today, employed Tina Mosier as a two-hour cafeteria cashier and called back intervention specialist Katie Getz, effective next school year. The board approved a $25 stipend for teachers doing tutoring for the Ohio Achievement Assessments, retroactive to March 1.
The board approved the fall placement of University of Akron student teacher Logan Doup with speech and hearing therapist Jodie Erfurt as well the following Mount Vernon Nazarene University student teachers: Morgan Coburn with second-grade teacher Melissa Carpenter and intervention specialist Sarah Skonezny; Stacy Culbertson with second-grade teacher Kathy Daniels; and Meredith Stewart with third-grade teacher Jan Reynolds. Lonnie Frazier was approved as a classroom volunteer.
Other actions taken by the board included:
•Approval of the boys basketball team’s trip to Nashville for basketball camp in June, at no cost to the board.
•Renewal of membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2012-13 school year.
•Resolution to continue the latchkey program for the 2012-13 school year at no cost to the board as it is a self-supporting program.
•Additions to the list of students participating in the post-secondary enrollment option for 2012-13.
•Memorandum of understanding with Mental Health/Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties for the completion of the Pride survey in grades six, eight, 10, 11 and 12. The survey is part of a broader effort to promote healthy behavior.
•Approval of summer school for those students needing intervention in grades one, two, three and four.
•Approval of May 15 and May 31 as early release days to allow teachers time to examine student progress monitoring tools mandated by the state and to adjust their curriculum maps to the new core standards.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Fredericktown Board of Education will be held Tuesday, June 26, at 6 p.m. in the administration building.