Between recognizing all the achievers and the amount of business on the agenda, the Big Walnut Schools Board of Education meeting had a full house and a full slate on Jan. 18.
It was standing-room only and the parking was overflow at the Administrative Office. Most in attendance were there to applaud their children or to receive recognition. There was no public participation, and most folks left after the students were recognized.
The individual students who received recognition were: Andy Cornejs, Hylen Souders Elementary Student of the Month; Allexa Morris, Big Walnut Elementary Student of the Month; KC Ciallella, Big Walnut High School Student of the Month; Lindsey Hill, Hylen Souders Elementary Art Student of the Month; Marin Johnston, Big Walnut Elementary Art Student of the Month; Remy Largent, Big Walnut High School Art Student of the Month.
In addition, the girls’ varsity volleyball and soccer teams were recognized for their great seasons. Lastly, Superintendent Angie Pollock gave certificates to each of the returning school board members for their work in the past year.
The board unanimously approved an updated five-year forecast for the district. Treasurer Jeremy Buskirk said that districts typically approve the forecasts in the fall and spring, but that there were enough changes to revenues and expenses to warrant the update. The board also unanimously approved issuing $108 million in bonds as a result of the passage of the district’s ballot issue last year. It was explained that the amount wouldn’t be used until necessary, and the approval simplifies the process and is standard with other districts. Also approved was a 6th grade camp outing in May to Heartland Outdoor School in Marengo; and district calendars for school years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.
Finally, the board approved an amended Director of Facilities job description, with new member Doug Crowl proposing to amend the description so that a potential candidate could have equivalent experience.
Director of Academic Achievement Jen Young discussed ways to make it easier for students to determine a career path. The board had mixed views, with some saying that it was OK if a student changed their mind as they progressed in school.
In other district news, Pollock said the district is seeking “land for sale that could potentially be used for school sites.” For more information, call 740-965-3010.
Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0906 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.
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