MAGNOLIA -- Since January was School Board Recognition month in the state of Ohio, Sandy Valley Superintendent David Janofa recognized and thanked the members of the local board.
"I would like to publicly recognize the individuals of the Sandy Valley Board of Education for their sacrifice, dedication and commitment to the success of our student and the entire educational community," said Janofa. "I encourage all citizens to publicly and privately thank the school board members serving the Sandy Valley community. I want to personally thank each of you for your efforts over the last year."
Janofa then introduced Mrs. Allison Morris who presented a video in tribute to the board of education.
During the superintendent's report, Janofa talked about the $31,124.29 in casino revenue that would be coming to the district. The October 2012 forecast had projected that the district would receive $26,220 for fiscal year 2013.
Janofa also said the district has $2,100,000 in bonds remaining to refund in 2013. The refunding should be complete in about two months.
He said the district's state foundation is being paid based on the October 2012 enrollment count.
During his report, director of operations Doug Neading said the district is still in the running for the federal Environmental Protection Agency bus replacement rebate. He also said the district has received two of three AEP grants for energy efficiency.
Reporting on safety and security, Neading had the following updates:
1. Crisis plans have been updated and reviewed with staff;
2. All required emergency plans are on file with the Ohio Attorney General, as required;
3. Setting up safety forces meeting to be led by Captain Orvis Campbell;
4. Additional training will be offered by Tuscarawas County Sheriff;
5. Front door video, intercoms have been installed;
6. Staff will be trained on Feb. 15 on new safety date sheets.
In other business, the board:
• HEARD reports from the building principals, which included a presentation on the elementary student expo;'
• ISSUED a limited contract for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year to Brenda Hester, 4.5-hour aide, assigned to the transportation department;
• APPROVED Scott Coleman as a classified substitute, pending background checks;
• ISSUED supplemental contracts to Kristen Woods and Carrie Faigley, Destination Imagination coordinator and coach, respectively;
• ACCEPTED the resignation of Cheryl Wilhelm, bus driver, effective on Dec. 31, 2012;
• ACCEPTED the resignations of Dennis Albaugh and Paul Miner, bus drivers, both effective May 30, 2013;
• APPROVED Rachael Berger, Haley and Zachary Miller as open-enrollment students for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year;
• APPROVED Clayton Poteet as "following a working parent" student for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year;
• APPROVED he following student fund raisers: baseball clinic by Brian Gamble on Jan. 27 and T-shirt sale by freshman class, advisor Marie Marcoaldi, in January;
•ACCEPTED the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission and authorized the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the Stark County Auditor;
• APPROVED financial statements;
• ENTERED into executive session to discuss details relative to security and emergency response protocols.
The next regular meeting of the board of education will be on Monday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m.