By Ellen Simmons
Special To The Record
New London High School sophomore Morgan Luedy and senior Casey Kropka were honored at Monday's Board of Education meeting.Huron County Commissioner Joe Hintz read a proclamation from the commissioners recognizing them for qualifying to participate in state cross country competition, where Casey was named an All-Ohioan. Hintz said it was a privilege to be able to honor outstanding athletes and added, "It's one of the fun things the commissioners get to do." Elementary principal Gail Rusinko reported on a new after-school intervention program for kindergarten through third graders who need help with reading skills. She said possibly 54 of the 260 students in these grades will be eligible for the twice-a-week, 17-week program. As many as five professionals would administer the program, and Rusinko said, "It really can only help." Superintendent Brad Romano said the $10,000 program will be funded with federal money and will include funds to transport students home. He added the program will begin in about two weeks. In his legislative report, Romano said the Ohio legislature is considering "a flood of bills," including one to remove Ohio from Common Core. Another would repeal state minimum salary schedules for teachers and a third deals with school funding. Romano continued by saying he is working on three projects, which include quality of instruction, retention of students, and opportunities for college credits while students are in high school. He concluded by adding he is working with Music Booster Karen DeLong on a plan to purchase several band instruments at a cost of $12,000, with the Boosters and the school splitting the cost. In other business, the board approved the following: • Two memorandums of understanding with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local #521 (OAPSE). One dealt with the consolidation of custodial maintenance shifts and the second with the vacating and filling of transportation routes. Romano said he appreciated the spirit of cooperation of OAPSE members. • Updated District Crisis Management Plan and decided to contract with RJBeck for security enhancements to the school's entry system and entry cameras for $15,000. The district will be reimbursed through the Ohio School Facilities Commission School Security Grant. • A service agreement with W.W.Williams was accepted for generator preventative maintenance and service, effective Nov. 21, 2014 until Nov. 22, 2017 for $1,600 a year. This is a saving of $657 a year from the previous contract. • The lease/purchase of three busses from Cardinal Bus Sales for $246,252, less $9,000 trade-in of four busses. The bid price includes an additional $8,100 for a ten-year engine warranty. • UpSlope Solution will provide professional development on Risk Management and Employee Discipline in an Education Environment for district administrators and supervisors for $3,385.80. The Board also approved the Facility Usage form and all associated fees. • Transportation agreement with Huron City Schools, Western Reserve Local Schools and Mapleton Local Schools was modified to include Mansfield Madison Locals Schools for transportation to the Ohio School for the Blind in Columbus. The agreement lowers the cost of trips to Columbus for the district, according to Romano. • In personnel matters the board advanced Bradley Pickens to Bachelor's Degree +150 hours on the certified salary schedule, effective with the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. John Henkle was added to the certified substitute staff, and it was noted many more substitutes are needed. • Elementary teachers Robyn Kelly and Carla Dearth were approved for the supplemental positions of Elementary RTI, a program to provide intervention services for students that are demonstrating difficulties in school. • A middle school wrestling pupil activity contract was given to Bryan Gregory. Brennan Gregory, Bob Bene, Tim Keathley and Tim Grys were approved as wrestling volunteers. • The following donations were accepted: $142 from Firelands Symphony Orchestra for a keyboard and book, $48 from the Golden Agers for the General Fund, $1,000 from Coca Cola for scholarship and principal support, $1,000 from the American Legion for the softball program, $1,128 from the NL Athletic Boosters for the baseball/softball program and $510 from Spencer Signs for the Dan Olien Tournament. Before adjourning, the Board went into executive session for the purposes of negotiations, employee benefits and pending litigation. No business was conducted after this session. New London's Board of Education meets regularly on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the board office. The next meeting will be held on Dec. 15.