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United Local keeps door open for OSFC renovations

September 19, 2013
By KEVIN HOWELL - Staff Writer , Salem News

HANOVERTON- The United Local school board Wednesday night left open the possibility for campus renovations through the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC).

The board deferred to a future year participation in the OSFC's construction and renovation program, meaning school administration can still plan a project with OSFC funding if its 3-mill continuous permanent improvement levy fails in November.

According to schools Superintendent Steve Viscounte, the district remains on the OSFC's list of school districts eligible for renovation or construction, but that the district will not be participating this year and any decision on a proposed project will not be made until July. He said the administration will be allowed to plan a project, but not have to commit.

Currently the district is listed in the OSFC's Exceptional Needs Program (ENP), which provides school districts with the ability to protect the health and safety of their students with a new facility regardless of position on the equity list, which measures average valuation per pupil. The district has been falling on the equity list, from 160 of 612 districts in 2012 to 168 in 2013. Its local share has increased from 21 percent in 2011 to 28 percent in 2013.

In other business the board had first readings of board policy adoptions requiring nonchartered or homeschooled students seeking admission be subject to competency examinations to determine grade level; and establishing guidelines for Internet access, filtering software and use of technology to aid in educational and operational processes of the district.

The board also approved afterschool art class as a community education class for elementary students, pending sufficient enrollment, with Heather Conner as instructor.

In personnel matters, the board approved athletic supplemental contracts for the 2013-2014 school year to Luke Williams, assistant boys basketball; Ryan Burd, ninth-grade boys basketball; Jarrod Niederhiser, eighth-grade boys basketball; Todd Sarchet, seventh-grade boys basketball; Josh Sigler, assistant girls basketball; Dianna Barley, eighth-grade girls basketball; Jeanne Woolf, seventh-grade girls basketball; and Nicole Crosser, track coordinator. The board also approved as volunteer coaches Dennis Klaustermeyer, girls tennis; Rob Clunen, boys basketball; and Jason Miller, boys basketball; and accepted the supplemental contract resignation of Amanda Wood as volunteer coordinator.

Additionally the board hired as a bus driver Mary Koah of East Rochester effective Sept. 23, and Karen Arnoto as the mid-day, two-hour preschool bus driver.

The board also named teachers Curtis Jones, Risa Smith, Ann Cooper and Shannon Clunen to the local professional development committee (LPDC) to review the certificated staff's continuing education hours and completed course work and approved as Saturday school monitors Shannon Clunen, Stacey Zines, Curtis Jones and Jackie Sanor.

The next regular boad meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the high school.



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