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Another building block checked

HANOVERTON–The United school board this week approved another step toward a possible building project at the K-12 campus.

The board approved a notice of recommendation for conditional approval renewal for a LAPSED school district and a resolution accepting the establishment of the new scope, estimated basic project cost and local share for the classroom facilities assistance program.

Schools Superintendent Lance Hostetler said as a lapsed school district, the United school board must pass a resolution to enter an application for Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) funding. The OFCC will vote in October on the application, and if chosen, the board will have 13 months to secure its portion of the funding and lock in the other portion of OFCC funding to move ahead with a possible building project, he explained.

This past summer, the board hired SHP Architects for pre-professional design services for a possible renovation or new construction project at the K-12 campus. The board also approved a resolution rescinding a request for the Ohio School Facility Commission (OSFC) to establish a new scope, estimated basic project cost and local shared in the classroom facilities assistance program (LAPSED) for last year, then approved another resolution to request the OSFC to do the same for this year.

The board has been staying in touch with the OSFC since making multiple attempts several years ago to rebuild and renovate portions of the school campus. Voters rejected those attempts and the board has since been tackling renovations in pieces as money allows.

In other business, the board approved Mollie Phillis of Salem as athletic trainer. She will be available for all home boys soccer, girls soccer, junior high football, junior varsity football games, as well as all home and away varsity football games at an hourly rate of $20 plus a $500 insurance policy. She will also be available from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays when there are no games, during which time she monitor any athletes that need taped or rehabilitate injuries.

Phillis will train approximately 220 hours this fall for a total cost of $4,900 including the $500 insurance policy.

The board also accepted the supplemental resignation of Donald Conser as varsity volleyball coach effective Sept. 16; approved Terry Leek as a varsity girls basketball volunteer; and granted supplemental contracts for the 2019-2020 school year to Jacob Kilroy for assistant wrestling, Justin Mitchell for junior high wrestling, Brandon Ellyson for assistant varsity boys basketball, Cody Dickens for eighth-grade boys basketball, Corey Leek for assistant girls basketball, Todd Sarchet for eighth-grade girls basketball, Luke Williams for seventh-grade girls basketball and Ryan Burd for ninth-grade girls basketball.

Additionally, the board hired Vinton Milbank of Hanoverton as a bus driver and Kimberly Barth as intervention tutor for the Louis Tobin Attention Center, and approved as Saturday School monitors Shannon Clunen, Samantha Muniz, Noleen Moore, Corey Hill, Mike Ward, Deb Grimm and Mary Alice Sigler.

The board also accepted the anonymous donation of $875 for the rental of a chartered bus and granted permission for the varsity football team to travel to Crestwood Local on Sept. 20; and accepted donations of the book “Hey, Kiddo; How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father and Death with Family Addiction” by Jarrett J. Krosoczka from Kathy Matthews to be used as resource through the guidance counselor’s office, $425 from Adele’s Place for a scholarship to be awarded in 2020, $2,342.04 from the parents of Class 2020 to the Senior Class, $1,000 for the backpack program in Diane Strudthoff’s memory from Terry E. Williams of Louisville, Ky., and $400 from Donor’s Choose which Kelly DeVille is using to purchase green screen technology for students to use in the MakeSpace Lab.

The board also granted approval for the high school band to travel to Florida March 29 to April 3, 2021.

khowell@salemnews.net

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