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United BOE approves fiscal forecast

HANOVERTON — The United school board Wednesday night approved a five-year financial forecast that projects a positive cash balance through the first four years.

Presented by school Treasurer Melissa Baker, the forecast remains in the positive until the final year when it dips to a $1.48 million deficit. The forecast also shows deficit spending each year, starting at $409,465 and growing to nearly $2.2 million.

In other business, the board approved the use of Centennial Park in Salem for all United home tennis matches, an agreement previously approved by the Salem Parks Commission under the condition that the tennis team maintains and repairs the court. 

Under personnel, the board hired Amanda Wilson as short hour cook, accepted the supplemental coaching resignation of Mike Demster for varsity bowling, hired Mary Alice Sigler as interim volleyball coach to complete the 2019 volleyball season and approved Sarah Mangun-Thompson and Stefany Stone as community volunteers.

The board also granted supplemental coaching contracts to Stacey Zines for junior high academic challenge, Ryan Powell for ninth-grade boys basketball, Jason Thompson for seventh-grade boys basketball and Gary Herold for varsity bowling; and approved as volunteer coaches Terry Leek for assistant girls basketball and Mike Ward for assistant boys basketball.

Also at the meeting, the board accepted a donation of $1,000 from the Hicks & Hayseeds 4-H Club to provide literacy education for around 100 junior high students through the Real Money Real World program provided by the Columbiana County Extension Office. The program will be 12 sessions (six per class) in October 2019 and 12 (six per class) in May 2020. 

The board also accepted donations of $20 from Betty Whiteleather to the cross country program, $50 from Scullion Vision to PBIS, $875 anonymously to the football program, a team tent anonymously to the cross country team, $153 anonymously to the elementary Back Pack program, $135 from Hanoverton Presbyterian Church in memory of Diane Strudthoff to the Back Pack program, $50 from Jay and Jennifer Lugibihl to the Back Pack program and $154 collected from ticket sales to the Back to School dunk tank.

Additionally, Schools Superintendent Lance Hostetler reported the district has 218 students open enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year and 87 students open enrolled in other districts. The majority of students coming in are from Salem (80), Southern Local (39) and West Branch (28), while the majority leaving are going to Salem (21) and West Branch (23).

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