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December 2007

The Botkins Board of Education met in regular session on December 12, 2007.

The Board took the following actions:

*           Hearing and recognition of the public:

                        Bryan Trego presented a plaque of appreciation from the BFT to Don Gerstner for 8 years of service.

                        The Board of Education also recognized Don Gerstner for 8 years of dedicated service to the Board.

                        Mrs. Scully and 5 students prepared a presentation for the Board.  They showcased the smartboard.

*           Approved minutes of the November 2007 Board meeting.

*           Reviewed the financial report.

*           Reviewed the 5-year forecast - it is accurate - We are expending more than we are taking in.

*           Revised the certificate of estimated resources.

*           Heard committee reports:

                        Buildings - OSFC will be meeting with Fanning & Howey concerning

                                                our building project.

*           Accepted $1200 from the Boosters to make repairs on the baseball diamond.

*           Accepted $26,606.28 as an anonymous donation to establish the Dave Mielke Scholarship Fund.

*           Set the January Board meeting, the Reorganizational meeting and the regular Board meeting for January 9, 2008, at 6:45 PM and 7:00 PM respectively.

*           Approved the Bullying and aggressive behavior policy based on input from parents, staff, board, volunteers, community members, and administrators.

*           Accepted the resignation of Craig Bowsher due to retirement effective May 28, 2008.

*           Entered executive session to discuss personnel.

*           Heard updates on the following:

                        #          Reviewed possible calendars for the 2008-09 school year.

                        #          Reviewed total consumable costs for the 2007-08 school year.

                                     Average cost per student is over $100.

                        #          Learned that 94% of our 3rd graders passed the Reading Achievement


                        #          Staff Christmas Party is December 19 from 2:45 - 5:00.

                        #          9 members of the staff participated in Tuition Reimbursement at a

                                     cost of $7061.

                        #          Beth Armstrong is requesting additional unpaid leave for the birth of

                                      her child.

                        #          We received $2419.25 from the Chamber Grants - 4 teachers.

                        #          Reviewed the Virtual Learning Academy proposal.


Connie Schneider

Botkins Local School