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