November 2012

The Botkins Board of Education met in regular session on November 14, 2012, and took the following actions:

· Heard a presentation by the Sidney YMCA to request use of our facilities in order to operate a summer day camp for childcare for 9 weeks. Executive director of the DayCare program is Maureen Woodson. Anna, Jackson Center, and Botkins children would be served.

· Michaela Kramer and Rachelle Maurer with the FFA discussed their trip to the FFA National Convention. First part of their trip was touring agricultural facilities. Attended FFA convention – watched 4 graduates earn the American Farmer Degree.

· FCCLA – Lindsey Schneider and Katie Skinner were present to discuss Fall Leadership Conference. 5 members attended. Students listened to motivational speakers and participated in many workshops.

· Approved the minutes of the Oct. 10, 2012, Board of Education regular meeting.

· Approved the Financial Report by Fund.

· Reviewed and approved the Investment Report

· Reviewed and approved the Payroll, Expenses, Receipts, and GF Balances for FY 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, and cash balance report.

· Heard Committee Reports

· Adopted a resolution of commendation for Chloe Flora and the boys’ cross country team as Regional Qualifiers.

· Approved updates to Board Policy as presented.

· Approved the FCCLA Cluster Meeting to Indianapolis, Indiana, from Nov. 16 – 17.

· Hired the following personnel:

o Philip Snider - sub-janitor @ $9.00 per hour

o Kerry Prenger - substitute teacher

o Student athletic workers – Preston Running Hawk, Josh Aldrich, Holly Landreth, Karyn Courtney, Carly Harshbarger, Kaylee Bailey, Taylor VanGundy, Xavier Pax, Drake woodruff, Michaela Lawrence, Kaitlyn Barhorst, and Ross Kohler

· Passed a resolution to stop collecting the ½ mill classroom facilities maintenance levy. This will become effective the next tax collection. This was set to expire 2016. We will begin collecting the new ½ mill classroom facilities.

· Approved paying parents in lieu of our district transporting students to and from Sidney Christian Academy.

· Renewed membership in the Shelby Co. Chamber of Commerce for the 2013 year at a cost of $104.50.

· Received a donation of $50 from Fish for the Serr family scholarship.

· Set a working board meeting on Nov. 26 and Nov. 27 at 6:30 PM in the Media Center.


· Board members reviewed the status of the dugouts on Cole Field – we will be tearing them down. We will be reviewing the repair of the bleachers in the JH gym.

· RttT update - This month started off with Karen Smith from Auglaize County and SST 6 coming in and working with our Reading and Math teachers 4th – 8th grades to look at and better understand our Value Added scores. We met a year’s growth but we have areas we can improve on as our goal is to exceed a year’s growth. Later this month Heather Wuebker from the SCESC will be coming in to work with staff on Student Learning Objectives. These SLOs are an integral part of the new OTES student growth piece. We are continuing to look at our current status on all of the changes that are coming down the pipe from the state and RttT. We also have a stock-take meeting coming up to look at how the RttT personnel can better serve us. Lastly we also conducted our monthly Transformation Team meeting where our RttT regional coordinator and both of the regional FIP specialists joined us.

· Heard an update on the Building Project - annexation of the land has been completed. Trailer park will be cleaned up within the next week. Hageman land will be finalized – by Dec. 21 (projected). We interviewed vendors for controls – (IES, ASA, Trend) will be placed on the bid specs.

Playground committee has met – elementary is going to be selecting pieces of equipment and interested parties are completing a survey for playground.

· Reviewed the 3rd grade guarantee. All students in K-3 were tested by Sept. 30. Those at-risk students have been placed on a monitoring plan and will be provided intervention. Parents have been notified of types of interventions offered.


Connie Schneider, Supt.

Botkins Local School