On the record: LaBrae

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Monday

PRESENT: Russell Sewell, Virginia Blaney, Diane Duncan, Tim Gibson and Gary Morton

The board:

• Heard from Superintendent Anthony Calderone that preliminary data on the state report card for the district to be released in September indicates the district received an “A” in gap closing at the high school, “C'” in kindergarten to third-grade literacy and did well on performance index and progress overall. He said the district is above the state average in most categories, but the report cards are a “mixed bag” for all districts;

• Approved a three-year contract through July 2022 for Intermediate School Principal Milajean Harkabus whose salary is $91,908;

• Accepted the resignation of Bascom School first-grade teacher Jenna May, whose is leaving for Marion. Courtney Christy has transferred to the first-grade opening;

• Approved staff for the three-week Bounce into Bascom kindergarten readiness program to be held this summer paid through a charitable donation. Officials said they also will seek grant funding for costs;

• Approved Kathleen Torbe as a home instructor at $20 per hour to work with an elementary student who has battled leukemia and needs additional instruction hours;

• Authorized requesting the Ohio Department of Education to participate in the summer food service program offered by the Child Nutrition Division of the ODE;

• Reported the Viking Pantry at Bascom is open 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Friday to help needy families get food. Second Harvest Food Bank holds a mobile food bank the second Tuesday of each month;

• Approved transfer of $18,230 from the general fund to the cafeteria fund to retire bad debt;

• Heard from Calderone the district is waiting for House Bill 166, which is in the state senate because the district may not get a projected $700,000 over two years for educational programming and wrap-around services such as student wellness program. He said nothing is official yet in terms of funding;

• Scheduled special meeting 8:30 a.m. June 26 on the fiscal year-end transactions.

— Bob Coupland

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