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Board members schooled on new program

The Benjamin Logan Board of Education received personal tutorials Monday during the regular monthly meeting about how students will continue to study even if school is closed.

The district has implemented the new calamity day plan, as required by House Bill 153, in which teacher lesson plans are posted on the school Web site. In the event of a weather-related school closure, students can access the day’s assignments via Calamity eDays at www.benlogan.k12.oh.us.

Students will have the time equal to or greater than the amount of instructional time the student would receive for three in-class school days. Online makeup calamity days will be counted toward the number of contracted workdays in a school year.

Board members were walked through the process by teachers from each building, demonstrating the ease of use even for younger students and parents.

Treasurer Robert Kuehnle reported another clean audit as the state auditor recently wrapped up the annual review.

Extra duty contracts went to Lora James, high school yearbook adviser, and Jeff Fay, high school Ohio Model United Nations adviser. Non-licensed contracts were awarded to Katelyn Roby, middle basketball cheerleading; Tara Holt, junior varsity basketball cheerleading; and Michael Henman, middle school boys basketball.

In other matters, the board authorized, accepted or approved:

• a $500 stipend to Scott Vermillion as a resident educator program mentor for Allison Reule;

• Nathan Stierhoff as a substitute educational assistant;

• step corrections to a list of extra duty certified and non-licensed personnel because of a salary freeze per the negotiated agreement with BLEA;

• tuition and service contracts with Kenton City Schools for one student, Ridgemont Local Schools for one student, Madison-Champaign County Educational Service Center as needed and the Ohio State University-Lima for field placement of student teachers;

• the eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C., for May 22-25;

• a list of overnight trips for wrestling teams;

• a property use agreement with All American Energy Cooperative through Jan. 1, 2014;

• a contract with Heritage Co-op for 4,000 gallons of propane for the central office;

• disposal of band uniforms, to be sold to the public to raise funds for the music program;

• the donations of $500 from Honda R&D for FIRST Robotics; and

• the volunteer services of Stacy Walterbusch, assistant high school bowling.

The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Dec. 17.

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