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Ben Logan board reports high marks

Superintendent Lori Lytle shared first word on the district’s results on the state report card with the Benjamin Logan Board of Education during its regular meeting Monday, in which the district met 24 of 24 indicators.

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“What it means is our kids achieve at a very high level,” she paraphrased for the board.

She also praised the staff for meeting an ever-heightening bar and continued efforts to continue progress.

Last year, she said, administrators and staff were elated at meeting 26 of the 26 indicators, but were overwhelmed emotionally by meeting the challenge again.

“We just are incredibly proud of (our staff and students).”

The board accepted a bid of $68,197 from Stevenson Utilities Construction for the installation of natural gas piping.

Work on the project is expected to begin in the next couple weeks.

The board also approved a four-year lease agreement with the Perry Corporation for district copiers, at a cost of $55,311.60 per year. The total reflects the number of copies made at about $.01 for black and white copies and $.04 per color copy.

As mandated by Ohio Revised Code, the board approved the district plan for alternative make-up of calamity days.

The plan will allow students to access and complete classroom lessons in order to complete up to three days of instruction in excess of the number of days permitted. Students will have two weeks to complete the assignments or risk an incomplete grade. Accommodations will be made for students without Internet access, with the same time to complete work.

Addressing personnel matters, the board employed Lewis Cunningham and Ronald Perry as bus drivers under one-year contracts, and Kristen Ahle as an administrative assistant and transportation administrative assistant for 15 hours per week for each position and a maximum of 30 hours per week for both.

Changes of assignment were approved for Nikki King from lead high school secretary to assistant high school secretary — 210 days, and Jenny Watson from assistant high school secretary to lead secretary — 224 days.

Nicholas Baumer was approved for 30 days extended service, and Trisha Hemmelgarn, Alex Melton, Jill McKelvey and Melissa Widman were approved for $100 stipends for AP Summer Institute participation.

Extra-duty assignments were extended to Amanda Davis, freshman volleyball; Kevin Butler, high school boys track; James Fawcett, head baseball; John Stahl, head softball; and Chelsey Dixon, middle school volleyball, with President Bill Ramsey abstaining from the vote for personal reasons.

Non-licensed individuals approved for coaching contracts included Dan Craig, high school intramural; Phillip Blake, assistant boys soccer; and Michael Coder, high school girls track.

Athletic all-season/all-sport season pass prices were set at $50 for students, $100 for adults and $300 for a family pass.

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

• the disposal of unused athletic uniforms and equipment by donation to the Athletic Boosters;

• the resignation of Logan County Education Foundation Trustee Pat Roby and the appointment of Emily Henry to that post;

• an affiliation agreement with Clark State Community College for practical nursing placement training;

• membership in the Ohio Department of Administrative Services Cooperative Purchasing Program for $100;

• substitute teacher pay set at $85 per day, $90 per day over 30 consecutive days;

• field trip bus services for Ohio Hi-Point Career Center;

• a memorandum of understanding with the Ben Logan Education Association concerning the calamity days plan;

• membership in the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding, at a cost of $896.50, with Dr. Jason Robson voting against; and

• the volunteer assistant golf coaching services of Chris Conley.

No action was taken following an executive session to deliver evaluations for the superintendent and treasurer.

The next regular meeting is at 7 p.m. Aug. 19.

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