BYESVILLE, Ohio -- Rolling Hills officials say the district is in the running for $30 million federal grant.
The Rolling Hills School District will have to wait until December to find out if they will claim a portion of one, possibly two, major federal grants. During Thursday night's school Board meeting, Superintendent Ryan Caldwell reported that the district has made the first cut in a federal grant known as Race to the Top. Rolling Hills is a part of a consortium school districts, that are competing with other districts for the $30 million grant. In addition, another consortium which the Rolling Hills district is a part of, has advanced to the second round of the $15 million, "Straight A" grant. The East Guernsey Local School District is also a part of the "Straight A" consortium.
If one or both grants are awarded to the group, Rolling Hills will be in line to receive a portion of the grant, which is earmarked for furthering the district's advanced enrollment program
In other matters, the Board accepted the donation of playground equipment, totaling around $18,000, for Byesville Elementary from Jerry Leister, President, on behalf of the Guernsey Co. Community Development Corporation. The Board also accepted the gift of two digital cameras and memory cards, totaling $213.74, donated to Secrest Elementary.
The Board also approved the creation of Colt Club basketball and track for the current school year. Officials say the club, like a mirror group in Cambridge, is for special needs students, so that they can experience being a part of a team. Activities will include practices and occasional contests between the two clubs.
The Board Thursday night also approved a lengthy list of personnel items, including substitutes, paraprofessionals, assistant coaches and volunteers. The Board also reluctantly accepted the resignation due to retirement, of Mel Pesuit effective March 15, 2014.
During the audience portion of the meeting, district residents Trent and Trevor Black proposed to the Board a plan to install a new Colt Athletics record Board. The pair over the past two years of research, have developed a plan and raised $8,000 for the project. A Zanesville graphics company has been consulted, and when the proposal is officially approved, the company will install a new sign, which would highlight various individual and team records from over the years. The "wrap" is described like a large "sticker" is 36 feet wide and 8 foot tall, and can expand and be updated easily. The plan calls for it to be installed in the hallway wall, outside of the MHS gym, Initial cost of the project is between $4,500 and $5,000. All Board members gave their unofficial, verbal approval for the plan.
The official vote will come at the Board's next meeting, in December.