BYESVILLE, Ohio -- As is typical this time of the year, Thursday night's Rolling Hills School Board meeting was filled with items preparing for the new school year, while putting the finishing touches on the current.
The regular May board of education meeting agenda contained a lengthy list of personnel items, including certified and classified contracts. The board approved the renewal of numerous teaching contracts for the 2014-15 school year for all buildings.
Also approved were new teacher contracts, including: Emily Simmons, a 3rd grade math teacher at Brook Elementary, and Jenna Orr, Title I also at Brook Elementary.
In other personnel matters, the board approved the resignation of Jared Cullen (MHS math teacher) and Diane Pressdee, assistant track coach.
The board also approved a reduction in force of one custodian at Brook Intermediate School. Superintendent Ryan Caldwell was quick to point out that while this move is a RIF, the position was vacated due to retirement, and will not be filled.
And, following a lengthy executive session, the board tabled the question of extending the current contract of Treasurer Kandi Fuller until the entire board is present. Two members of the board were absent from Thursday night's meeting.
During the financial report, the board approved the district's Five Year Forecast. The financial document is a prediction of the district's finances for FY 2014-2018. According to documents, the district predicts a positive fund balance through Fiscal Year 2016, with the district forecasting to fall into deficit spending by FY 2017. Negative numbers begin to show on the forecast as early as FY15, in the area of expenditures beginning to exceed revenues.
Superintendent Caldwell points out that the most accurate figures are, at best, "one or two years out". With each year of the forecast, the figures typically become more inaccurate as they depend upon numerous variables, such as state and federal revenue sources.
Lunch will be slightly more expensive during the new school year, as the board approved an increase in lunch prices of 25 cents for all grades.
The board also approved the list of graduating seniors for the Meadowbrook High School Class of 2014.
The principals of each building in the district reported to the board this evening. For the most, all required testing is completed or wrapping up. There have been numerous end-of-the-year programs and activities taking place at each building, as the school year comes to a close.
Superintendent Ryan Caldwell thanked the district's staff for their hard work this year, and also thanked the community for their support, making the 2013-14 school year a success.