OLD WASHINGTON, Ohio -- The East Guernsey Local Schools, Board of Education welcomed a new member during Monday night's meeting.
Following last month's resignation of Jason Emch, the Board Monday night unanimously approved appointing Denny Patterson to fill the vacant seat. Patterson is very active in many aspects of the district, including most recently, serving as chairman of the school levy campaign. He will serve Emch's unexpired two year term. Emch, who was Board president at the time, resigned in October, as he and his family were moving from the area. The Board also Monday night, appointed Vice President Dave Carter to the Board President's position, and Board member Dennis Doutt will serve as Vice President.
It was also a night of recognition and honors during Monday night's meeting. Three more retiring district staff members were honored this evening. Recieving plaques were Teresa Neuhart, Barb Birney and Susan Kuklica. The Board thanked them for their years of service and dedication to the community, the students and district. In addition: Dr Kirk Hamilton, Executive Director of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, honored East Guernsey's Superintendent Richard Hall. Hall was presented with the organization's Exemplarily Educational Leadership Award. Dr Hamilton pointed out that Hall is not only a mentor and leader locally, but on the state level as well.
It was reported that the district recently purchased 60 new Dell computers for the teaching staff. The technology upgrades were purchased through Permanent Improvement Funds, and will replace aging, outdated units. The old computers will be refurbished and utilized for other uses where possible.
The upgrade in computer technology is critical, as districts across the state will be moving to on-line testing next year. However, during a period of discussion , Board members point out that there are still a number of questions concerning that testing process. These questions have yet to be answered by the state.
During the financial report, the Board approved a resolution regarding the Activity Complex bond. According to Treasurer Teresa Emmerling, the district can save around $24,000 by taking advantage of a rate change from 5% to 3%. Also, the Board approved the pay scale increase for Non-Certified substitute pay, including cooks, custodians, aids and administrative assistants, to $8.10 per hour.
The next school Board meeting is set for December 12, 2013 at 6pm at the district's Central Office.