LIBERTY CENTER – The local Liberty Center school board held their annual organizational meeting and congratulated fall sports athletes at their regular meeting that followed Monday.
During the organizational meeting, re-elected board members Neal Carter, John Weaver and Andi Zacharias were sworn in. Neal Carter and Andi Zacharias were elected president and vice-president for 2022, respectively.
• fix the date and time of regular council meetings on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m., with the exception of December.
• Establish the District Archives Commission comprised of Peters, Treasurer / CFO Jenell Buenger and Carter.
• Authorizing Buenger to apply to the Henry County Auditor and Fulton County Auditor for an early levy of taxes in the 2022 calendar year if and / or the necessary funds are available.
• the constitution of a school board service fund in the amount of $ 8,000 for the calendar year 2022.
• accredit the law firms of Ennis Britton Co .; Plassman, Rupp, Hagans & Newton; Squire Patton Boggs; and O’Toole, McLaughlin, Dooley & Pecora for legal services for the 2022 calendar year.
• the appointment of Peters as purchasing agent for the district; authorizing it to enter into collective and individual agreements with colleges and universities in Ohio for terms related to College Credit Plus (CCP); authorizing it to accept resignations submitted by employees when the board is not sitting; authorizing it to offer employment to candidates for teaching or non-teaching positions when the council is not in session; and approving him as the district representative on the Henry County Enterprise Zone Tax Incentive Review Board.
• appoint Zacharias as pro tempore treasurer in the absence of the treasurer.
• appoint Peters and / or Buenger as the designated person to attend the training on access to public records required for members of the board of directors for each term.
Following the organizational meeting, the board of directors recognized and congratulated the district’s fall sports athletes, which included the women’s cross country team which finished second in the state, as well as Ohio athletes.
The board was also praised by Peters for his service to the district, with January being designated Board Member Recognition Month by the Ohio School Boards Association.
“It is often said that being a member of a school board is an ungrateful position, but it is a night when we are able to recognize our members and their commitment to our district,” said Peters. “These five are Liberty Center graduates, and they either have kids in school here or they graduated from the district.
“It is because of their leadership that we have been able to accomplish so much in terms of educational opportunities and facilities, and they have been excellent financial stewards for the district,” continued Peters. “I appreciate everything they do and everything they do for the good of our children.”
Peters then shared that he and the other county superintendents had met with Joy Ermie, Henry County Health Commissioner, about updating the COVID policy in the county’s school districts.
“We sat down with Joy at the Henry County Health Department to come up with a more realistic approach to finding contracts in the school setting,” said Peters. “The information will be shared with staff, parents and the community over the next week. “
In other matters, counsel:
• Approved the 2022 mileage rate at 58.5 cents per mile for all non-union employees. All LCCTA and OAPSE members will receive a mileage reimbursement at the current IRS rate of 58.5 cents per mile. The sports mileage rate is set by the LCCTA contract at 32 cents per mile.
• adopted the alternative tax budget package for fiscal year 2023 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023), and submitted it to the Henry County Budget Committee.
• Approved the following substitute teachers for 2021-2022 with a one-year temporary license without a bachelor’s degree: MacKenzie Armey, Kelsey Crowe, Rene Hadding, Mallorie Hannon and Erica Musshel.
• I have accepted an affiliation with Bowling Green State University to provide a field experience for students enrolled in the College of Health and Human Services.
• voted for the list of NwOESC substitute teachers and paraprofessionals for 2021-2022.
• accepted the following donations: 3,000 gloves and 2,000 disposable face masks from the State of Ohio; $ 1,000 for an on-track timing system, $ 306.80 for state cross country team meals, $ 1,279.64 for athlete badges and letters and $ 200 for fundraising Spring Fund from the Spanish Club, Liberty Center Athletic Boosters.