The Loudonville-Perrysville Board of Education approved placement of a POW-MIA chair at the base of the flagpole at Redbird Stadium at its meeting Monday.
The chair, which will be purchased and donated to the school board by Loudon Squadron 257, Sons of the American Legion, was developed as a symbol of remembrance for prisoners of war and military personnel missing in action by Hussey Seating of Massachusetts and Rolling Thunder Inc., to honor the 82,500 service members who remain unaccounted for since World War I, according to Bill Sutterlin, who made the presentation for the SAL.
The chair, Sutterlin explained, "is never to be sat in, but rather to be left open for the return of POWs and MIAs." Sutterlin was directed to work with district building and grounds' Shane McCaskey on installation of the chair, which will be mounted on a concrete platform and protected by a fence and, in bad weather, a cover.
Superintendent John Miller recognized five staff who are retiring, including himself, who has served as superintendent for the past 18 years with a total of 36 years spent in education. The four other retirees are Cheryl Fortune, 31 years in education, the last 30 teaching at the McMullen School; Marianne Bilek, intervention specialist at McMullen; and Amy Spreng and Kathy Stitzlein, both longtime aides in the district.
While the agenda was routine, the board covered a lot of business in the hourlong session.
Christine Butts was elevated to the position of curriculum, instruction and assessment director in the district from her post as pupil personnel director. Her new post was held by district superintendent designate Catherine Puster.
Resigning was Taylor Haught, an intervention specialist at the high school. New teachers hired included Jordan Butler and Allison Hochstetler, both intervention specialists at McMullen School; Katy Baumgartner, seventh-grade math teacher; Keith Lemke, high school social studies; David Vaughan, high school art; and Summer Lamp, Budd School fourth-grade classroom teacher.
Butts also was hired as a member of the Loudonville-Perrysville Development Committee; Lemke as freshman football coach; Lamp as freshman volleyball coach; Vaughan as yearbook adviser; Aimee Ross as volunteer drill team adviser; Chris Bowman, superintendent's secretary, to the L-P Development Committee; Rex Conway, assistant high school girls basketball coach; Heather Wade, assistant football cheerleading adviser; Kim Burkhalter, junior high football cheerleading adviser; and Tiffany McDonald, eighth-grade volleyball coach.
Hired as summer student workers in the custodial department were Emily Weber and Jayson Mitchell.
The board accepted grants totaling $46,500, plus an undetermined amount, from the Hugo and Mabel Young Foundation of Loudonville.
Largest was for $23,500 to purchase six ActivPanels ("like huge I-Pad touch screens," Miller explained) for both junior high and high school STEM classes; $20,000 for two outstanding citizen scholarships, $2,500 a year renewable for four years; $3,000 for an artist in residence program at McMullen School; and $400 per student to cover student assistance fees for Loudonville High School students attending the International Baccalaureate Academy at Wooster High School.
It also accepted the donation of a new baseball scoreboard from Farmers and Savings Bank; and six grants, totaling $2,783 from the L-P Academic Boosters. Board member Roy Templeman, who serves as president of the Boosters, noted that the group had its best membership year ever and was able, for that reason, to provide a record dollar amount of grants to the district this year.
Templeman was appointed delegate and John Carroll alternate for the district to the Ohio School Boards Association Business Meeting in Columbus from Nov. 12 to 14.
The board also approved temporary appropriations totaling $17,997,200, $13 million of which is in the general fund and the remaining $4,997,200 in other special funds, largest of which is the self-insurance fund, which totals $2,250,000.
It also approved carrying liability insurance through the Schools of Ohio Risk Sharing Authority, at a cost of $57,402 for $15 million in liability coverage. This represents a decrease of $641 from last year's premium.
The board voted against leasing copy machines, asking for more information of the option of buying them.