District puts levy dollars to use

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No more blistering hot classrooms on scorching August days for Madison-Plains Local Schools’ intermediate-level students.

By the time the 2014-2015 school year begins, new HVAC units should be installed in the intermediate building. The Board of Education approved the spending for the units at its regular meeting, held Tuesday evening.

The board accepted the bid of $67,653.59 from R.E. Michael Company to supply the necessary HVAC units, as well as approved the bid of $76,189 from HiTech Electrical Contractors LLC to perform the electrical upgrade and electricity to the units.

Treasurer Tim Dettwiller said the board is putting to good use the permanent improvement dollars which were approved by voters during the May election.

The total cost of the project is $224,273, with the HVAC units comprising the larger two amounts to be spent. Other items, including design/engineering fees, a panel upgrade, permits, an Ohio Edison transformer and other items comprise the balance.

In other business, Trish Passwaters, director of student services, presented an overview of the varied responsibilities, from students with disabilities, including section 504, to gifted students, which fall under her direction.

Tammi Pitstick, Power of the Pen advisor and intermediate English instructor, gave a report on the Power of the Pen activity during the recently completed school year.

The BOE also:

• Accepted donations of $5,500 from Keihin Thermal Technologies and $2,000 from the scholastic boosters.

• Approved numerous athletic and academic supplemental contracts for the 2014-2015 school year.

• Approved Meredith Smith and Kimberly Perkins as teachers; David Emmons as a summer tutor.

• Accepted resignations of Stormy Hiram, Correen Schall and Kierstan Isaacs.

Don Swonger, reporting on Tolles Career & Technical Center, asked board members to mark their calendars for Oct. 6-10, the 40-year anniversary celebration of Tolles. It began as Central Ohio Joint Vocational District. Swonger recalled when the school first opened, “it came to a Madison-Plains banquet first.”

He exhorted the audience, which included school administrators, to urge students “to excel.”

“If you don’t have a skill valuable to industry, you won’t work,” Swonger said. “People out there are getting the training.”

Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 17 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley

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