Board continues search to fill position permanently

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Madison-Plains Local Schools has hired the treasurer of Jefferson Local Schools and London Academy to serve as its interim treasurer.

Jill Smith was approved for the position by the Madison-Plains Board of Education (BOE) Tuesday during its regular meeting.

Former treasurer Tim Dettwiller is now the district’s superintendent.

Board president Kelly Cooley said the board is in the process of reviewing resumes of candidates for the treasurer’s position.

In other business, Smith deferred to Dettwiller for a brief treasurer’s report. He said the district currently has $6.1 million in its general fund. The district’s goal is to have enough in the bank to be able to operate for 185 days, but the current sum will only allow for operation for 147 days, he said.

“We’re still on target,” he added.

Regarding the district’s permanent improvement (PI) fund, it’s balance stands at $779,000. Expenditures funded by the PI fund will include HVAC system, $250,000; fieldhouse improvements, $20,000; other upgrades including furniture, etc., $50,000.

Mathew Unger, high school principal, said in the coming school year one of the targets is for students to hand in completed assignments on time. But, if assignment deadlines are missed, Unger said students will attend two after-school assignment hall periods to complete the work.

Unger said the program’s intention is to be proactive and have the student submit the work on time.

He also said regarding communication between teacher and parents on their children’s assignments, response from parents back to teachers should be “in a timely manner.”

Unger said this school year high school teachers will have the authority to issue after school detention.

Curriculum director Karen Grigsby said teachers attended the district’s summer academy, which offered 19 sessions in seven days.

“It was a la carte and teachers could choose the best sessions for them,” Grigsby said.

She commended the technology and custodial departments which facilitated implementation of the academy.

Transportation manager Samantha Jones said she is at work creating a safer environment for students as they board and exit buses, particularly at large stops in Mount Sterling. She said “more manageable” stops will be created in those areas to eliminate the large stop at the Mount Sterling First Church of the Nazarene, where 53 students board the bus.

The BOE also elected to keep the policy which states students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) to be eligible for extracurricular activities. Earlier, members had rewritten the policy to change the requirement from 2.0 to 1.8, but the issue had been tabled. Once it was removed from the table, the BOE unanimously voted no, thus retaining the 2.0 GPA requirement.

The BOE also approved numerous supplemental contracts, employment, and resignations.

Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1617 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.

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