Open enrollment up at Madison-Plains

By Dean Shipley -

More students are choosing Madison-Plains Local Schools for their education.

Superintendent Tim Dettwiller said during Tuesday’s board of education meeting that 85 students have open enrolled to the district.

“We had to turn two away who wanted to open enroll,” Dettwiller said.

In other business, Dettwiller told the board a new traffic plan has been put in place at the elementary and intermediate schools with the opening of school.

The Excellence Drive — as the road has been named — has been seal coated. Areas on the south end toward the ball diamonds have been paved and striped.

“No traffic can get where kids are walking,” Dettwiller said. “The primary goal is safety.”

One portion of the traffic situation which is out of the district’s control is the back-up which occurs on State Route 38, he said.

Dettwiller also reported the running track has been repaired and deemed usable for track meets. Water seepage beneath the surface caused the damage, along with use concentrated in specific parts of the track.

To remedy the issue, places on the track have been marked for practice, which differ from the places were meet events will start.

It was also suggested that those people who use the track for fitness move to the outer lanes rather than use the inside lane.

Dettwiller said other facility work is ongoing. Among them include: replacement of breakers on football field lighting to ensure there’s full lighting on game nights; the HVAC system installation in the intermediate school continues and should be completed in September; a replacement van was purchased at a savings of $8,000.

Also on Monday:

• It was reported nearly $5,600 has been donated to the Raise the Flag campaign, which is being funded entirely by donations. The board encouraged the administration continue the drive at this point. The goal is $10,000.

• Treasurer Todd Mustain said the district is continuing in its deficit-spending mode. He said some positive adjustments to expenditures will be made.

• Parent Alice Baker suggested to the board the district needs “a parent-student advocate,” someone who knows the procedures of the district. As a parent she said there’s no one in the district to go to for questions.

“It would help tremendously,” Baker said.

She also questioned the “weight” of a student’s final exam, which is 50 percent of the grade. “It should be looked at,” she said.

Baker also suggested allowing students into school earlier than 7:35 a.m. She suggested 7:20 or 7:15 a.m.

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

By Dean Shipley