At the Jonathan Alder Board of Education meeting Monday night the Music and Athletic Boosters informed the board of their growth over the last several months.

“We have them present during the meetings and highlight what they’ve done over the school year,” said Gary Chapman, Alder superintendent. “We have high-performing booster groups and they do wonderful things for our district.”

Athletic Booster members, who had previously presented the board with fundraising ideas for an artificial turf athletic field at the high school, reported that they currently have commitments of $272,889 of the $550,000 needed from 12 companies and open contributions to complete the field. With their annual Booster Bash, which took place in March, they raised $24,982, allocating $20,742 to team accounts and $4,240 to general funds.

The Music Boosters also reported growth in its music program, from fifth through 12th grades. In the 2014-15 school year, the Alder music program had 427 total students and by 2017-18, they have 626. The program is expected to grow to 671 by 2018-19.

There were also a number of commendations at the meeting. Board members recognized a number of seniors including Oscar Ose and Peyton Mast for being named National Merit Semifinalist and Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program, respectively.

Seniors Kayla Iwamoto, recognized for receiving the Honda-Ohio State STEM Award, and Evan Keiffer, recognized for designing a graphic for the reading workshop pillars for the district’s ELA teachers, were also commended.

October is also National Bullying Prevention Month which Chapman said the school will be recognizing. “We’re reviewing our policies on bullying and have extended training sessions on how to deal with bullying,” Chapman said. “On Nov. 7, Jim Bisenius of Bully Proofing Youth will be visiting the district.” Bisenius is the founder of the program which is dedicated to educating schools about bullying.

In other business Monday, school board members:

• Reviewed a number of NEOLA (North East Ohio Learning Associates) policies.

• Renewed a lease with YMCA of Union County Latchkey.

• Approved High School student trip to the EF Global Leaders Summit in July of 2019.

• Reviewed service agreement between the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Jonathan Alder Board of Education.

• Reviewed bids for school bus chassis and bodies.

• Reviewed memorandum of understanding between Andalusia City Schools, Alabama and Jonathan Alder for use of the Alder “A.”

In 2015, the Alder school district designed a new “A” after being served a Cease and Desist letter from the Collegiate Licensing Company on behalf of the University of Arizona. The Alabama school district then reached out to Alder about using their new design and Alder agreed to share it.

The next meeting with be Monday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at Jonathan Alder High School.

By Michael Williamson

Reach Michael Williamson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619.