All members of the North Baltimore Board of Education were present for the April meeting last Tuesday evening. The district is heading into the always-very-busy end of the school year frenzy, with activities, field trips, sporting contests, awards presentations, and more all squeezed into the final month.
District Treasurer Steven Stewart had several items on the agenda last Tuesday including:
$-Approval of 15 year abatement for Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) in the amount of $35,000 per year, with payments to the school district beginning on January 31, 2020. CSP is planning a 20-30 million dollar expansion project which will add 100 new jobs in the community. Superintendent Delaney and Treasurer Stewart both agreed, “They don’t need our approval. It is happening no matter what. This is just a courtesy”
$ The district also received a tax payment from CSX. The original check was “lost in the mail” but was replaced and was larger than expected. “We thought with all the decrease in business out there (at the Inter-modal rail yard), it would be less, but it actually increased by 4.72% over last year to $425,000.” He added, “We expect that amount to start decreasing (since they have restructured their operations)”
$ Mr.Stewart is still trying to figure out the income tax/property tax situation so far this year. He expected the property tax income to increase (new higher tax values on property) and the income tax monies to decrease, but just the opposite happened in nearly identical amounts. I have made several calls to the Auditor’s office, and the Treasurers office.
In Superintendent Ryan Delaney’s Report he said:
# “We have had quite different Spring this year, weather wise.”
# “We’ve noticed the trees we planted are not growing. After six years there has been very little growth”
# “Pay attention to HB410–It’s an attendance issue”
# “There is a new propane bus coming in June or July. We can easily refuel because of propane being available at Prism Propane.” It should be usable transportation for 12-15 years. “Sandy Stewart has been writing grants for additional propane bus money that is out there and available. We may get more funding” Mr. Delaney concluded.
Dr. Falkenstein NBHS/MS Report
State AIR Testing started. ODE’s testing site was not working last Tuesday in the entire state! We had to go with our Friday back-up plan.
Spring sports are in full swing. We will publish tournament dates once known.
April 12 was the annual Wood County ESC Recognition Banquet at Penta Career Center. Noah Cotterman selected Mrs. Lauer. Val Buchanan selected Miss Meyerson. It was a very nice evening!
Matt Davis, Joe Bear and Tessa Shifflet were honored last Wednesday night at Penta for making the honor roll the first 3 quarters of their senior year. That was also a fun night!
Friday, May 4: Safety Awareness Assembly for high school students takes place in the morning. We will be hosting the Wood County juvenile prosecutor and having a MOCK TRIAL to promote good choices during prom weekend.
- May 5 from 6:00-11:00 pm: Prom in Wayne, OH
- May 9 at 7:00: Academic Honors Night. Thank you North Baltimore American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary for financial support of the entire program!
- May 11: 6th graders come to our MS for a visit
- May 11 at 1:45: Senior Awards Ceremony
- May 11: Penta seniors last day
- May 14-16: Penta Senior Recognition Ceremonies. We will have NB administrative representation at all 6 ceremonies.
- May 14 at 7:00: Spring choir concert
- May 16 at 7:00: Spring band concert
- May 18: Senior exams
- May 20 at 3:00: Fine Arts Awards
- May 20 at 7:00: Baccalaureate Service at our school
- May 21: Seniors Last Day for Rehearsal and Picnic
- May 22 at 8:30: Senior walk at Powell Elementary
- May 22: Penta Last Day
- May 24-25: NB Exams for non-seniors
- May 25: NB Last Day for non-seniors
- May 27 at 2:00: Commencement
- May 29: Teacher’s last day
- May 30: Senior Trip TBD
TBA: Middle School Dance with 6th graders invited to attend
Powell Principal Mr. Mark Lange
Our 1st grade students had a great time on their field trip to Imagination Station in Toledo back on March 22nd. Our students represented NB well with great behavior and excellent manners while there. Thanks goes out to the first grade teachers for planning the experience for our students.
Spring Picture Day was the morning of March 23rd, and we had KISS Day in the afternoon. The building was full of beautiful artwork that was made in Ms. Miklovic’s art classes this year. This was another example of an outstanding Powell community event! Thanks to all of the teachers and staff that made it a great success!
Students from the Jr./Sr. high school came to Powell on April 9th for a band and choir performance. Thanks to Mr. Pack and Ms. Meyerson for sharing their students with us for the afternoon. It was enjoyed by all. Following the show, fourth grade students met with Mr. Pack to talk about and be fitted for instruments in preparation for 5th grade band next school year.
On April 18th, we had a magic show coordinated by Officer Slane and made possible by the DARE program. The themes embedded within the magic show included making good choices, bully prevention, stranger danger, personal and civic pride, responsibility, and accountability. The show was a big hit with students!
We have a winner!! Emma Arnold is the county-wide winner of the Wood County Solid Waste District’s billboard competition. Emma’s artwork was selected as the top prize winner in the county and her work will be featured on a billboard located on Route 25 on your way into Bowling Green. Congratulations Emma, and thanks to all of the students who submitted an entry. This is a proof we have top-rate students at Powell!
We are approximately half way through the statewide assessments. Ours will wrap up May 8th. Congratulations to the high school students for crashing the system Wednesday. J We were not affected.
The elementary schedule needs a final review before it is completely finished in preparation for the 2018/2019 school year. Teachers received the green light to begin ordering school supplies and materials for their classrooms today.
Interim reports go home on Friday! This means we are 7/8th of the way to our goal!
Muffins with Moms is scheduled for Friday, May 11th from 7:00 – 7:45 am and field day is Monday, May 14th.
Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th will be taking filed trips in May. Destinations include Imagination Station, Carter Farm, Country Lane Tree Farm, W. W. Knight Nature Preserve, and Sauder Farm & Craft Village.
Sixth grade promotion and DARE graduation will be held Thursday, May 24th. All are invited to help celebrate this major milestone in our students’ lives.
Den of 10….New concept for Powell, exciting possibilities. Watch for more on this.
ALSO at the April meeting:
* The Board approved several classified and certified contracts and also non-renewed most supplemental contracts.
* Approved the list of 48 Seniors eligible to graduate with the Class of 2018 (100%)
* Approved a service being provided at no charge from Casey Farms to farm 18 acres owned by the school district, and to donate the harvested crop for the 2018 growing season. Board member Jeremy sSharninghouse asked’ “They (the Caseys) don’t get anything out of that?” (Answer:No) “That is very awesome!” he stated.
*Accepted a bid from Cardinal Bus Sales to purchase a 78 passenger propane school bus for $87,689.
* Approved an agreement with Panda Technologies for Website design and Web support for the 2018-2019 school year at a cost of $2500.
*Accepted a donation of $17,000 from the NBHS Alumni Association to be used for the NB Alumni Association Scholarship fund.
* Accepted a donation of $1500 from American Legion Post #539 and the Ladies Auxiliary to fund the NBHS Academic Honors Program for the 2017-2018 year.
The meeting adjourned so the Board could go to executive session.