The Board of Education meeting for April was called to order by President Tami Thomas at 6:05pm Tuesday night. Mrs. Bushey, Mr. Archer, and Mr. Bretz were present. Mrs. Cotterman was absent.
It was mostly business as usual at the meeting. Two people, both of whom are school employees, asked to have permission to address the Board.
First up was Band Director Ben Pack, who had student Seth Thompson at the meeting also. They talked about the band’s Spring Break Trip to Disney World, and shared some comments about the experience and showed a video of the North Baltimore High School Marching Band leading the parade in front of approximately 10,000 visitors. Mr. Pack thanked the Board for their support.
The second person granted permission to address the Board was Second Grade teacher Misty Schinsky, who is President of the North Baltimore Education Association. She read a prepared statement sharing that the union has unanimously voted to accept the contract offered by the Board and thanked them for negotiating fairly with the staff, “without needing a mediator” There were also about a dozen other teachers/staff members in attendance.
The Board approved an agreement with the North Baltimore Education Association for the Certified and Classified Union operations as presented, by a vote of 4-0.
During the Superintendents Comments, Mr. Delaney mentioned:
*All Testing is done. There was much less testing done this year compared to last year.
*Work on the Sports Fields at the School should resume soon—weather permitting
*The Junior High Girls Track Team won first place last week at the Northwood Invitational, “That’s a Big Deal,”he said.
*”Thanks to Misty and the negotiation team. Thanks for showing up tonight”
Dr. Falkenstein’s report and Mrs. Van Mooy’s report are posted as separate articles here on theNBXpress.
Other items of interest:
*Board accepted resignation for retirement from Shirlee Swartz, transportation aide.
*Approved the list of 2016 seniors eligible to graduate, pending completion of NBHS requirements. There are 56 students with 100% of the class eligible to graduate (Well done, students!)*Approved a service being provided at no charge from Mike Trout, Casey Farms, and Mid-Wood Inc to farm 18 acres of ground owned by the district and donate the harvested crop to the district for the 2016 growing season.
*Mrs. Van Mooy announced the anonymous donor who has purchased school supplies for all Powell students, has already stepped up to the plate to do so again this fall (2016-2017 school year), for Pre-school through 6th grade!
*The American Legion and Legion Auxiliary have donated the money to fund the Academic Honors Program on May 5th. “Thank you to the Legion. They’ve been supporting this program for 30 years!” said Mr. DeLaney.
There were no Board Committee reports. The meeting was adjourned at 6:51, so the Board could move to Executive Session