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North Baltimore Board of Education Holds December Meeting

by Sue Miklovic

The agenda was relatively short on Tuesday evening, for the December meeting of the NBLS Board meeting.

Highlights:

* This is a slow time of the year for money coming in to the district. It will pick up from January through April as tax money comes in.
* Approved a Disability Retirement Leave for Scott Lockwood. Superintendent Ryan Delaney assured everyone “We do not pay anything for this (from our monies)”
* Approved the revised agreement with Wood County Educational Services Center for FY 18, at an increased amount of $600,000. This is mainly due to high numbers in the pre-school program.
* Accepted the resignation of employee Jacqueline Miller for personal reasons, effective December 22, 2017.

Superintendent Ryan Delaney’s Report

* “We are having a great Winter Sports Kick-off” he said. The numbers are up in our wrestling program this year. Girls and Boys basketball are both having winning seasons so far.
* Mr. Delaney is impressed with the “Powell Spirit Cart” and the enthusiasm of the reorganized Powell Parent Teacher Organization for this school year.

NBHS Principal’s Report-Dr. Bob Falkenstein

  1. End of Course Exam make-ups are completed (required for some seniors).
  2. Exams are tomorrow(Wednesday) and Thursday with our teacher work day on Friday.
  3. We have TONS of events going on, including our band concert at 7:00 tonight. See nbls.org/calendar for the complete listing.
  4. Our state required safety plans were submitted; all state safety requirements/drills are being met.
  5. We’re already planning for next year by examining curriculum options, college credit plus, dual enrollment options, and gearing up for scheduling for next year.
  6. Paws for a Cause donated gifts to 3 NB families this year!
  7. Student Council gave treat trays to our staff members for Christmas!
  8. NJHS bought new Ellison Dies for our staff!

Powell Principal’s Report-Mr. Lange

I would like to apologize for missing the last two board meetings.  If you remember, I was at 6th grade camp during the October meeting, and I was ill during your last one.   It is good to be back!

Since the last board meeting, photographers have visited to get the candid and group shots of our students for the Powell yearbook.  It is currently being designed at Lifetouch studios in Lima.  We will have a spring sales period before we wrap up the sale around the end of February.

On December 6th, the Brotherhood of Honorable Men along with some of the students from the high school went to a Toledo Walleyes ice hockey game.  Thanks to Mr. Scherdt and Mr. Green for making the trip possible for the Brotherhood.  The REALLY exciting surprise was that our group got to ride on the Funzoni  around the rink and had our two minutes of fame!  We all received a commemorative Funzoni ice puck as a momento!

We had a packed crowd for the K-3 sing-a-long on December 11th.  There were plenty of folks that had to stand at the back of the gym.  I think great time was had by all and there was certainly plenty of Christmas cheer to go around.

Last Wednesday, 4-12 students held their annual holiday choral concert.  It was another excellent performance that brought community members into the school to see the many great things that our students are doing.

The Powell show choir and the PK classes went and sang to seniors including Bonnie Knaggs.  The residents seemed to greatly appreciate the visitors and the students loved having a new audience!  Thanks to Niki Aukerman, Marina Williford, and crew as well as Ms. Meyerson for their willingness to take our students out into the community and share their talents.

Tonight at 7 pm is our annual holiday band concert here in the auditeria.  It begins as 7 and includes grades 5-12.  You are mere steps from the excitement.

Powell PTA has a meeting tonight as well.  I would like to thank the officers of the organization for breathing life back into the group.  They have a “spirit cart” fund-raiser that they are holding at home athletic events or by appointment.  The cart is stocked with locally-produced school spirit merchandise and is a great way to show your Tiger Pride!

We have an assembly coming tomorrow that is being funded by the Ohio Soybean Council.  Mrs. Eckel, second grade teacher, is the wife of one of the board members of the OSC.  He was able to select a school to participate in a STEM assembly funded by the organization and he chose us!  A great time is anticipated as the presentation is reportedly very engaging and very much hands-on.

My Christmas luncheon is Friday about 11:30.  The board is welcome to attend.  There should be enough smoked pulled pork for all!

Lastly, I need to recognize my entire staff for their generosity this holiday season.  Two times a year I collect money from them.  Their donation goes to support the Powell Christmas Cheer program that provides gifts to those that might not have much under the Christmas tree otherwise.  They have supported the fund drive beyond what anyone could have expected.  We are also able to provide bags of groceries to many of the families that are most in need.  I have had teachers buy gifts, buy groceries, and wrap presents.  This is a true sense of what it means to give back to the community unselfishly.  In return, I have allowed staff to wear jeans on Fridays for the remainder of the year.

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and best wishes for a fantastic 2018!

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The Board of Education will hold an Organizational Meeting for 2018 on January 10 at 5:30pm. Current Board President Tami Thomas will serve as the President Pro-Tem during the reorganization. The regular January Board of Education meeting will follow at 6:00pm.

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