by Sue Miklovic
The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education for North Baltimore Local Schools was held Tuesday evening at 2012 Tiger Drive.
Board President Tami Thomas called the meeting to order at approximately 6:10pm. Board Member Tim Archer was absent.
The District’s Principals, Scott Lockwood and Dr. Bob Falkenstein were not present, as they are on summer break.
During the Superintendent’s report, Mr. Delaney shared these highlights:
*The blacktop that was added at NBHS is now done.
*He is still interviewing for open positions
*The district has passed their annual bus fleet inspections with flying colors. The inspections were moved up ten days from the original date, causing the need for a stepped-up pace of preparation. Mr. Delaney was quite pleased with the outcome.
*Mr. Delaney said he has made contact with McComb, expressing condolences to that community and school district, for the tragic loss this week, of a recent graduate, in a work-related accident. “I wanted them to know we are with them, here in North Baltimore, in the loss of this young man,” he said.
During the approval of expenditures, contracts, and agreements, all exhibits were approved by 4-0 vote.
One of the notes of interest of the meeting was the approval of the purchase of 240 Acer Chromebooks (laptop computers) at a cost of $81,540 for the 2015-2016 school year. These will be paid out of PI funds. Half will be used at Powell, mainly by individuals in grades 4, 5, and 6. The other 50% will go to the middle school/high school, and rotate from room–to-room on a portable cart.
Another note of interest: The county educational services center is no longer sub-contracting Intervention Specialists to county schools, so it is now necessary for districts to hire their own employees. Before the board approved the hiring of three of the four needed intervention positions in the district, they accepted the Fiscal Year 2016 Federal Title Grant Estimates. Superintendent Delaney described these 3 different funds as, “basically intervention funds” and without them the district would be unable to provide these programs and be forced to eliminate services unless a new source of funding specifically for these programs became available. “This should be a huge cost savings” to the District, he said.
The Board also hired an Elementary Teacher, for first grade.
The District has also “maxed out” according to Mr. Delaney, the new Fueleducation on-line learning for the 2015-2016 year. “We started using it this summer. This is a very good thing for us,” he said.
The Board set a Special Meeting for Monday, June 29th, at 5:30pm, at the District’s Board Office, 201 South Main Street, North Baltimore. The purpose of this special meeting is to “close out” the finances for the 2014-2015 year which must be done by June 30. There were some complications with getting it done due to loose ends from the OSFC project (new school building project)
At 6:40pm, the Board adjourned, to move into Executive Session.