Buckeye Valley forums set for Aug. 17

By D. Anthony Botkin - [email protected]

Buckeye Valley School District officials will hold simultaneous community forums Aug. 17 at BV West and BV East at 7 p.m. to give updates on both schools.

“We want to give a presentation to parents on the project updates,” said Andrew Miller, superintendent. “We want to share the schematics and designs.”

The district is also looking for input from parents of the two schools’ students, Miller said.

Miller said parents should check the district’s Facebook page for further information and updates.

The school board met early Tuesday morning.

The major part of the meeting was “to clean up things before school starts,” Miller said. “Teachers and staff start Aug. 15, (and) students’ first day is Aug. 18.”

Miller said the board approved leasing three school buses through, META Solutions, for a total of $276,810 divided over a four-year lease.

“This is the first year the district has leased buses,” Miller said. “By leasing the buses it keeps the fleet up-to-date.”

Treasurer Kelly Ziegler said the district’s buses traveled 537,380 miles in the 2014-15 school year.

“The oldest bus is a 2004 and is driven very little,” Ziegler said. “Most of the buses are 2008 or earlier.”

The school board approved hiring Christina Frick as a preschool teacher at Buckeye Valley West with an annual salary of $48,821, Miller said.

Miller earlier said the district had added another one-to-one special needs peer program. Each special needs child is paired with a student. “I feel good where we landed on that, we were able to accommodate those who want to be a part of it,” he said.

Miller said the board approved hiring back four tutors for this school year. Tutors’ contract run from the beginning of the school year to the end of the school year, he said. Brianna Wells will tutor BV East students, Cindy Michael will be placed to tutor BV West students, Julie Van Hoose will tutor at the middle school and Joy Norris will cover the district. The four tutors will be paid $19 per hour.

Miller said the board approved changes officials made to the school age children program by updating the hourly rate of assistants. “We’re trying to improve keeping people,” he said. “We now give them a 2 percent cost-of-living increase at the end of every year.”

To assist with the transition in Education Management Information System, the board approved 20 days of assistance from Larry Oehler for at the rate of $222 per day.

By D. Anthony Botkin

[email protected]

D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.

D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.