Support Services Director Jay Tingle updated the Barnesville Exempted Village School District Board of Education on the transportation, food service and building and grounds departments at the Thursday, Sept. 17 board meeting.

Tingle told the board that the district is running eight, full-time bus routes, down one from last year due to the combination of the Hendrysburg/Mt. Olivett routes. He said emergency/snow routes may be established this year due to the state's reduction in the number of calamity days allowed. The calamity days have been reduced from five to three.

Under food service, Tingle reported that meal prices are $2 for elementary and middle school; $2.25 for the high school and $2.50 for adults. Milk, now served in plastic containers, is 30 cents.

Tingle said the district's entitlement commodity funds have been reduced from $19,500 to $16,500. He said the funds have decreased each year and are based on he number of potential students eating in the cafeterias.

In answer to a board question, Tingle said it was too early to tell if the cafeteria would be profitable this year. Treasurer Matt King said the department had been in he back the past four years he has been there.

Under building and grounds at the elementary school, Tingle reported that lockers have been installed , an additional sub pump installed and dilapidated playground equipment removed.

New parking lots are being used at the high school and elementary school.

Tingle said the ongoing H.E.A.T. program is already reducing wattage used at the elementary gym. He invited the public to notice the new bulbs during the Pumpkin Festival. The old lights used $18,792 watts compared to the 8,480 watts now used, for a 55 percent reduction and six fewer fixtures.

Upon recommendation of the superintendent, the board went into executive session at 7:20 p.m. to discuss employment/compensation of a public employee or official and for conferences with an attorney for Barnesville Education Association.

The board approved donations from Barnesville Rotary, $100 for Back to School Party and Barnesville Education Foundation, $1,000 for the high school Washington, D.C. trip.

The board appointed treasurer Matt King as the Board of Education's Designee to attend a mandatory Public Records Training.

The following substitute teachers for the 2009-2010 school year were approved: Kristi Kearns, Amanda Hannahs and Samantha Church.

Teresa Groves was hired as substitute nurse for the school year

The following one-year limited supplemental contracts were approved: Bryce Allen, assistant boys' basketball coach and Kayla Ralston, assistant softball coach.

Bobbi Jo Johnson, Rebekah Detling, Melissa Dodd and Jennifer Houston were approved as After-School Kindergarten Readiness Tutors for the 2009-2010 school year at the rate of $20 per hour.

Jennifer Houston, Rebekah Detling, Alisa McCrate, Leah Miller, Nancy Bischof, Kelly Gillman, Jana Crawford and Jennifer Wells were approved as Elementary After-School Intervention Tutors for the 2009-2010 school year at the rate of $20 per hour.

Approved as Elementary After-School Fast ForWord Tutors for the 2009-2010 school year at the rate of $20 per hour were Melissa McMillen and Natalie Long.

Middle School After-School Intervention Tutors for the 2009-2010 school year at the rate of $20 per hour include: Jean Gallagher, Steve Fisher, Danielle Passmore, Jamie Carpenter and Natasha Shilling.

District Saturday School Monitors at the rate of $10 per hour are Rachel Sas and Joyce Toohey.

Barbara Carpenter was approved as Elementary School After-School Detention Monitor. Natasha Schilling and Sandy Gibson were approved as Middle School After-School Detention Monitors. High School After-School Detention Monitors are Rachel Sas and Joyce Toohey.

The board adopted the Ohio Department of Education's Special Education Model Policies and Procedures.

The board accepted the retirement of Shirley Farson as bus driver effective October 1. They accepted the retirements of middle school teachers Donald Lynn and Susan McCracken ( effective July 1).

Donna Skinner was approved as substitute aide and secretary.