The accomplishments of students and staff in the Barnesville Exempted Village School District were highlighted at the Monday, April 30 board of education meeting.

Superintendent Randy Lucas read a letter from the Ohio Educational Service Center Association congratulating Barnesville High School student Nathaniel Wehr as Belmont Countys Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award winner. Lucas said the award was established in 1989 as a way to recognize outstanding senior scholars in the state. One student in chosen in each county each year.

Wehr was chosen based upon his academic achievements, personal accomplishments and community service, qualifying him as one of the best and brightest in the Class of 2012." Wehr is the valedictorian of the 2012 BHS class.

Nathaniel is an outstanding student, Lucas said. He said high school guidance counselor Mark Brown attended a luncheon and awards ceremony with Wehr and his family in Columbus on April 25. Lucas congratulated Wehr on a job well done.

Lucas updated board members on a recent visit to the elementary school from representatives of the Ohio Department of Education and the Office of the Governor. Sarah Dove, Ohios Teacher Liaison from ODE and Nick Gatz, the governors Southeast Ohio Regional Liaison, visited the elementary school to find out how the school achieves high test and state report card ratings despite a high poverty rate of students, while managing to keep costs low.

Lucas said Dove, who visited two other schools in the county, talked with administrators and staff and observed students in the classroom.

It feels good to have someone from the governors office recognize the achievements here in Barnesville, Lucas said. He commended the staff and leadership.

Another letter of praise, this one from Hollie and Helen Detling congratulating Coach DJ Butler and the high school baseball team for winning the Shamrock Diamond Classic, was also read by Lucas.

Middle School Principal Julie Erwin, High School Principal Jeff Crosier and Dr. Rebecca Hannahs, Director of Curriculum/Special Education gave a reports of activities at their buildings. Erwin said state testing had been completed and students worked hard and did their best. She said the awards assembly would be held on May 15 at 6 p.m. Eighth grade graduation will be May 21 at 7 p.m. She said the Rachels Challenge club recently donated to two families and one organization this year. Erwin said they will also be donating to the family of a student whose mother is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Students also recently raised $550 for the Belmont County Animal Shelter.

Erwin also talked about the Cutting Class For a Cure Event held on May 4. Over $4,000 was raised and donated to the 3Cs Cancer Support Group.

Principal Crosier said the school is changing to a new core curriculum and he met with teachers the previous week to discuss the changes. National Honor Society inductions were held and Prom was held April 28. The annual Blood Bash was held May 11 and graduation is May 27.

Dr. Hannahs said Skyler Hopton, a student of Al Treherne, was recognized for his academic achievements at an Exceptional Student Banquet sponsored by the Belmont County Advisory Council on May 10 at the joint vocational school.

Treasurer Matt King said the district received a certificate of recognition from American Electric Power Ohio for the districts energy efficient programs. King said two of the districts energy saving programs entitled them to a rebate. He said AEP recognized the district for their commitment to energy savings. He said the district has done much to reduce energy consumption and he wanted to share the recognition with the board whose members approved the energy saving measures.

Following those announcements, the board entered into executive session to consider employment; compensation of a public employee or official; the investigation of charges or complaints against a public employee, official, licensee, or regulated individual (unless the individual requested a public hearing); preparing for, conducting or reviewing negotiations or bargaining sessions with public employees concerning their compensation or other terms and conditions of their employment and matters required to be kept confidential by federal law or regulations or state statutes.

Staffing levels for the 2012-13 school year were discussed and the following adjustments were made:

*One full-time school psychologist position, one half-time instrumental music position and one half-time speech and language pathologist were eliminated. The instrumental music position was replaced with a full-time position and the psychologist position was replaced with a half-time position. A half-time intervention specialist position was added.

One full-time custodial position and one half-time interpreter position were eliminated. The interpreters position was increased to full-time for a preschool student who will be entering Kindergarten. One full-time grounds keeper/floater position (CDL with S&P endorsement required) was added, as well as one part-time aide position. That aide will be initially assigned to the middle school.

The board approved the following donations/grants for the month of March:

Barnesville Kiwanis, $150 to high school Ohio Graduation Test reward bowling trip.

The following donations to the middle school Read Across America were approved: Morland Properties, $50; Hallmark, $20; Campbell-Plumly-Milburn Funeral, $50; Parker & Parker Insurance, $25; Braido Memorials, $50; Cheffy Drugs, $50; WJ Plumly, Inc., $50; Dance Workshop, $30, Hissoms Gas & Glo, $20; Barnesville Hospital, $100 and Kemp Insurance, $20.

Another donation received included $1,000 to the Ohio Model United Nations program from the Barnesville Rotary Club.

The following donations for the May 11 BHS Blood Bash were approved: South Central Power Company, $75; W.D. Skinner & Son Insurance, $25; Bill Hunkler, $25; WJ Plumly, Inc., $50; Citizens National Bank Woodsfield, $ 75; Corner Fitness, $ 25; American Legion Post 168, $100; Barnesville Vision Center, $25; Rumer Loudin, $75; Belmont Savings Bank, $100; Emerald Point, $75; East Ohio Surveying, $50; Veterans of Foreign Wars, $100; Hissoms Gas & Glo, $ 50; Barnesville Mothers Club, $ 75; The Styling House, $ 100; Morristown Family Med. Center, $ 75; Flag Floors, $ 75; Barnesville Hospital, $75; Belmont County Farm Bureau; $50; K-Tech Garage, $ 75; Hallmark House, $25; Doug and Melissa Huff, $100; Triple B Trucking, $75; Ohio Hills Health Services; $100; Buckeye Steel, Inc., $75; Between the Lines Drive Academy; $75; Kelly-Kemp-Braido Patron Funeral Services, $75; Doan Ford, Inc.,$75.

The board approved purchase order #42450 in the amount of $21,745.45 for instructional technology equipment purchased from Schoolhouse Electronics (majority of expense to be paid from grant sources); purchase order #42424 in the amount of $24,950.00 for annual HVAC maintenance services rendered by Johnson Boiler Works, Inc. and the corresponding two- year contract and purchase order #42469 in the amount of $23,250 for a tractor purchased from D & J Sales and Service, Inc.

The board approved the following dates for Summer Programs with the number of positions filled being contingent upon student enrollment and paid at the rate of $20 per hour:

Elementary Summer School July 16, 2012 through August 3, 2012 (3 hours per day).

Elementary Fast ForWord Summer Program June 11, 2012 through August 3, 2012 (1 hours per day).

Elementary Summer Academies Academy 1: June 11, 2012 through June 15, 2012 (3 hours per day).

Academy 2: June 25, 2012 through June 29, 2012 (3 Hours per day).

Elementary Summer Accelerated Reader and Math Facts Program - Monday, June 4, 2012 and every Monday thereafter through July 23, 2012 , excluding June 11 and June 25, 2012 (3 hours per day)

Middle School Summer Program - July 16, 2012 through August 3, 2012 (3 hours per day).

Middle School Summer Academies - Academy 1: June 11, 2012 through June 15, 2012 (3 hours per day).

Academy 2: June 25, 2012 through June 29, 2012 (3 hours per day).

High School Summer School Intervention and OGT testing -

June 8, 2012 through June 21, 2012 (4 hours per day).

Empower Me 4 Life Program 5 Hours per week for 4 weeks (To be paid by grant funds).

The board approved the following dates for Extended School Special Education Services, with the number of positions filled being contingent upon enrollment and paid at the rate of $20 per hour:

Preschool Special Education Services - July 16, 2012 through August 3, 2012 (3 hours per day).

School Age Special Education Services Dates upon agreement

Speech and Language Services 8 Weeks not to exceed 4.5 hours per day

The board approved a list of seniors for graduation provided they satisfactorily complete all requirements set forth by the Barnesville Board of Education and the State Board of Education with no pending fines, fees, or disciplinary action.

The board approved the high school field trip to Washington D.C. in the spring of 2014.

The board also approved high school course descriptions for the 2012-2013 school year.