Dick Thomas and Richard Marmie of the Goaliners organization updated the Barnesville Exempted Village Board of Education about planned and recent improvements made to the Barnesville football field, stadium and grounds by the group. An $8,600 sprinkler system will be installed in the practice field. Thomas said he spoke with Treasurer Matt King about the possible increase to the district’s water bill. King said the increased water usage would not be a problem.

Dick Thomas and Richard Marmie of the Goaliners organization updated the Barnesville Exempted Village Board of Education about planned and recent improvements made to the Barnesville football field, stadium and grounds by the group. An $8,600 sprinkler system will be installed in the practice field. Thomas said he spoke with Treasurer Matt King about the possible increase to the district’s water bill. King said the increased water usage would not be a problem.
“You need a good practice field,” said Thomas. “That is where most games are won and lost.”
Thomas also presented plans for an “Honor Wall” to recognize donors. Thomas showed the board an artist’s rendering of the Honor Wall, to be placed on the side of the concession stand at the stadium. Those donating $500 or more will be recognized on the wall. Thomas said a new rain spout and gutter had already been installed on the concession stand building. He said lights and a flower bed will also be added once the Honor Wall is completed.
 Members of the group, including Thomas and Marmie, also recently built wide, wooden stairs leading from the parking lot to the stadium. The parking lot has also been improved. The district also made improvements to the visitor’s side bleachers.
Former board member Marilyn Lucas congratulated Superintendent Randy Lucas on being installed as president of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators earlier that day.  (See story on front page). She said it was a high honor for both the superintendent and the district.
Mrs. Lucas went on to suggest that a publicity person be appointed for the district to announce positive news in the district.
The board adopted Resolution #13-21 acknowledging completion of the final report for the LGIF shared services feasibility study.
Superintendent Lucas said the study concluded that shared services with Union Local would be primarily for money saving, not efficiency. In answer to board president Robert Miller’s question, Lucas said neither district was interested in sharing services at this time, however there will be a link to the in-depth study results on the district’s web site as a resource for other districts who are serious about shared services.
Board member Richard Pryor said the BHS Class of 1958 wanted to donate an item, at a cost of up $1,000,  to the school. Superintendent Lucas said he would confer with Support Services Director Jonathan Rockwell for suggestions.
Board member John Duch, who is the board’s representative on the park board, said the drainage system at the main baseball field will be redone.
The board approved a $400 donation from the Ohio Valley Cattlemen’s Association to the FFA.    
The board approve super blanket purchase order #44959 in the amount of $34,800 for copying services with Richardson Copying Concepts. King said the contract was year two of a five year contract.
Foreign exchange students approved for the 2013-2014 school year include: Joy Bohme, Kittitat Tiraputtichai and Hideki Sakano. The students are from Germany, Brazil and Thailand.
The following substitute teachers were approved for the 2013-2014 school year: Cyrena Abbott, Kara Menges, Lindsey Sweeney, Michele Merritt-Abel, Melanie Beeson, Valerie Hogan, Richard Wells and Amy Betts.
The board approved the following classified substitutes for the 2013-2014 school year: Lindsey Sweeney, substitute aide; Michele Merritt-Abel, substitute aide, cook, secretary and Tacy Keiger, substitute aide, cook, secretary.
The board accepted the resignation of Sandra Jean Daniels as assistant girls’ basketball coach for the 2013-2014 school year.
The board approved a change in daily contracted hours for driver/cook Brenda Ackerman from three to two hours for bus driver and from five to six hours for cook. Lucas said the change in hours was due to a student no longer needing to be transported to St. Clairsville.
The board approved an agreement between Barnesville Exempted Village Schools and Barnesville Hospital Association to provide supplemental speech therapy services for the 2013-2014 school year. Lucas said a part-time position was posted, but no bids were received, so the hospital was contacted. He said the agreement worked out for both parties and is yet another example of shared services.
The board  also approved an agreement between the district and Southeast Ohio Rehabilitation Services, LLC for physical therapy services for the 2013-2014 school year.
The board entered into executive session to consider employment and to prepare for, conduct or review negotiations or bargaining sessions with public employees concerning their compensation or other terms and conditions of their employment.