Barnesville Exempted Village School District administrators are preparing for the start of another school year. At the Thursday, Aug. 3 meeting the BEVSD Board of Education members were updated on preparations and plans for the upcoming school year.

Elementary School Principal Clint Abbott said custodians and the school secretary had been working very hard to ready the building for the year. He said an average of 45, third and fourth grade students attended each day of summer school for three weeks. Abbott said Kindergarten Camp was to begin this weeks and is typically attended by as many as 60 students. The elementary class list has been released (see page B4). Open house at the elementary school will be August 17 from 4-7 p.m.

Abbott thanked the BHS Class of 1967 for their donation of a Buddy Bench, which has been installed at the playground. "It's looks wonderful and I invite you to come out and see that," he said. The purpose of the bench is for students without a "buddy" to sit there and for other students to approach them and ask them to play.

A Box Out Bullying program will be held at the middle school on August 29 for parents and August 30 for students. The elementary school's Safety Day is set for Friday, Sept. 8. Local first responders attend and school bus safety is taught.

"We're ready and excited for the new school year to start," Abbott said. "We have a lot of new programs. It's exciting and I think it's going to be a great school year."

Micah Fuchs, Director of Special Education and Student Services, said the district will collaborate with the Ohio Valley ESC for professional development. He said self-contained classrooms will be used at the elementary and middle schools for some special education classes. He said Jamie Wellman will be teaching one of those classes at the elementary school.

"There's a lot of things I will be learning as I go and Mrs. Hannahs will be a great resource," Fuchs said.

The two new principals, high school principal Ronald Clark and middle school principal Casey Mayo, both credited their staff with helping them get ready for the upcoming school year.

Mayo credited Jeanne Strawn for her help in the office and noted the hard work of the custodians. Open house is August 17 from 3-6 p.m. He said 8-6th grade will be first, with the majority of the time left for the fifth graders to tour the building. Details will be posted on the school's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Clark said Tuesday was his first official day. "The staff has been absolutely wonderful in bringing me up to date and making me feel welcome," he said. He especially thanked secretary Nancy Miller and guidance counselor Natasha Shilling for their help to "update me on things that need to be done at the high school and really get the ball rolling for the new school year".

He also thanked the custodians for their work in finishing the floors and painting at the high school. He said schedule changes were to be completed the next day. The high school's open house is also August 17, with times being divided by grade level. The annual Meet the Team Night will be held on August 18 at the football stadium beginning at 6 p.m.

Athletic Director/Food Services Coordinator Mark Cook reported that all three gym projects had been completed on schedule and had not interfered with open gym times for fall sports teams. He said the high school track had also been finished on schedule and looked great. He said the stadium also looked great and the maintenance crew lined all the football fields. He said concussion testing was completed that week.

On the food service side, Cook said a new serving line was installed at the high school that day. A new stove and warmer were installed there and a new dishwasher was installed at the middle school.

Transportation and Maintenance Director John Blattler said work on the new bus garage was continuing, windows were being resealed at the elementary, quotes were being obtained for new doors at the high school, the old boiler was out at the high school and a new one would be arriving. Blattler thanked all the custodians, maintenance and grounds workers for "working their tail off".

The board entered into executive session to consider employment; 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.

The board voted, with Sam Lucas and Kenny Triplett voting no, to deny a grievance from Angie Pack, as heard in executive session.

The board approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Barnesville Association of Classified Employees.

Superintendent Angie Hannahs said she included the hazing/bullying report in the board's packets.

The board accepted a donation of $175 to the athletic department/reserve seating/tickets form Bob's Drive Thru.

The board approved the property/liability/auto insurance coverage provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and corresponding purchase order #52209 in the amount of $51,445 (effective Aug. 15, 2017) through August 14, 2018). Treasurer Matt King said the estimated that the new rate was a $2,000 increase over last year, due to the addition of new school buses, the school van, etc.

The board approved the preschool, elementary school, middle school and high school student/family handbooks, and the volunteer handbook for the 2017-2018 school year.

The board approved the bus routes for the 2017-2018 school year (see page B4), and approved Ohio Hills Health Services to conduct bus driver physicals for the 2017-2018 school year.

The board approved the list of athletic ticket and athletic pass prices for the 2017-2018 school year.

The board approved the following substitutes for the 2017-2018 school year pending all required paperwork is completed and on file: aides: Ashley Campbell, Joyce Castello Carol CrooksStaci Graham, Mary Ellen Hannahs, Jennifer Helmick, Edwina Hickman, Chelsey Jackson, Heather Leasure, Doreen May, Duana McGinnisMichelle McLaughlin,Leanna MilhoanLouAnn MorrisAmanda SaundersLiza SpenceEmily StephenKristina TysonCasey VanHornDawn WeissLora WildesConnie Willison; bus drivers: Jamie Anderson, Keith Baum, Cliff Butler, David Groves, Jason Lishman, John McCort, Robert Rockwell, Danny Wildes; cooks: Jessica Ackerman, Judy Carpenter, Joyce Castello, Carol Crooks, Tina Fuchs, Staci Graham, Mary Ellen Hannahs, Jennifer Helmick, Sandy Hughes, Heather Leasure, Doreen May, Duana McGinnis, Michelle McLaughlin, Leanna Milhoan, LouAnn Morris, Shawnna Powers, Amanda Saunders, Kristina TysonCasey Van Horn, Dawn WeissLora Wildes, Connie Willison; custodians: Carol CrooksDaniel Debolt; Staci Graham; Duana McGinnis; groundskeeper/floater: Mary Ellen Hannahs, Robert Rockwell; nurses: Joni Carpenter, Elaine Craker, Tia Detling, Brandie Lake, Amy Moore, Brittany Nalley, Shawnna Powers; secretaries: Ashley Campbell, Carol Crooks, Staci Graham, Jennifer Helmick, Edwina HickmanChelsey Jackson, Brandie Lake, Heather Leasure, Doreen May, Duana McGinnis, Michelle McLaughlin, Leanna Milhoan, LouAnn Morris, Shawnna Powers, Amanda Saunders, Emily Stephen, Kristina Tyson, Casey Van Horn, Dawn WeissLora Wildes; teachers: Merna Bettinger, Karen Blair, Mark Brown, Olivia Brown, Jessica Byers, Taylor Christman, Jana Crawford, Rebekah Detling, Mary Devine, John Doherty, Trish Doherty, Julie Feldner, Lydia GebhartAlice Gordon, Leah Hanse, Roberta Henderson, Amanda Householder, Robert Kidd, Kerri Kovalick, Wesley Lewis, Eva Lynn, Andy Marovich, Bev McConnell, Stephanie Morgan, Melissa Nugent, Richard Oberdick, Beth Orr, Barbara Pfeffer, Pamela Puskas, Jennifer Scott, Carly Smith, Ashley Sellers, Liza Spence, Nancy Stephen, Tom Stephen, Jeanne Strawn, Karen Taylor, Christine Tracy, Sarah Truax, Terida Williams, Mary Jane Wood, Tawnya Yager, Sharon Yoss, Holly Young, Marge Young, Anettra Hastings, Jessica Gibson, Lori Miller.

The board approved Lori Miller as substitute aide, cook, and secretary; issued a first, one year classified probationary contract to Jamie Anderson as two-hour bus driver; and awarded a van driver position to David Groves, both effective beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.

The board issued a one-year, supplemental contract for the school year to Heidi Velas as assistant cross country coach.

The board issued a certified, limited, one-year probationary contract, effective the beginning with the 2017-2018 school year to Teresa Martinette as elementary school floater teacher.

The board approved the FFA field trip to Ohio Pyle State Park in Pennsylvania on August 4-7, 2017.

The board adopted amended policies IGDJA-R and IGDJA-E Drug and Alcohol Testing for Student/Athletes and approved an agreement between Barnesville Exempted Village Schools and Barnesville Hospital for testing services. Baker said he was glad the district could keep their business in the village with the hospital for testing services. Superintendent Hannahs agree and said the staff had been very helpful with the student drug testing.

The board approved membership with The Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding for the school year.

The board adopted Resolution #17-17, declaring it necessary to levy a (1 mill) tax for the benefit of the Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library. Board President Robert Miller said that according to the Ohio Revised Code, the district (as the taxing agent) "must support it whether or not we agree with it. I'm completely against that philosophy period, but we have no choice."

The board nominated Sam Lucas as delegate and Robert Miller as alternate delegate for the 2017 Capital Conference.

The next board meeting was set for Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in the middle school cafetorium.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the board entered into a brief executive session, called by Triplett to discuss employment.