The Barnesville Exempted Village School District Board of Education received information about a possible soccer program from Athletic Director Mark Cook at the Thursday, Jan. 7 meeting. Cook said he was asked by Superintendent Randy Lucas to investigate the possible addition of  soccer to the district’s high school sports program after adding a boys and girls bowling team this past fall. Barnesville has had a long standing youth soccer program (Barnesville Area Youth Soccer or BAYS) and nearby Union Local adding a co-ed soccer team in the fall.
Cook said soccer would require more start up money than bowling did. He said that the Union Local soccer coach provided him with a break down of the almost $11,000 required to start their program. Cook said that money was provided by donations for the first year, and did not include the coach’s salary or transportation costs.
Cook said he also spoke with the Monroe Central Athletic Director about their soccer program which is in its second year and began as a club sport.
Cook said other questions included where a soccer team would play. He said he preferred the grassy area inside the track at the high school, but noted that it would have to be maintained. He said the track field would also provide a PA system.
Cook gathered information on what teams a co-ed soccer team would play. Cook said some local teams include, UL, Olney Friends School, Monroe Central, Caldwell, Harrison Central and East Richland. He said OVAC teams are required to play six other OVAC teams. He said one of the biggest problems is the shortage of referees.
Cook also spoke with the coaches of other BHS fall sports who expressed concerns about conflicts with facilities and whether or not there would be enough athletes to field a recommended 16 -person soccer team. Cook said that BAYS fields a high school team in the fall, however, some of those players come from other school districts.
Cook said he would prefer to start with a club sport for the first year to gauge participation. He said if a soccer team was added, it would be for the 2017/2018 school year, as schedules are already being set for fall sports.
Board President Robert Miller said the board would need to digest the information Cook provided, think and talk about it, and get back to him.
Superintendent Randy Lucas thanked Tug Robson for providing the district with a book he made detailing the various “Milk Game” trophies  created in each sport that Barnesville and Union Local play against each other. “The book provides an interesting look at our friendly rivavlry with UL,” Lucas said. He said Robson has also created milk game hats that feature the two school’s logos on each side.
 At the organizational meeting prior to the regular meeting, Treasurer Matt King gave the oath of office to newly elected board members Sam Lucas and Dennis Huntsman. Lucas, former BEVSD superintendent, is beginning his first term as board member. Huntsman was already serving on the board.
Board members elected Robert Miller as board president and Scott Baker as vice president.
The following committees were designated for 2016: Finance/Audit - Baker and  Triplett; Personnel - Huntsman and Miller; Buildings and Grounds  - Triplett and Baker; Policy - Baker and Lucas; Athletic - Huntsman and Lucas; Curriculum - Huntsman and Baker; Transportation - Baker and Lucas; Park Board - Huntsman; Grievance/Negotiations - Baker and Triplett ; Technology - Huntsman and Miller; Labor Relations - Miller and Triplett.
A tax budget hearing was held for Fiscal Year 2017. The board approved the budget as presented by King.  He said the budget was based on the five-year forecast approved by the board in October. He said the tax budget was required by the county auditor to gauge the fund balance for levies that generate millage. He said the auditor’s office looks at the fund balance to see if the millage needs to be adjusted to meet debt. King said the budget had to be approved by the board by January 15th and was to be submitted by Jan. 20th.
The board  set the third Thursday of each month at the Middle School Cafetorium at 7 p.m.  for its monthly  board meetings.
The board approved the following resolutions:
• RESOLUTION #16-02 - A resolution authorizing advances on tax settlements: BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Education of the Barnesville Exempted Village School District, that the Auditor of Belmont County be and is hereby requested to draw warrants, and the Treasurer of said County be and is hereby requested to pay to the Treasurer of this Board, from time to time on request of the Treasurer of the Board, any money in the County Treasury to the account of this Board and lawfully applicable to the purpose of the 2016 calendar year.
• RESOLUTION #16-03 - A resolution establishing the Service Fund for Calendar Year 2016: WHEREAS, Ohio Revised Code Section 3315.15 provides for the setting aside from the General Fund a sum not to exceed $2.00 for each child enrolled or twenty thousand dollars, whichever is greater, such sum of money to be known as the “Service Fund” to be used in paying the expenses of members of the Board actually incurred in the performance of their duties, or of their official representatives when sent out of the school district. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the sum of not less than $5,000 be set aside and appropriated for the aforementioned “Service Fund”.
• RESOLUTION #16-04 - Resolution for payment of bills: BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Education of the Barnesville Exempted Village School District that the Treasurer is authorized to pay bills as they are presented, provided that funds are available, and report monthly to the Board of Education.
• RESOLUTION #16-05 -  Resolution authorizing the Superintendent to make purchases.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Barnesville Exempted Village School District Board of Education hereby authorizes the Superintendent to purchase any and all items for the normal operations of the Barnesville Schools within the restrictions set forth by the appropriations, not to exceed $25,000, with the exception for certain fund raising activities, athletic guarantees, and unless the expenditure is an emergency which imposes a threat to the well-being or safety of staff, students, and/or the physical facilities.
RESOLUTION #16-06 - Resolution authorizing the Superintendent to approve professional meetings and student field trips: BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Education of the Barnesville Exempted Village School District that the Superintendent be authorized to approve all professional meetings and conferences of the professional and classified staff and approve all field trips scheduled for students of the School District except those going through travel agencies.
RESOLUTION #16-07 - Resolution authorizing the treasurer to make inter-fund and intra-fund transfers as needed subject to subsequent Board approval (if required).
RESOLUTION #16-08  designating Angela Hannahs as Title IX Coordinator for the 2016 calendar year.
RESOLUTION #16-09 adopting the Tax Budget for the period of July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.
 The board appointed Robert Miller to serve as the school district’s legislative liaison and Sam Lucas as the district’s student achievement liaison to the Ohio School Boards Association.
The board approved the appointment of Rebecca Thomas as Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library Trustee, as recommended by the library, for a term expiring 12/31/2022.
A Buildings/Grounds Committee meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 7 a.m. in the Central Office. Superintendent Lucas said the meeting was need to begin planning for spring and summer projects, especially those that require bids.
The  board went into executive session to consider employment, and for preparing for, conducting or reviewing negotiations or bargaining sessions with public employees concerning their compensation or other terms and conditions of their employment.
The board approved the following donations for the month of December: $500 from Cabin in the Woods Family to elementary students; $1,000 from Carol Carpenter for student lunches; $1,600 from the Barnesville Area Ed Foundation for Kindergarten I-Pads; $500 from BAEF to GATE East Ohio Summit; $1,000 from BAEF to GATE OMUN and  $8,744.20 from BAEF for the M.S. Math Activity Table.        
Superintendent Lucas gave the hazing/bullying reports.
The board approved Jeanne Strawn as a tutor for a homebound special needs high school student effective December 21, 2015.
The board approved Christine Bonnett as asubstitute teacher for the 2015-2016 school year pending all required paperwork is completed and on file
The board adopted a College Credit Plus Textbook Purchasing Policy.
The board approved a one-year limited supplemental contract to Kevin Miller as assistant softball coach for the 2015-2016 school year.
The board approved the reduction of a one hour supplemental bus route (J.V.S. p.m.) and a change from 6.5 to 5.5 hours to the dialy contracted hours for Melissa Swallie, effective Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.
The board approved the reduction of a 1.25 hour supplemental bus route (21st Century Community Learning Center After School Grant 150 days)  and awarded a one hour supplemental bus route (J.V.S. p.m.) and increase from 6.25 to 7.25 hours in the daily contraqcted hours for Mary Ellen Hannahs, effective Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.
The board also accepted the resignation of Jon T. Pryor as bus driver effective January 13, 2016.
 Superintendent Lucas and Treasurer King announced that January is recognized by the State of Ohio as Board Member Appreciation Month.