By 1808Delaware

The Buckeye Valley Board of Education’s June meeting dealt with financial planning and strategic updates to ensure the district’s continued success. Key topics included essential financial approvals, significant athletic achievements, a potential bond issue, and vital infrastructure projects. The board also explored policy updates and celebrated the renewal of a key administrative contract.

District Update: Preparing for Future Success

Brian Orrenmaa presented an update on significant changes to the local report card, focusing on College, Career, Workforce, and Military Readiness (CCWMR). Starting next school year, the state will report these components, affecting overall ratings in subsequent years. The emphasis is on preparing students not only for graduation but also for their future endeavors. Students will need to meet at least one of 11 readiness criteria, such as earning an honors diploma, achieving qualifying scores on AP or IB tests, or completing internships.

To support this initiative, Mr. Orrenmaa highlighted the use of the Schoolinks platform for tracking student achievements. Additionally, the ASVAB test will be administered to all juniors to help identify their strengths and potential career paths. The district will collaborate with recruiters and counselors to ensure students meet all necessary deadlines and requirements.

Spring Athletics Achievements

Eric Music provided an update on the district’s spring athletics, celebrating the achievements of various teams, including boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, softball, tennis, baseball, and track. Photos were shared, highlighting the successes of students and coaches. The board expressed pride in these accomplishments and acknowledged the positive impact of athletics on student development.

Financial and Employment Approvals

Financial discussions were a significant focus of the meeting. The board addressed several key financial items, including approval of the May Financial Report, Amended Final Appropriations and Estimated Resources, and Fiscal Year 2025 Temporary Appropriations.

The board also approved various employment-related items, such as certified and classified staff employment, resignations, and supplementals. Additionally, they approved donations, camp coaches, consulting services, and a switch replacement project.

Bond Issue and Financial Planning

A critical part of the meeting was the discussion of a resolution declaring the necessity of a bond issue and submitting the question to the electors. This step is part of addressing the district’s financial needs and preparing for a potential bond issue in the fall. The resolution is a vital step in securing the necessary funds for the district’s future projects.

Roof and Masonry Project Discussion

Another significant topic was the roof and masonry project for the middle school. The board considered a proposal from Roof Connect but decided to table the motion, seeking more detailed information and assurances about the project’s scope and accountability. They discussed the possibility of engaging architectural services for a comprehensive plan and moving forward with an open bid process.

Policy and Administrative Guideline Updates

The board reviewed options for updating district policies and administrative guidelines. They heard from a representative of Neola, who outlined the benefits of their services, including twice-yearly updates and legal support. The board compared Neola with the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) and planned to make a decision by the next meeting.

Executive Session and Treasurer’s Contract

In an executive session, the board discussed compensation for a public employee and reconvened to approve a five-year contract for Treasurer Kelly Ziegler.

Photo: JBTHEMILKER, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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