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Monroe Local Schools Regular School Board Meeting
Wednesday, September 06, 2000 2:03:50 PM - Monroe Ohio

A meeting of the Monroe Local School Board was held Tuesday, September 05, 2000 at 7 p.m. in the junior high/high school media center. 

First on the agenda was the treasurer's report. The new treasurer brought the board up to date as far as the district's financial status as of July, 2000. The district started with a balance of $350,000. $340,000 in real estate taxes was received toward the August 2000 settlement. $391,756 was received of state foundation money. $140, 221 has been received in other state revenue. Expenditures are relatively small so far due to the newness of the district and the beginning of the school year. They are as follows: salary-$12,137, fringe benefits-$1239, purchases-$23,574, supplies-$725, capital outlay (phones and computers)$25,442, miscellaneous-$7000.

Mr. Elam continued the meeting with several recommendations for employment. They are as follows: Judy Lavash-school nurse Ms. Lavash graduated from Wright State and Jewish Hospital school of nursing, is coming from Lakota Schools and will be hired at a salary of $33,000. Robert Holzman-school psychologist Mr. Holzman will be consultant at an hourly rate on an as needed basis. Deanna Akney-1/2 day tutor, Dave Donohue-full day tutor, Sherri Beckett-food service, Jane Majors-food service, and Rita Tannreuther-substitute accounting clerk and payroll administrator.

Steve Campbell reported on facilities. The modular units and decking at the elementary school will be completed (weather permitting) by this weekend. Restrooms for the modulars should be completed by the end of next week. Communications wiring is in place at the elementary and high school. Landscaping has been done by volunteers at the high school and elementary school. 300 panes of glass still need to be replaced at the high school. The third floor restroom still needs to be repaired in the junior high/high school. The administration building should be ready by beginning to mid-October. ADA permits should be received by the end of the week and once the work is started should be completed within 2 ½ weeks. Mr. Elam stated that the board will begin a facilities study for both buildings and a feasibility study for repairs and improvements needed. Mr. Campbell also reported that due to a recent concern about failure of school bus brakes, two of our school busses were inspected and found in compliance with safety standards.

Patti Shull, elementary school principal, spoke about the beginning of the school year at the elementary. There are now 627 students attending Monroe Elementary as of today. Bussing problems due to new routes and the large number of busses is being improved. Dismissal on the first day took approximately 40 minutes and is down to about 12 minutes at present. She thanked the many volunteers and teachers who put in long hours of hard work to get the school ready for the students. 

Robert Amodio, junior high/high principal, then talked about the first days in his building. He said that he had a basic plan for the first day for each student to have "a schedule, a locker, and a textbook" and all of these things happened. The halls are clean and quiet and the teachers and students are excited and happy. Jon Payne reported on extra-curriculars. All head coaching positions are expected to be recommended by the next meeting. The junior high school football team has its own locker room under the stadium. All fall sports are up and running and the practice and playing fields and gyms are busy Monday through Saturday.

Dr. Wilson, curriculum director, then reported on her progress. She plans to start an advisory committee of parents, teachers and community members to discuss direction for the gifted program in Monroe Local Schools. State requirements are that gifted students must be identified in grades K-12. As of this year, our school will be servicing those identified in fourth through sixth grades. She hopes to use the state required testing to identify the gifted as well as weak and strong areas of learning. This will help determine the district's course of study. She has also put into place an entry year teacher program and has signed up mentors for those teachers.

Suzi Rubin will be the media contact for the school district.

Mr. Elam will probably be recommending hiring a maintenance person to care for plumbing, electrical, carpentry and boiler repairs for the district that cannot be handled by the custodial staff.

Food service seems to be running smoothly.

Mr. Elam recommended that the two different forms necessary for prescription medication and over-the-counter medication dispensation to students be consolidated into one form requiring a doctor's signature in both cases. The school nurse will be present at the next board meeting to answer health related questions.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.

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