CARDINGTON — For more than two hours the Cardington-Lincoln Board of Education considered a full agenda when they met Monday, April 11.

Approved was a resolution to be placed on the August 2, 2022 ballot, seeking renewal of an existing income tax, (three quarters of one per cent). The current\ levy expires at the end of 2023. The new levy would run five years beginning January 1, 2024. Its purpose is to provide for current operatingexpenses.

District treasurer Jon Mason’s report was approved. He discussed approval of the property tax rates and amounts as determined by the county’s Budget Commission.

“They are the recommended village rates to be charged wihin the school district. The school receives 20 mills for operation,” he said. “One mill for Permanent Improvements and 2.12 mills for the Bond Retirement Fund. The Bond Retirement millage was raised, .57 mill by the Budget Commission, in order to maintain the necessary balance for debt payments. The final debt payment for Miller Center and high school auditorium is December 2026.”

During the discussion on improvements to be made to the school parking lot, Mason said Carl Hardwock, maintenance head, had acquired some estimates of repair to the parking lot. “There are a lot of options there,”said Mason.

In response to a question from board president Matt Clinger, Mason said the last extensive work on the high school parking lot was in 2019. He added that the last time any extensive work was done on the Miller Parking lot was before 2010. Hardwick said “Every thing needs a little bit of attention.”

Hardwick reviewed the estimates he had received so far-and it was decided to continue to get bids for the project.

Giving their reports were the building principals, with many of the activities both scholastic and outside events, geared to the end of the school year. Giving reports were Scott Hardwick, elementary; Eric Petit, middle school;Joe Mills, high schoiol and Jenni Zierden,curriculum director.

Responding to board member Chad Holt’s concern about the press boxat the Merle Fisher Athletic Field, Supt Petrie described an update on the lights and press box lights installed in 1970’s and press box in early 2000’s. He noted the box is used by many other groups seving the community in several ways. Petrie said it should be shared with the community.

The lighting project was slated to be over by July, but will be delayed, he said. Fall sports will operate as usual, he said- regardless of the lights. The price is locked in and the materials are ordered.

Petrie also reviewed the vestibule project- at the high school building. He reviewed what the remodeled vestibule will look like. He had applied for a grant for this job with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, in the amount of$100,000. He has received no reply yet.

“It’s vital we get that grant,” he said.

Hardwick and Bo Christian reviewed the plan for remodeling of the rest rooms in the high school and middle school buildings, a project planned to be completed this summer.

In other matters the board approved shared services agreement for Food Services Supervision with River Valley Local School District for the 2022-2023 school year in the amont of $40,414.56.

Also approved was the lease agreement with the Goal Digital Academy from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

Approval was given the playground system purchase for the elementary school using Fy21 Stutent Wellness and Success Grant Carryover Funds through Cooperative Purchasing agreement with Mid States Recreation in the amount of $ 149,10. Members of PALS helped with this project. Personal Service Contract was approved for Brenda Miller, treasurer, up to ten days at pier diem and also approved was the classified substitute aide position of John Shindel, kitchen only, as needed.

Pupil activity contracts were approved for Andrew Meade, volunteer Track, Steve Damron, volunteer JV Baseball; and Joseth McCotter, Volunteer JV baseball, both spring 2022 and Kevin Fitzpatrick Varsity girls head basketball coach, winter, 2023.

Other board members commenting in addition to Chad Holt wereMatt Clinger, president, who complimented the Four Seasons Barn for donating their Venue for the April 29 Senior Prom Supt Petrie announced a resolution recognizing the staff and teacher agreement month of May, 2022. Board member Quinn Maceyko submitted the following more specific recognition:

May 2-6th: Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week; May 2: School Bus Driver;

Appreciation Day; May 3, Teacher Appreciation Day; May 6, School Lnnch Day; and May 11, National School Nurses Day

The board will meet in May to interview scholarship applicants and will hold the last meeting of the current school year on June 27, 2022.

By Evelyn Long

For the Sentinel