Mount Gilead Board of Education approves 2017 appropriations

By Zach Jones - [email protected]

Following suit of school districts throughout the state during the month of September, the Mount Gilead Board of Education passed the district’s appropriations for the upcoming fiscal year.

Ohio Revised Code states that each district in the state must submit its appropriations by Oct. 1 for the following year.

The unanimously approved measure estimates $13,243,759.30 will need to be allocated to the general fund for fiscal year 2017.

Additionally, members of the board approved district employee insurance rates for the coming year.

“Insurance rates are going to be a zero percent increase,” Mount Gilead Exempted Schools Tresurer Trevor Gummere said. “I don’t know of many districts that have experienced that.”

School officials further explained Mount Gilead is bucking the trend present in other districts throughout Ohio. Most of which have seen an insurance rate spike over the past few years.

“Over past six or seven years we have had a decrease in insurance costs,” Mount Gilead superintendent Jeff Thompson reiterated. “The amount of money that it is saving our district is phenomenal.”

Middle school

Principal Jon Grega informed the board that the Mount Gilead Middle School has received a $4,000 grant from Dollar General to support the literacy programs at the schools throughout the country.

The Middle School will use the newly received grant to purchase mini i-Pads for its reading intervention program.

Park Avenue Elementary

A group of students at the elementary school, along with District Librarian/Media Specialist Deb Logan, presented the board with information about the student engagement program ‘The Idea Lab’ that is going on at the school.

The ‘Idea Lab’ utilizes a number of additional mediums like YouTube and outside interactive presentations to get students interested in learning.

Music boosters

Representatives from the Mount Gilead Music Boosters reminded those in attendance of their fundraising effort taking place at the Morrow Little Theatre on Sept. 25.

The proceeds goes to help replace student instruments.

By Zach Jones

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