CARDINGTON — Calling it an “incredible honor for the district and community,” Cardington-Lincoln School District Superintendent Brian Petrie, recognized Alicia McElwee, C-LHS senior, who has earned placing in the top three percent as a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist.
During the Oct. 9, meeting of the Board of Education, Petrie presented a recognition certificate from the board to the senior who took the PSAT test one year ago.
“This is extremely rare for our district,” said Petrie who thanked her parents, Bruce and Barbara McElwee and added “I don’t think I’ve ever met a more humble student.” Petrie also received word before the meeting that McElwee had finished second that day in cross country.
In other business:
• Jon Mason, district treasurer, gave the five year forecast for the district and stressed the need for passage of the income tax levy which generates $950,000 for the district. “Without that, things go south pretty quick,” he said, noting the past year has been decent with a combination of good things happening. He said that 2017 was the last of the CYT tax incentive dollars, The current income tax expires at the end of the 2018 calendar year, but will be paid in part of the year of 2019.
• Board member Chuck Jones spoke about the importance of passage of the levy.
“We have programs going on in the district and it’s very important that we get this renewal and keep the good things going in the district.”
• Approved the severance pay to Laura Carrigan in the amount of $148.03.
• The certified retirement of Richard Uyak, math teacher, effective May 25, 2018.
• Approved the negotiated agreement between the district and OAPSE $687, a three-year agreement through June 30, 2020.
• Perie thanked Wade McAvoy, who has donated a photo of the Class of 1969, which was placed in the Alumni Display case. He also recognized a donation from the Kula Foundation (Red Robin) to the Elementary School.
• A special meeting is 6 p.m. Oct. 23. Its next regular meeting is Nov. 13.