BOE Briefed On Building

MINSTER — With the start of the school year on the horizon, members of the Minster Board of Education met Monday night to prepare for the 2012-13 school year.

Superintendent Brenda Boeke said she is still waiting to see if Minster Local Schools has been rated an “excellent with distinction” district.

“I did receive an e-mail today from the state board of education — they are delaying the state report cards until the auditor’s investigation is completed for those school districts that are accused of falsifying attendance information,” she said. “So we don’t know for sure when we will get them, but we’ll wait and see.”

Boeke also updated the board on the status of the Hanover Street school, noting that St. Augustine Church and the village of Minster are not interested in the building. The Hanover Street school is currently being used for community youth basketball leagues, YMCA youth basketball practice, the Minster Boy Scout Pinewood  Derby, St. Augustine Church CCD program, school spring sport indoor conditioning and for school district storage. Currently, the board is looking to sell or lease the facility and is opening up the discussion to the community, asking for further suggestions.

The board also received an update on the Minster Memorial Field renovation, which is nearing completion. Darcee Albers, treasurer of the Minster Athletic Boosters, provided more information.

“We’re very excited with what’s going on,” she said.

“We sent an e-mail out last week to ask for volunteers to help out there for Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 19 responded, and we actually had close to 40 people come. It was really amazing to see, so we got a lot of stuff done.”

The new lighting in the stadium was installed on Aug. 20. Landscaping under the bleachers has also been completed, along with the paver garden and locker rooms. The storage buildings are still in progress.

Minster Junior/Senior High School Principal Mike Lee noted that schedules had been finalized in preparation for the first day of classes, which is Wednesday. Minster High School will have eight students participating in Tri-Star, three students attending Upper Valley in Piqua and seven students participating in post-secondary this year. Lee also noted eight new students have been enrolled at the junior/senior high school building.

Minster Elementary School Principal Leanne Keller provided an update on the elementary playground. Phase I of the playground project will be completed on Sept. 16, when the “big toy” is installed.

“We are currently seeking approximately 15 to 20 volunteers to assist with installation supervised by Snider & Associates installers,” Keller noted. “We have posters displayed at the library, Minster State Bank and Wagner’s IGA to raise community awareness of the project, as we continue to fundraise for future phases.”

Keller also noted there are 13 new students registered at the elementary building for the upcoming school year: One in kindergarten, five in first grade, one in second grade, three in third grade, one in fourth grade and one in sixth grade.

During his report to the board, Tim Jay, head of maintenance, noted the high school roof will need some serious attention in the near future.

 “Probably one of the things we had this summer was the roof in the high school,” he said. “It is really starting to hit us hard. We’re having leaks where we’ve never had leaks before … We’re going to have to get a little serious and come up with a plan with what we’re going to do on the flat roof because most of it is 25-years-old plus.”

In other business, board members:

• Approved the Oktoberfest Classic 10K Run request for use of the high school for pre-race and post-race activities.

• Approved kindergarten and preschool bus routes.

• Revised the records retention schedule.

• Appointed delegates to the OSBA annual business meeting to be held on Nov. 12.

• Approved a contract with Sheakley for group pooling of workers’ compensation for Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013. The annual fee is $375 with a projected group rating savings of $9,654 before any rebates.

• Transferred $4,000 rebate earnings from the AMP Ohio lighting project at the high school from the general fund to the permanent improvement fund to offset the cost of the project.

• Approved personnel recommendations.

The next regular board meeting will be held at 8 p.m. Sept. 17 in the large group meeting room at the elementary building.