Fundraiser Nearly Nets $5,000 for NK

NEW KNOXVILLE — Principal Linda Tebbe announced that the Kroger Technology Fund has raised almost $5,000 since its inception at the Board of Education meeting Monday night.

“We’ve collected almost $5,000 since May,” she said. “It’s just unbelievable.”

In her report to the board, Tebbe noted that since May, the fund has raised $4,891.75 for New Knoxville Local School. So far, $2,308.78 has been spent on a variety of technology items including smart pens and smart boards. Tebbe said two more smart boards are scheduled to be purchased in January.

“We’re hoping by January to buy two more (smart boards),” she said, noting that the goal is to have a smart board in each grade level. “We’ll just keep them coming.”

Board Member Shawn Egbert thanked area residents for their participation.

“I want to say thanks to everyone for using their Kroger cards,” he said. “It helps a lot.”

Tebbe recognized the work of Terry Halko and the student council to organize the school’s annual Veteran’s Day program, held Nov. 11. This year, 65 veterans were honored at the annual program.

“It’s a really, really neat program,” she said.

Board Member Phil Kuck also thanked the event’s organizers.

“I just want to say thanks to Mr. Halko and the student council for putting together the Veteran’s Day program,” he said. “I know it just keeps getting bigger. It helps honor the veterans but I also think it helps make the kids aware of who their grandparents are or their aunts or uncles, whoever it may be. It helps them understand a little more.”

Board Member Brian Lammers noted that the program is beneficial.

“That generation we’re honoring, they stay a little more connected to our school, there are just so many benefits to that (the program),” Lammers said.

Tebbe also recognized several New Knoxville students who were named winners of the American Legion Americanism Test, two students chosen to represent New Knoxville at the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program and students who were named Student of the Nine Weeks.

Tebbe applauded parents who have helped volunteer their time for school programs including COSI on Wheels and the Scholastic Book Fair.

“There’s a couple of these things that take a phenomenal number of volunteers,” she said. “A lot of parent volunteers make those things happen and we really appreciate them.”

Board members authorized the athletic director to write checks for the athletic department.

“This is only for officials and entry fees,” Treasurer Marcia Wierwille said. “I will still balance the checking every month and oversee it. That will free up some of my time, and if there’s a change of an official, he can do that.”

In other business, board members:

• Approved the meeting’s agenda.

• Approved the minutes of the Oct. 24 meeting.

• Approved the financial report.

• Approved the employment of Dennis Henschen, substitute teacher, John Bernstein, substitute teacher, Julie Smith, educational aide, and John Dircksen, substitute custodian.

• Approved the supplemental employment of Brent Lauth, assistant baseball coach, and Ron Reineke, varsity baseball coach.

The next regular meeting of the New Knoxville Board of Education will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 19, following the Winter Music Concert, in the media center.