Stark school board finalizes snow removal

By John A. Ballentine

TOULON – Recommendations for snow removal bids for the upcoming winter season were given to the Stark County School Board Monday by finance committeeman Bruce West. Only two bids were received to remove snow from both school campuses in Toulon and Wyoming.

By a 7-0 vote, Wyoming Monument Company was approved to remove snow from the Wyoming elementary school at $65 per hour. Also approved were Jeff Nelson and Dave Steward to remove snow at the Toulon Junior and Senior High Schools at $75 per hour.

Jon Olmsted will be employed as a bus driver pending a successful physical, background check, and commercial driver’s license requirements. David DeWolfe, Jr. was approved pending a successful physical and background check as a custodian. Melinda Shimmin submitted her resignation as a noon supervisor.

Approval of the bus driver handbook with minimal changes to the handbook was completed.

The board approved the fiscal year 2018 audit and the recommended audit adjusted journal entries. Also approved was a contract agreement with Progressive Mastery Learning, LLC for $15,000 to implement the Grid Method-Mastery Learning system.

A contract for professional services was approved with Dr. John Closen, Dr. Lloyd Kilmer and Dr. Jerry Valentine to provide an IPI Level One workshop at the school district on Nov. 12 and 13.

Approval of an intergovernmental agreement with the Bradford School District was tabled until November due to changes being submitted to Bradford.

Enrollment numbers for Stark County schools were released for October. There are 321 students enrolled at the elementary school, 157 at the Junior High and 214 students at the high school.

On the upcoming schedule, there is no school Nov. 21-23 for Thanksgiving and no school Dec. 24-Jan. 7, 2019, for Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

The school district is applying for a waiver of the Illinois school code concerning non-resident children of employees to attend Stark County No. 100 schools tuition free.

Exterior lights of the LED type have been installed at the elementary school. This was funded through an Ameren grant and program.

The plan for the elementary school secured entrance has been drafted by the architect. It is expected to be installed by late December.

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