HICKSVILLE – Discussion of the recent Ohio House Bill 290 regarding school funding formed the first part of Monday’s meeting of the Hicksville Exempt Village Schools Education Council, as the council held its last meeting of 2021.
Treasurer / CFO Mike Ruen presented a resolution to the Board of Trustees expressing his opposition to passing HB 290, commonly known as the “Backpack Bill,” which would provide $ 5,500 per student in the Kindergarten to Grade 8 and $ 7,500 per Grades 9 to 12 student per year for a statewide voucher program.
“This would undoubtedly be detrimental to future equitable funding of schools,” noted Rueen, who added that the aforementioned figures are higher than the amount currently granted by the state. “Communities and schools are closely linked in their identities, whether through sports or academic programs or even their colors. “
The resolution was approved by the Board of Trustees, as was a resolution to temporarily extend the qualifications for the employment of individuals as substitute teachers as needed, not requiring a post-secondary degree, in accordance with to Senate Bill 1 signed by Governor Mike DeWine on October 10. 28. The council would still require these individuals to perform criminal background checks and hold a valid, non-renewable temporary substitute teaching permit. The resolution was adopted and will be effective until June 30, 2022.
The board also recognized member Craig Eiden for his 10 years of service as a board member at its last meeting when Superintendent Keith Countryman presented him with a card.
“10 years have gone by very quickly,” said Eiden. “I have always appreciated the members of the Board of Directors with whom I have served and it has been a wonderful experience for me.
The board of directors met in executive session after the meeting to consider matters concerning an employee or public official. No action was taken as a result of the session.
In other matters, counsel:
• accepted the following donations: $ 50 from Frances Lyday (high school music fund), $ 150 from Johns Manville (boys’ basketball), $ 500 from The Wholesale House (elementary school principal), $ 500 from Sweetwater Sound Inc. (high school music fund), $ 1,635.64 from the PTO (elementary principal fund) and $ 1,000 from the Ohio State Eagles Charity Fund (10K).
• approved Jessica Blasing and Kelsey Clemens as certified alternates for the 2021-22 school year.
• approved an allowance of $ 150 per event to John Adams and Eric Bassett for snow removal during non-school hours.
• Approved Gabe Inkrott and Melissa Sanders as Archery Volunteers for the 2021-22 school year.
• Heard from Middle School Principal Mike Altman that the suicide awareness meeting scheduled for December 10, which was canceled due to the school’s closure, will attempt to be held on another day. Altman also thanked Nemco, Hicksville Pharmacy, Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville Cornerstone Church, Smiles for Jess, the Shop With a Cop program and Anonymous Families in the community for their work in helping 29 local families this Christmas.