With the potentional for expansion, the Newcomerstown Exempted Village Board of Education took steps June 29 to purchase property adjacent to the district's property.

The board of education approved the purchase of real estate located at 676 S. River St., Newcomerstown, at a cost of $32,000.

"It's an investment because it's connected to school property," said Dan Stockier, treasurer. "We have no immediate plans for the property."

The property is located across from the superintendent's office.

In other business, the school district approved the 2009-2010 temporary appropriations. They total $4,972,700 with the general fund totaling $3,775,000. However, Stocker said these numbers are temporary and that the permanent appropriations will be approved at the September board meeting.

In other business, the board:

* Approved the one-year contract for Christopher Kaletka as the new high school chemistry and other related subjects teacher.

* Received a quote from the Ohio School Plans for the district's liability, automobile and property insurance coverage for the next school year.

* Approved resignations from John I Baker III, special education teacher at West School and LPDC Committee, and Angela Welch, food service supervisor.

* Employment of Diana Burtcher as instructional aide.

* Employee transfers of Jeffrey Guilliams to high school social studies teacher and Debbie Lower to instructional aide at the high school.

* Extracurricular contract employment of Kevin Tunning, head baseball coach; Joshua Branch, head varsity track coach; Jeff Baker, assistant track coach; Don Stevens and Brian Collins, junior high track coach; Tiffany Shaw, Majorette and Flag Corp advisor; Jeremy Lute, head wrestling coach; Bart Haswell, eighth grade boys' basketball coach; Angie Lute, eighth grade volleyball coach; Ashley Parson, eighth grade girls' basketball coach; and Lane Leedy, head softball coach.

* Approved the athletic department student handbook.

* Approved the purchase of textbooks, high school sociology, $4,750.02; high school Spanish, $136.98; high school AP English, $1,412.40; social studies K-5, $52,338.44; and social studies for grades sixth through eighth, $17,087.40.

In reports:

* Kathy Reid, East School principal, said the end of school went very well. She said the building is being cleaned and they are preparing for the next school year.

* Matt Ritzert, high school assistant principal and athletic director, said the school received the results from the sophomore class taking the Ohio Graduation Tests. The results are: Writing, 92.4 percent; reading, 84.8 percent; math, 92.4 percent; science, 77.2; and social studies, 69.6 percent. He said five more students were needed to pass the social studies portion in order to achieve 75 percent. Principal Tim Sherman will be working closely with the social studies staff to increase test scores for next spring's OGTs.

Ritzert also said the locker room renovations are under way and should be completed in the near future. He also thanked Dr. Jeff Burrier and Cathy McCrea for volunteering their time at the Physical Clinic June 6. They had 70 athletes get the required pre-participation physical exam. Also, all coaches will be attending a Coaches Clinic on Aug. 4 and 5.

The board of education will meet again Monday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m.