WEST LAFAYETTE — Superintendent Mike Masloski announced during an administration presentation at the Ridgewood Local Schools Board of Education meeting Friday morning that Ridgewood Elementary School is a recipient of the 21st Century and Proving Ground grants.
The 21st Century Grant is awarded for five years with an annual award of $250,000.
The grant provides instruction and programs after school. All three Ridgewood schools are now recipients of thegrant, according to Masloski.
In other business:
Oren Griffith, of West Lafayette, thanked the board for its cooperation in making the 72nd West Lafayette Homecoming and fireworks show a success. The event was held on school grounds.
Custodians, maintenance staff, building and grounds workers, technology employees, bus garage personnel and the central office staff including secretaries were praised for their work and dedication to prepare the schools for a successful start to the 2019-2020 school year.
Following an executive session to discuss personnel and compensation, Jay Tingle gave the treasurer’s report.
The board approved the financial report, bill payments, Schoolwide Pool Fund, Then and Now certificates and purchase orders exceeding $15,000, including SERS ($32,770.33) and STRS ($68,400).
Approval was also given for $96,000 in federal and state programs funds for Early Childhood PreSchool, a change in funds for the Ridgewood High School athletic fund, Ridgewood Middle School Student Council and central office.
Donations received were from the estate of Glenn E. Johnson, $148,964.20; Kim Jones, $500 to RES; Jones Metal, $2,200 to RHS; S&S Infinite Mobile Director of Sales Tom McVay, 100 book bags and supplies to RES and RMS; Amber Border McCoy, 200 book bags (Cinch Saks), Flat Broke to RES school supplies; and Buckeye Beverage Barn (customer collection), $557.
A correction to July 12 accepted donations is an anonymous donation to Ridgewood Local School District athletics (baseball) for pizza, estimated value of $221.54.
Other approvals by the board included:
• Appropriations and estimated revenue for FY 2020 and Locker room Financing with Peoples Bank for $635,000 at 2.80 percent not to excel 10 years. The following items were
• Mary Lou Schwartz bus driver, 5.5 hours per day.
• Classified substitutes Daniel Kinsey, Elaine Haynes, Brice Hains and Eliza Haynes.
• Voluntary Transfers for 2019/20 school year include Ron Berkshire to RMS afternoon custodian; Sharon McCormick to RES cafeteria, and Robin Mullen to RES custodian (4 hours), Heather Wilson to RHS Custodian (1 to 9 p.m.).
• Unpaid leave of absence for Julie Feldner for 2019/20 school year.
• Additional period for Jane Buehler (8/9 daily) at Ridgewood High School.
• Agreement with ECO ESC for 2020.
• Savannah Slusser long-term substitute in eighth grade social studies.
• East Holmes School District to educate a Ridgewood student for 2019-20 school year.
• Agreement with Coshocton County Board of DD.
• Home instruction teachers Maria Prater and Wendy Croy.
• Provide career technical education to seventh and eighth grades due to the impracticality of the program.
• Calamity day alternative make–up plan.
• FFA overnight trip to a national contest in Springfield, Mass., Sept. 12-15.
• Bus routes as presented including Ernie Yoder, bus driver for East Holmes LSD from 8-9:30 a.m., Tim Grace, Coshocton County Career Center route, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., as needed.
• Volunteers Kristina Allen, band/music; Dan Smith, volleyball; and David Hochstetler, band.
• Rescind the supplemental contract of Shane Stiteler, Ridgewood middle school assistant football coach.
• Supplemental Contracts for 2019-20 school year, including John Lindig, marching band (65 percent); John Browning, percussion; Cassandra Webster, ninth grade volleyball; Andi Dobbins, seventh grade volleyball (50 percent); John Slusser, spring and summer conditioning; Jacqueline McPherson, RMS Student Council; Debbie Carpenter, RMS Accelerated Reader; Devin Lusk, RMS assistant football coach; Hope Johnson, RHS band; Steffinee Powers, eighth grade volleyball; Chelsey Tolliver, seventh grade volleyball (50%); Chad Lahna, fall and winter conditioning; Jacqueline McPherson, RMS Yearbook; Gordon Arney, RES Student Council; Jeff Larr, RES Accelerated Reader; Local Professional Development Committee members Jeff Larr, Linda Ondayko, Rebecca Wells, Matt Colvin and Lori Cabot; and SLO (Evaluation Committee) Troy Dolick, Kimberly McKibben, Matt Wells, Bryan Raach, Todd Stoffer.
• Mentor/Mentees include Wendy Croy-Ryan Lowe; Jeff Larr – Ashley Mason; Wendy Croy – Jennifer Hall; Kelly Conner-Rachel Endlich; and Penny Mast- Savannah Slusser;
• Extended Service Days for Jill Bryan, 10; Jamie Davis, 10; Sue Davis, 60; Leslie Dulgar, 10; Stacy Ionno, 20; John Lindig, 10; Mike Ondayko, 10; and Logan Pyers, 60.
• Biddy Basketball, Biddy Football, Biddy Wrestling, Ridgewood Recreation and Soccer Club to use the facilities.
• Sealed bids for fuel from Hahn Oil.
• Bus bids to participate in META and OMERESA bus bidding for FY 2020.
• Salary increase for Todd Stoffer, RHS principal, to $ 82,000.sssss
• Construction of the Fieldhouse/locker room project to include the batting cages with board members Mathews, Folkert and McCrea voting in favor while Nay and Riebesell voted no.
The board will next meet in regular session on Monday, Sept. 16 in the administration building, 301 S. Oak Street in West Lafayette.