POMEROY —Tax rates as determined by the Meigs County Budget Commission were accepted, and the necessary tax levies were approved for certification to the County Auditor for fiscal year 2014 by the Meigs Local Board of Education at its Tuesday night meeting.
They are as follows: general 3.80 mills (inside) and 16.20 (outside-voted); bond retirement levy, 3.95 mills (voted) and new building capital maintenance levy, .50 mills (voted). The money generated through the tax levies, along with funding which comes from state and federal agencies, plus any grants coming into the system fund the educational program of the Meigs Local School District’s schools.
In another action, the Board acknowledged a grant of $500 from the Exxon Educational Alliance which had been applied for by MHS Principal Steve Ohlinger for the math and science programs. The Board also entered into an agreement between Holzer Health System and Meigs High School to provide oversight of the Ohio University athletic trainer for the 2012-14 academic team and to accept the corresponding $10,000 stipend to offset that program.
Personnel matters handled during the meeting including hiring David Hoover as high school assistant track coach and Dreama English as Middle School assistant track coach for the 2013 season, and accepting Tyler Brothers as a volunteer track coach, all as recommended by Mike Kennedy coach.
Reports were given by Paul McElroy on building maintenance, by Dean Harris, transportation director, on fuel costs and employee attendance. He also announced a training session March 25-28 for a basic course on bus driving which is the place aspiring school bus drivers must start becoming qualified to drive a bus. He also mentioned the traffic problem at the intersection of Routes 7 and 124 where the high traffic count impedes traffic, including buses, entering Route 7.
Matt Simpson, technology coordinator, demonstrated a new piece of equipment, reported on current computer use, and announced recycle day to take place in early summer.
Moving into executive session, there was a discussion on hiring and compensation of personnel as well as the disposition/sale of property.
Attending were Superintendent Rusty Bookman, Treasurer/CFO Mark Rhonemus, and Board members, Ryan Mahr, Larry Tucker, Ron Logan, Todd Snowden and Roger Abbott.