CAREY — The Carey Board of Education made nearly $134,000 worth of budget cuts for the 2013-14 school year at its meeting Monday night.
Between accepting the retirement of high school business teacher Dennis Oman, effective May 31, not renewing six supplemental contracts, and five other areas, the school district should save $133,796.93 for the upcoming school year.
The school also passed a resolution to file a waiver the body mass index screening requirement for the 2012-13 school year.
“We’ve waived this every year since its inception,” Superintendent Mark Vehre said. “There’s a lot of debate as to why we should do this for our students with the measure they use and the accuracy of it in the first place. The water buoyancy is the most accurate test of the body mass index there is. To put students through that is not the best thing for them.”
Carey is still looking into a research and development project to get better technology into the hands of its students.
“There’s a push to get a laptop into every student’s hands or some type of device, like a hand-held device, like the iPad,” Vehre said. “Some schools have taken that approach. There’s a team … that went to Sandusky Perkins for a presentation on one-on-one laptops and will be going to Defiance on Thursday for the iPad initiative to get information on that as well. … We also want to see how they funded it.
“As everyone knows, it’s the wave of the future,” he added. “To say we’re not going to use it here at the school would be a miss. It’s that simple.”
Mold testing results came back to Vehre and the board with some surprising results.
“I think everyone thought this was going to blow us out of the water and we were going to have fungi growing (in the basement of the school), which would be detrimental to the lives of everyone in the building,” Vehre said. “That’s not the case.”
After comparing the outside air to air within the building, the school tested for lower mold contents than the outside air, which is what should occur.
“We have no areas where it’s worse inside than it is outside,” Vehre said. “What we do have is a couple of areas that are at high levels, … which means it’s at the same level as outside. That was in the auditorium down by the stage. Underneath the stage, where I expected it to be high, was not. It’s higher, but is only about half the level as it is outside.”
The Blue Devils’ prom is 7 p.m. Saturday with a 6 p.m. start for walk-ins at the Shrine Cafeteria.
“The walk-in will be a little bit different,” High School Principal Peter Cole said. “Chief (Daniel) Walter has asked us that we not come across the street, because it holds up the traffic. So the kids will come across the street and wait on the side of the cafeteria, where we will â€˜L’ them in and bring them across. Stan (Stombaugh) will block off a red carpet walkway for those attending so people don’t crowd.”
The school board also:
— Recognized DECA students for competing at the state level and for advancing four groups to the International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City at the national level.
— Recognized Coach Marty Baker and the ninth grade boys basketball team on winning the Midland Athletic League ninth grade tournament.
— Approved a cooperative agreement with the Northwest Ohio Educational Technology Foundation for Basic Educational Technology Services.
— Approved an overnight field trip to the State FFA Convention in Columbus on May 3-4.
— Provided $125 for the DECA adviser and each DECA student who qualified and is competing in the National DECA Competition in Salt Lake City from April 28-May 1.
— Ratified action of the board of education at the special board meeting of march 14 to approve resolution No. 60-2012, approving TFC Architects and Engineers recommendation to accept the “lowest responsible bid” and award a contract to Capitol Aluminum and Glass Corporation for the window project. The board approved $199,160 for the project, of which $153,200 will cover the bid and $45,960 will be allowed for contingencies.
— Approved 17 teacher contracts for the 2012-13 school year.
— Approved seven non-certified contracts for the 2012-13 school year.
— Approved 38 supplemental contracts for teachers and non-teachers for the 2012-13 school year, contingent on the completion of all paper work.
— Approved Eileen Roszman as senior class adviser and junior high volleyball coach for the 2012-13 school year, contingent on the completion of all paper work.
— Approved volunteers: Katie Fazekas and Lacie Sherman, softball; Ben Enders, Tricia Nash, Jerrod Savidge, Doug Stombaugh and Holly Wentling, track; contingent on the completion of all paper work
— Approved Mike Roszman as a volunteer seventh grade girls basketball coach for the 2012-13 school year, contingent on the completion of all paper work.
— Accepted the resignation of Tami Wyatt as fall and winter concession stand adviser.
By PATRICK MASSARA