Board Meeting in Review – September 17, 2018

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The regular meeting was held starting at 6:30 p.m.

Superintendent Denney and the Board of Education welcomed guests and visitors to the meeting.

The high school’s student council representative reported their activities so far this school year to the board.  The student council has been planning homecoming activities taking place this week.  Float building is finishing up, voting for king and queen has taken place, and planning for the pep assembly on Friday is underway.  The homecoming parade will be in Hanover on Friday at 5:00 p.m.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, an elementary teacher addressed the board about the lack of space in the classrooms with large class sizes.  Another teacher questioned school board policy about animals in the classroom.  The board was updated on some upcoming events happening in the elementary, such as the Jr. Medal of Honor kickoff, Veteran’s Day Pancakes for Patriots, and Junior Achievement economics lessons being held K-5.  An elementary teacher recognized the good job being done by the custodian temporarily filling in at the elementary.

The board approved the hiring of two temporary teachers for the 2018-19 school year; Ms. Amber Buchs in kindergarten and Mrs. Jody Rooney for high school mathematics.

Mr. Karl Drake and Mr. Kyle Drake, the district’s financial auditors, presented the board with the 2017-18 annual audit.  They stated that the district was in a sound financial position, and ended the year with a +6% fund equity.

Superintendent Denney presented an update on Board Goals #1 and #2 and the superintendent evaluation, which will take place in November.

The annual trip by the music department to the Music Showcase at Cedarville University for band and choir students was approved by the board.

The proposed bond issue was discussed.  Superintendent Denney has been meeting with Mark Hubbard to talk about some large items that should be addressed, such as boilers, heat controllers, and the cost of a new practice gym vs. competition gym.  More details need to be worked out and will be presented to the board during future meetings.

Superintendent Denney reported to the board members on the following:

  • We’ve had a good start to the school year so far.
  • Thank you to teachers, administrators, and staff for a smooth transition with the new hires.
  • Enrollment today stands at 1146.  After count day, we may be able to look at some curriculum options.

The board members commented on the following:

  • Welcome to our new teachers and aides.
  • Thank you to Barb Meyers, who had a big hand in getting new sound systems for the elementary and middle school at very little cost to the district.
  • Has Hanover-Horton explored the free lunch/breakfast programs that other schools have in place?
  • Suggested looking into the possibility of restoring some kind of life skills classes in the high school.
  • Thank you to Superintendent Denney and all staff of Hanover-Horton for their commitment and a job well done.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:02 p.m.

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