WEST ALEXANDRIA — Director of Transportation and Maintenance Jeff Tully and his staff were recognized during the Twin Valley Local Community Schools Board of Education meeting on Monday, Aug. 26. Pioneer Athletics recognized the Twin Valley facility as a “Field of Excellence.”
“We’re really proud of our facilities and it makes us feel good when other people notice them as well,” Superintendent Scott Cottingim said.
Twin Valley Invention League Coach Amanda Beneke shared with the board her student’s recent accomplishments and gave them an opportunity to learn about each invention from the students themselves.
“I had three teams go to State this year, which was phenomenal. All three teams performed fantastic. I cannot say enough good things about the kids who are in Invention League,” she said.
She added, she had two teams who placed top honors in their divisions.
The Invention League kids had the opportunity to present their inventions to the board and talk about their achievements personally.
According to Superintendent Cottingim, the district is exploring options to have Gebhart Counseling Solutions LLC back in the middle and high school.
He said, the Governor’s Budget is out and has a line item for Student Wellness and Success. The district will received $116,941 that has to be spent on student wellness. Next year, the district will receive $167,483 that will have to be spent on student wellness. This can include: mental health services and offsetting the cost of the student liaison.
“We are exploring options to see if we can, once again, have Gebhart Services back in the 7-12 building. Hopefully, those costs will be offset with some funds from Preble County Mental Health, as well as for the Student Wellness funds coming down from the State. Hopefully, next month, I will have something for you to approve,” Cottingim said.
During board member comments, two board members remarked on the Community Picnic recently held.
Board member Christine Bitner said, “I would like to express how much fun I had at the Community Picnic and how well I thought it went. Obviously, it was the second year, so they picked up where they left off, but fixed some things that didn’t work out as well. I had a really good time, I’m not sure if anyone else felt the same. It seemed a little more organized and I didn’t see any grumbling people. Everyone seemed to know what they were doing and having a good time.
“It was nice. So I would like to thank the Utsingers for all their hard work and anybody else who was involved. It was a really good time.”
“I heard a lot of positive comments. Things seemed to go a lot smoother this year. Communication was on point, and everybody knew what was going on. As [Bitner] said, hats off to the Utsingers for all they’ve done, as well as all the other staff members involved,” Board member Jason DeLong said.
During staff reports, Tully talked to the board about summer cleaning and various projects. He added, the first day of school went smoothly.
Director of Instructional Technology Derrick Myers informed the board they replaced various computers throughout the school, including: 50 staff computers, computer lab computers, and 150 Chromebooks. This year, instead of recycling old equipment, Myers tried GovDeals.com and sold the equipment at auction. They made over $5,600 on GovDeals.com this year.
According to K-6 Principal Patti Holly, her enrollment number this year is at 422 students. She added, teachers grade second through sixth will be MAP testing their students to establish baseline data and set goals for each student. Kindergarten will begin to establish baseline data using KRA and bench marking in both reading and math. All baseline data will be completed by the end of September.
The PTO has also agreed to purchase Twin Valley South t-shirt for all elementary students, which Holly hopes will help teach students school spirit.
In other business:
•The board approved donations from Les Maggard in the amount of $500 for athletic facility improvements, Sarah’s Pizza in the amount of $200 for the elementary school, and Gratis FOE #4289 Auxiliary Social Fund in the amount of $250 for lunches for students.
•The board adopted a motion to transfer $1,500 from the general fund to award three $500 scholarships to members of the class of 2020.
Twin Valley Community Local Schools’ next board of education meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m. in the TVS Media Center.
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