EATON — The Eaton Community Schools Board of Education met on Monday, May 9, to recognize students, staff, and all recent contributors to the school.
One student recognized for his excellence was Connor Jones. Jones was the fifth grade DARE Essay Contest winner. Some 134 students wrote essays for DARE, one winner was picked from each classroom, and then one overall winner was selected.
Jones read his essay aloud to the board. Jones’ essay portrayed a situation many young kids may face and discussed how to evaluate the situation. Jones’ essay explained how to get out of situations involving drugs, alcohol, or vaping. It also touched on other issues like bullying and stress.
“I now know the health impacts of bad products like alcohol, drugs, and tobacco,” he said.
Also recognized was Austin Peace, for being a State Swim Qualifier for the 200 IM.
The Eaton women’s basketball team and coach were recognized in front of the board for being the Southwest District champions.
The men’s basketball team and coach were recognized as the SWBL West Division champions.
The board was happy to congratulate all the students for their hard work throughout the school year.
In his Miami Valley Career Technology Center report, Terry Parks congratulated National Technical Honor Society students and the nominated teachers from the home school for being recognized at MVCTC. Eaton had a total of 14 students inducted to the program. Each student was allowed to honor a teacher from their home school to attend.
In the superintendent’s report, Jeff Parker thanked all of “our teachers, our secretaries, our aids, our custodians, our food service workers, our administrators, our nurses, our bus drivers, our maintenance workers,” and everyone else who works to make the school a successful district.
Parker went on to explain, “You win with people,” because the people that make up the school district make it successful.
The meeting continued with a report reminding the board that summer school is approaching and the district will be providing transportation for the students. With 250 students invited, approximately 91 students had responded, according to officials.
In her report, Treasurer Rachel Tait explained the five-year financial forecast for the school. The forecast is a projection of the general fund, assessing how the district can spend money in the future and including revenue and expenditures. Approximately 47 percent is state funding, income tax is approximately 22 percent, real estate tax is approximately 26 percent, and the small remaining portions are local revenue sources, according to Tait. For the projected expenditures, about 53 percent is made up of wages and benefits make up about 22 percent. “We are a very labor-intensive organization,” Tait said.
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