At Bowling Green Board of Education's meeting Tuesday, Superintendent Ann McVey recognized the work of Kelly Wicks, Sam Melendez, Coleman Howes, Dan Stutzman and Michael Hart and their efforts on the recent levy campaign.
McVey talked about the team's willingness to step up and champion important events in Bowling Green.
"We believe stronger than ever in the Bowling Green community ... and the importance of public education," Wicks said.
Also at the meeting:
-Donovan O'Neil, regional liaison with the Auditor of State, presented district Treasurer Rhonda Melchi with an achievement award for once again having a clean audit for fiscal year 2012.
-The board honored the high school quiz bowl team for ending the year with a 46-6 record. The team won the Great Lakes League and the Brain Game tournament sponsored by Bowling Green State University and WBGU-TV. The team also was a regional runner-up and a state tournament qualifier. Team members include Hailey Clifford, Joey Young, Skylar Hayes, Shawn Layden, Duncan Richardson, Chris Brickner, Andrew Codding and Amy Fan. Their coach, Tom Smathers, will retire at the end of this school year.
-The board learned the middle school, and Conneaut, Crim and Kenwood elementary food service departments each won a 2013 Clean Plate Award from the Wood County Health Department.
-Board members approved a resolution to oppose provisions in House Bill 59 that seeks to transfer public dollars to support private education.
-Contracts were given to Sarah Acors, first grade teacher; Jeremy Koehler, elementary physical education teacher; and Whitney Begue, elementary intervention specialist, for the 2013-14 school year.
-The retirement request from high school math teacher Chris Dill was accepted, effective June 30.
-The board approved lunch price increases of 5 cents for all meals except elementary student lunches, which went up 10 cents.
-Melchi gave her updated five-year financial forecast, indicating that school district income tax collection is up $99,000 more than predicted and the district received $64,600 in casino revenue. That income, plus savings from the 19 known retirees, the elimination of the HVAC position and the closing of Ridge Elementary won't keep the district out a deficit situation. She predicted the district will go into the red by over $1 million in 2013-14 and by $3.1 million the following year.
-Board members accepted donations of $1,000 from E. Kent and Mary Skibbie for a scholarship; $500 from Jonelle and Joshua Semancik for a Believe scholarship; and $335 from various donors for the drama club's International Thespian Festival trip.