N. Baltimore rejects bid for former school site PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:50
NORTH BALTIMORE - The school board turned down a bid for its property on Second Street, and may list the land with a realtor.
After a 25-minute executive session to discuss hiring and the land sale, the board voted 4-0 to not accept a $68,000 bid from Charlie Kelley, the highest of three bidders at a sale held Saturday.
Board member Jaimye Bushey was absent from the meeting.
Kelley operates Bob Kelley Chevrolet Buick on South Main Street in the village, one block east of the former middle school/high school site on Second Street.
The district demolished the school this summer. The bid for the work was around $200,000 but final costs have not been received, according to district Treasurer Eve Baldwin.
The district is only responsible for 41 percent of that cost, as the balance will be paid by the Ohio Schools Facility Commission, which also helped fund the new middle school/high school that opened in the fall.
The four-plus acres for sale has been appraised, but Baldwin said this morning she was waiting on the decision from the district's attorney as to whether they can release that amount.
The other bidders were village resident Doug Wickard and Reinke Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, on West Water Street across the road from the property for sale.
As for listing the property with a realtor, "that's probably the direction we'll go, but we haven't confirmed it at this point," Superintendent Marlene North said this morning.
"We don't have to sell it," she added. "We have decided that we're not going to give it away for less than what we feel is reasonable."
Also at the meeting, the board hired Greg Bishop as the new varsity football coach; Rachel Ousley as varsity volleyball coach; Jeff Miklovic as varsity golf coach; Bradlee Rowlinson as varsity cross country coach; and Jesse Thomas a varsity girls and boys track coach.
The board also accepted two retirement resignations: Janet Kominek and Kim Conkle, both elementary teachers, both effective at the end of this school year.
Also at the meeting, the board:
•    recognized Allison Beaupry, high school choir; Andrew Shelton, junior high band; and Cody Switzer and Brittany Daughenbaugh, both high school band, for their performances in the OMEA District I competition.
•    approved an agreement with Owens Community College for academic dual enrollment collaboration for the 2013-14 school year.
Principal Bob Falkenstein said students have been tested in English and math, and he'll analyze the results before making a decision on which classes to offer in the fall. The classes are taken online, he added.
•    accepted a donation from Anthony Mulholland of bumper plates for the weight room, valued at $554.
•    learned there will be a fire truck parade, starting at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Great Scot on Deshler Road (Ohio 18) to honor Dalton Ishmael, who is competing at the state wrestling tournament this weekend in Columbus.
•    learned first-grader Sara Casey entered a kindness contest for one of the Newtown, Conn., students. Sara and her classmates, with the help of her mother Mary and grandmother Sharon Casey, prepared a pink quilt and entered it in the contest. She and seven other top entrants were invited to Newtown this past week, where she received tickets to a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game.

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