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Board members recognized at January meeting

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The 2023-2024 Licking R-VIII School District Board of Education, from left, seated: Heidi Moloney, two years of service, Rawly Gorman (President), 11 years of service; and Debbie Cook, three years of service; standing: Alan Quick (Vice President), six years of service; Colton Lewis, three years of service; and Jeremy Rinne (Secretary), five years of service.

At the January business meeting of the Licking R-VIII School District Board of Education, members were recognized for their volunteer service on the board. School districts across the state honor the contributions of their boards each year during the month of January.

The Board heard and approved several program evaluations during the meeting on Monday, January 8. The following programs were reviewed:

Counseling program

Library program

Family and Consumer Sciences/FCCLA

Vocational Business/FBLA

Vocational Agriculture/FFA

Alternative programs/LEAD-Bridges-ASP

Preschool/Wildcat Early Learning Center

School improvement ideas created by students were shared. This year’s suggestions for improvements included bathroom renovations for the high school building, healthy vending machine options for the Junior High and High School, re-establishing the Gifted Program, digital tablets for Art Programs, and the addition of an Enrichment/Study Hall hour to the High School schedule.

The PTO Report was submitted to the Board. The PTO provided student supplies for elementary students again this year, but limited membership and funding has led to concerns for its continuation.

MSBA policy updates were approved by the Board.

The Board approved the allocation of some of the remaining ESSER-III funds for updated and more efficient lighting in the high school gym, and updated speakers in the high school gym.

The Board scheduled a community meeting to gather input for future planning. It will be held January 30, 2023, at 6 p.m. in the High School library.

Superintendent Telena Haneline reported the following resignations were approved during closed session: Mrs. Toni Melton, paraprofessional; Ms. Regan Miller, paraprofessional; Ms. August Huff, paraprofessional; Mr. Nathan Buckland, special education teacher (effective at the end of the school year); and Mrs. Kaylon Buckner, JH boys’ basketball coach only.

Hiring of the following was approved: Mrs. Kim Sherrill-Sims, paraprofessional; Karoline Young, paraprofessional; Heather Lyons, paraprofessional; and Josie Yerk, paraprofessional.

Also during closed session, the Board reviewed principal evaluations and finalized the superintendent’s evaluation.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 12, 2024, at 6 p.m. Staff Members of the Month for January were not honored at the January meeting due to the wintry weather, and will be recognized at the February meeting.


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