LISBON - The Beaver Local Board of Education held a combined organizational meeting for 2013 and regular monthly meeting for January at Beaver Local High School on Wednesday evening.
Board member Bill Croxall nominated John Campbell to continue as board president for 2013. Campbell then nominated Eisenhart to serve as vice president. Both nominations were approved without opposition.
Campbell stepped into the role after previous president Brian McKenzie resigned on Oct. 10 of last year, one day after the board approved Greg Eisenhart to fill the board seat vacated by Brad Buchheit. Buchheit had resigned on Sept. 10 for family reasons.
The board opted to retain the existing meeting schedule of 6:30 p.m., the second Monday of each month in Room 2 of Beaver Local High School.
Appropriation of $7,500 for a service fund to cover the expenses of board members attending seminars or workshops, as well as paying for "other business actively incurred in the course of doing business by and for the Board" was approved unanimously.
Ohio Revised Code allows for $2 per student, up to $20,000, to be set aside in such funds. An identical amount was earmarked for the fund in 2012, with $558 spent.
In his report to the board, treasurer Robert Barrett stated that the district had received the first of its share of casino revenues due from the state. Barrett said that the amount, $41,230 was very close to district estimates in the area of $41,700.
Croxall asked about the frequency of the payout. Barrett said it was due twice per year, in August and January, but that the figure will change since it was calculated from the revenues of two casinos, Cleveland and Toledo. A third opened in Columbus last October, with a fourth scheduled to open in Cincinnati in March.
In addition, Barrett said the state is set to issue a new formula for school funding this year, which he said could divert the casino revenues into the state's Lottery Profits Education Fund. "We don't know what's going to happen," he said.
In his report, Campbell stated that representatives from Olsavsky Jaminet Architects had given a presentation to the Building and Grounds Committee during its most recent meeting on Dec. 27. He said that part of the presentation included what he called a "stretched-out" timeline for the stages of the design process of the new school building. Said that the board was planning to hold a public meeting at the end of January or early February to inform the public of the progress that has been made so far.
"Right now, we're on schedule," Polen added.
Croxall suggested that the committee contact the East Liverpool Area Youth Baseball Association and inform them that the Beaver Local Ball Fields, the former Old Timers Baseball Complex on Bell School Road, would not be available for their use during the coming season. "We're probably not going to have them available," he said. "I think it would only be fair to let them know." Polen replied that would call them on Monday.
The board approved a quote from 1st Choice Energy Services of New Philadelphia to supply the district with heating oil for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year. The move was necessitated by the district's existing supplier, Hays Oil Co. of East Liverpool, going out of business.
In other business:
* Campbell and board member Pat O'Hara volunteered to serve as district liaison and student achievement liaison, respectively, to the Ohio School Board Association for 2013.
* Polen passed out certificates of recognition to each of the board members for their service to the district. January is National School Board Recognition Month. "I'd like to thank you for doing this thankless job that you do," Polen said.
* In personnel matters, the board accepted the resignation of Peggy Henderson Murphy as media center specialist, effective Jan. 3, 2013.