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DOLA — The Hardin Northern Board of Education was asked to support an upcoming levy for the Apollo Career Center at its meeting Wednesday.
Apollo Superintendent Judy Wells told the board the Ohio School Facilities Commission will pay about 67 percent of the cost of the renovation of the 1976 building.
The career center is eligible for $22 million from the OSFC, she continued, and the Apollo board is planning to do much like Hardin Northern did with its state money by renovating the building, rather than build a new facility.
“We have no interest in tearing the building down,” said Wells. “But there are serious issues which need fixed.”
There are major plumbing and electrical problems, said Wells, which may have not been installed correctly when the school was built. But the major issue is space. The curriculum has expanded since 1976, she said, and the room available is very limited.
She estimates the millage would be between .5 and one mill when the issue appears on the ballot.
Board member Mike Purdy, who represents Apollo from the Hardin Northern board, said the bond issue is needed and encouraged support for the career center.
“It needs our support,” said Purdy. “This is a great program.”
Later in the meeting, the board approved 42 graduating seniors. Superintendent Doug Roberts told the board the students completing their education at Hardin Northern this year are a “good class.”
“We are going to miss them,” said Roberts.
The board accepted the resignation of board member Bo Walter and named his daughter-in-law, Jenna Walter, to replace him on the board.
Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the board:
– Elected Charles Amweg to serve as vice president for the remainder of the year following the resignation of Bo Walter.
– Approved two-year contracts for Emily Warner and Brian Reeves. Three-year contracts were approved for Clint Sneary, Elissa Weihrauch, Erika Andrews, Pete Brunow, Jeff Hunt, Erin Klir, Brady Mast and Darlene Wilson. Ken Fish was awarded a one-year contract.
– Accepted the resignations of Dawn Frenz as integrated science teacher and Andrew Cano as head girls basketball coach. Purdy and Michelle Obenour voted against accepting Cano’s resignation.
– Approved supplemental contracts for Brady Mast as athletic director and assistant varsity girls basketball coach; Jessica Clark as assistant athletic director; Nancy Souder as head volleyball coach; Jeff Hunt as head boys basketball coach; Cling Neary as assistant boys varsity basketball coach, Keith Obenour as head football coach, Brenda Clark as head cheerleading advisor; Anne Marie Jones as assistant cheerleading advisor; Erika Andews as yearbook advisor and student council advisor; Ken Fish as honor society advisor and quiz bowl advisor; Samantha Cepullio as vocal performance director and Brian Reeves as director of the marching and pep bands.
– Approved contracts for classified employees including one year contracts for bus drivers Brett Molk and Stacie Pore; two years for bus drivers Shada Dye and Robert Dysert and head cook Patty Morris.
– Approved substitute cooks Karen Buxton, Leann Hilty, Angie Hamilton, Linda Gibson, Elizabeth Croy and Patty Dysert, Mary Frantz, Ramona Kearns and Mindi Crist; bus drivers Anna Creswell, Cindy Ferkins, Doug Roberts, Michael Jones, Pamela Thames, Paul Paullin; educational aides/secretaries Emily Crooks, Kay Potter, Linda Gibson, Mary Frantz and Elizabeth Croy; custodians Chris Bacon, Kevin Bacon, Greg Driskill, Stacie Pore, Teressa Wilson, Mike Comstock, Steve Walter, Mary Frantz, Patty Dysert, Melinda Hipsher, Curt King, Brenda Sampson and Clint Sneary.
– Approved an overnight trip to the Hardin County Fairgrounds for the FCCLA to participate in the Relay For Life on July 20.
– Approved the use of the building by the Blanchard Pleasant Buckeyes 4-H club on Sept. 16.
By DAN ROBINSON
Times staff writer