A five-year forecast was approved by the Greenfield Exempted Village Schools Board of Education on Monday as it and school districts across the state await the upcoming state budget and its impact.
Greenfield Treasurer Joe Smith twice a year presents a five-year forecast for approval as it is required by law each May and October.
The forecast projects a number of factors like revenues, financing sources, and expenditures. The forecast, Smith previously said, is “a snapshot in time of what we know right now.” It is affected by many variables, the largest one being the state budget. And as the state budget and other variables factor in, the projections are modified accordingly.
Following are the projected year-end balances for the next five years as well as the projected numbers in parentheses as presented in October: 2017 – $7.53 ($7.83 million), 2018 – $7.7 million ($8.24 million), 2019 – $7.2 million ($8.25 million), 2020 – $5.81 million ($7.48 million), and 2021 – $3.5 million ($5.88 million).
In other business, superintendent Joe Wills reported that he and board member Marilyn Mitchell attended a meeting regarding the placement of busts of Edward Lee McClain and his wife, Lulu.
According to Mitchell, the discussion was about the bust of Edward Lee McClain being placed where the glass-enclosed bust of Ginevra currently stands across from the marble staircase in the high school. The bust of Lulu McClain and the bust of Ginevra would then be placed on either side of the school’s benefactor.
The McClain Alumni Association has spearheaded fundraising for creation of the McClain busts, and the names of those donating $250, $500 and $1,000 will be displayed on plaques near the marble staircase, Mitchell said.
She said an unveiling of the bust of Edward Lee McClain is planned to take place during the Greene Countrie Towne Festival in July.
On a related matter, after an executive session, the board approved a motion to donate $1,000 toward the cost of the busts.
School board members recognized three students on Monday for their recognition by Crayola in a recent nationwide art contest.
According to elementary art teacher Jennifer Singleton, two Rainsboro students, Madison Harter and Anna Jo Reeves, were named finalists out of the thousands of submissions across the nation. Another student, Reagan Wisecup, also received special recognition from Crayola for her submission. The girls will each receive $200 worth of Crayola products, as will the art department at Rainsboro, Singleton said.
Also recognized by the board were district bus drivers that recently competed against bus drivers from across southern Ohio. Greenfield’s team of bus drivers placed third in the competition, which included things like an obstacle course and various types of maneuvers.
The participating bus drivers were on hand for the school board meeting. One of them said the win was a good thing for the district, which he said “took a huge black eye” earlier in the year, likely referring to when most of the district’s school buses were sidelined after inspections. He said he hoped the performance of the Greenfield district’s drivers at the competition would help “prove to the community” that the they are “a good bunch of drivers.”
Recommendations for employment as approved by the board of education are as follows: administrative two-year contracts – Kevin Little, Matt Shelton and Alisa Barrett (director of instruction); continuing contracts – Shana Burchett, Amy Crago, and Amanda VanDyke; limited contracts – Tim Gossett, Dan Raike, Cathy Rivas, Alice Teeters, Jeremy Andrews, Calee Febes, Nicholas Frazier, Jessica Gilliland, Mary Beth Goolsby, Amanda Larkin, Nicholas McNeal, Lauren Priest, Abby Roe, Jennifer Drummond-Singleton, Travis Snyder, Lori Boatman Tuttle, Jessica Williams, Jake Orr-Zody, Chris Fitzpatrick, Kellie McGlone, Katie Pryor, Jaclyn Raike, Suzanne Sharp, Mallorey Wells, Alissa Dean, Emma Gall, Hayley Lovett, Lindsey McNeal, David Weaks, Donnie Willman and Andrea Wilson.
Other approved employment recommendations were: Jeremy Andrews, football; Carolyn Arthurs, math department leader; Timothy Bolender, assistant boys basketball; Randy Closson, eighth grade football; Tracey Cokonougher, assistant athletic director, ticket manager; Loretta Flora, dramatics, high school vocal music; Tara Garman, Greenfield Elementary technology aide; Jo Ellen Gossett, annual; Jarrod Haines, girls basketball, girls golf, and senior class adviser; Drew Hamilton, junior high track; Brittany Hammonds, eighth grade volleyball; Amy Hill, Quick Recall assistant and middle school technology aide; Kassie Hutchinson, National Honor Society; Ashley Kesler, freshman class adviser and science department head; Deborah Lagorio, student council assistant; Nate Luke, high school technology aide and boys track; Nicholas McNeal, boys soccer; Jacob Orr-Zody, assistant football, girls track, and summer weight room supervisor; Vanessa Penwell, junior high football cheerleading; Rachel Poynter, Hi-Y and Quick Recall team adviser; Steve Roble, cross country, boys assistant track, student council adviser, social studies department leader; Travis Snyder, football assistant; Braden Streitenberger, language arts department leader, fall weight room supervisor; Brandon Streitenberger, boys golf; David Weaks, junior high track and assistant band director; Tati Weaks, Tigerettes; Blayne Weddington, band director; Joe Whitley, football assistant; Nate Luke, boys basketball; Emily Bunner, cafeteria and custodian; Candace Cassady, bus driver; Jenny Mustard, student council adviser; Jesse Mitchell, boys basketball; Tyler Carman, assistant girls soccer and assistant softball; Wes Smith, assistant softball; Joe Wisecup, assistant golf; Howard Zody, assistant football and weight room supervisor; Steve Barber, middle school wrestling; James Barnett III, assistant baseball; Blain Bergstrom, assistant soccer; Ed Bolender, girls softball; Audra Branham, girls basketball assistant; Richard Bunner, head baseball; Lynn Coleman, eighth grade boys basketball; Katrina Dettwiller, girls swimming; Ryan Faulconer, seventh grade football; George D. Gall, assistant baseball and seventh grade football; Wesley Haines, dramatics assistant; Jennifer Highley, assistant football cheerleading; Kevin Little, bowling; Karen Mullikin, Buckskin technology aide; Shane Paul, varsity wrestling; Shawn Peterman, girls soccer; Rachel Roman, seventh grade volleyball; Patricia Shelton, basketball and football cheerleading adviser; Ann Upp, assistant basketball cheerleading; Shane Walterhouse, assistant football; Trae Walterhouse, assistant football; Lynn Coleman, assistant baseball; and Ann Upp, football cheerleading.
The Greenfield Exempted Village School Board of Education typically meets the third Monday of each month in regular session. The meetings are open to the public. The next meeting is scheduled for June 19 at 7 p.m. at the central office boardroom.