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September Board of Education meeting summary

The Ada Schools board of education met on Monday, September 19 with board members Amy Mullins, Matt Gossman, Ron Fleming and Ted Griffith present. Steve Ramey was absent.

During the “Hearing of the Public” segment, Mullins advised visitor Adam Baumgartner that he had three minutes to address the board. Baumgartner spoke about his frustrations that 7th grade football players would go two weeks without any play time. He said the email response from the athletic department did not answer any of his questions. Mullins responded that the board would contact the athletic department and that someone would get back to him.


Middle School-High School Principal Dan Lee reported on

  • Start to the year in athletics
  • Homecoming week activities
  • Students at Hardin County Fair
  • Social worker case load growing
  • School supplies drives at ATI and ONU
  • ACE Day: ONU students painted school stage

K-12 Assistant Principal Britton DeVier and Transportation Superivisor reported on

  • A good start with bus service and completion of state evacuation drills
  • Will have a bus count the first week of October; last year 315 students were transported with 6 buses and 1 van on 16 routes
  • With Tim Vernick is ramping up the schools' social media presence
  • Positive referrals program is part of the schools' culture playbook

Elementary Principal Jeremy Clark reported on 

  • Wilson factory field trip; Lions Club is funding the trip
  • 63 students have signed up for Bulldog Backpacks, weekend food from Ada food pantry
  • 11 and possibly more ONU student teachers have been placed in the Elementary school

Treasurer Kim Light presented

  • Balance of Funds
  • Monthly Check Register
  • Investment Schedule
  • Monthly Bank Reconciliation
  • 2022-2023 Federal Grant Personnel for Payroll
  • Disposal of Assets; broken and unused items from Vo-Ag shop
  • 2022-2023 Permanent Appropriations and Spending Plan

Resolution establishing educational requirments for substitute teachers for 2022-23 and 2023-2024. Passed unanimously

The board approved recommendations by Superintendent Robin VanBuskirk:

A. Volunteer drivers for 2022-2023: Tracie Amburgey, Rachel Temple, Christtina Bowden, Julie Thaxton, David Ames, Gary Wells, Kori Lochard, Dan Lee, Brittany Lee, Ken Jochims, Amy Stover, Jack Daniels.

B. Certified and Classified Substitutes for 2022-2023: Teachers Martha Nau, Taylor Shelhammer, Kylie Acheson, Lily Brautigam, Mydeala Schriber. Custodian/Bus Driver Corey Ward. Van Driver Keith Shaw.

C. Substitute pay of $19.20/hour for Bus/Van Driver

D. Supplemental Contracts for 2022-2023: Brittany Lee, Entry Year Program Mentor; David Ames, Assistant Wrestling Coach; Adam Dillon, JH Wrestling Coach.

E. Service Agreement with Midwest Regional Education Service Center for a part-time Intervention Specialist.

F. Teachers for the after school program: Camille Hesse, David Ames, Cindy Boehm and Susan Stuart.

G. Memorandum of Understanding with SAFY Lima Behavioral Health

H. Resignation of Gigi Fetter, Executive Secretary/EMIS Coordinator, effective at the end of the school year.

I. Approve stipends for co-head bus drivers Jean Conley and Sharon Shaw in the amount of $2,500.

Superintendent Robin VanBuskirk reported on 

  • Amelia Alexander crowned Harvest & Herb Festival queen
  • 2-hour delay on Tuesday - Teacher Inservice; 8:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Training teachers in IXL data tracking


Thursday, October 19 at 5:00 p.m.