By Sheryl Roadcap
For the Daily Call
PIQUA – The Piqua City School Board of Education meeting covered various aspects Thursday evening from welcoming newly hired assistant superintendent David A. Larson, to more updates on the school building project, to continued explanation of the great need for the passage of the permanent improvement renewal levy on the May ballot.
At the top of the meeting, Superintendent Rick Hanes extended a sincere thank you to all of the school’s business partners by recognizing “all of their contributions” during the meeting’s monthly celebration of the schools.
Within the superintendent’s report, the first thing covered was some brief information about the Nicklin Learning Center Kindergarten booklet, which was sent out in the mail but also is available on the school’s website at www.piqua .org or at the Nicklin Learning Center. Piqua’s kindergarten kick-off was a few weeks ago and starting in April they plan to begin their kindergarten screening.
The next item discussed was the introduction of the document of recommendation for the strategic planning process plan that is revised each March, and is what “guides the decisions of the district.” Hanes pointed out that this is a collaborative process between himself and the administrative team, as well as staff and the collaborative leadership team within each school building. They will begin work, make recommendations, and receive input from the community to refine the plan; the information is available online and the community is encouraged to participate.
Next, the district’s building project update was given, which is continuing to proceed on time and on budget.Giving presentations to the board on Thursday were Matt Niemeyer of Gilbane Construction Management Company, Vonda Alberson of Fanning/Howey Architectural Firm and Curt South, Owner Representative for Piqua City School DistrictHanes said that they “are a great team that has worked long hours this week.
Tours will be given April 27 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the new Springcreek Primary School. Closed toed shoes and pants are required, as it is still a construction site.
Last business discussed was the PowerPoint presentation on the permanent improvement renewal levy on the May 6 ballot. The board stressed that this is not new tax, but a replacement. Hanes also said that he and treasurer Jeremie Hittle would be happy to go out and give this presentation to whoever would like for them to do so. Money from the levy assists the district in handling necessary repairs and maintenance.
Treasurer Jeremie Hittle explained the great importance of levy monies being put it “towards their needs” in the schools. He reiterated that the district is not asking for an increase in taxes, but to continue to be able to operate and maintain facilities. He said that if the levy doesn’t pass, then there will be $696,000 less to maintain the schools, especially at the high school, and the money would come from the operating funds, which “would cause a drastic change within their classrooms.”
Coming up on Monday is the tri-agency meeting at the high school in the commons area at 6 p.m. The next regular board meeting will be on April 24 at 7 p.m., preceded by a board work session at 5 p.m.