Miami East BOE approves OHSAA drone policy

By Amy Barger -

CASSTOWN — Like any new form of technology, a consumer can use a product for good — or abuse it.

The Miami East Board of Education approved the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s drone policy during Monday’s meeting. The policy states operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on the premises of the school district is prohibited during district-sponsored contests, practices, and activities under observation of the OHSAA.

Some board members expressed their opinions on drone usage and the adopted policy.

“Sad that we have to have this policy … good to have, hopefully we won’t have too much trouble with it,” board member Brandon Fellers said.

Superintendent Dr. Todd Rappold explained the troubles with drones, such as wrecking into vehicles and causing distraction.

“The intent is to follow OHSAA,” Rappold said. “It may make it more difficult to operate (drones at night).”

“I’m in favor of UAVs for commercial use, not for spying or anything like that,” said Mark Davis, board president.

Treasurer Lisa Fahncke made statements on the reported five-year forecast for the district during the financial report. She stated the overall forecast looks “very good,” but shows an estimated net cash negative of $160,000 the fifth year. The five-year forecast is all based on estimates.

“I do my estimates very conservatively,” Fahncke said. ” … (The net-cash negative) is definitely overcomable by the five-year period.” She also stated it not being uncommon for schools to have a negative cash balance during the fifth year in the forecast.

“I think you (Fahncke) are right with that $160,000. It should easily go away,” Davis said.

With state budgets for school districts determined every two years, it is never completely known what exact funds will be available.

“Anything past two years, we don’t know,” Fancke said.

Rappold stated this year as the third year for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee created by the Ohio Department of Education and recognized the efforts being done in the school district to help literacy development in students before the third grade. The district offers summer programs for second and third graders to help with literacy and have had a meeting with parents to talk about how well the program is going.

“We are hoping to ease anxiety (for parents),” Rappold said.

Rappold addressed the Veterans Day Breakfast to take place, honoring veterans and active military personnel that resides or have graduated from the school district. Spouses are welcome to attend. The breakfast will be provided at the MEHS cafeteria on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 8:30 a.m. All who wish to attend need to RSVP by calling the school office by Monday, Nov. 2.

The board approved of the following:

  • Bus routes times and mileage for the 2015-16 school year.
  • Agreement with Technical Supervision Service for the 2015-16 testing of the water treatment system at the high school and Miami East Pre-K schools.
  • A 36-month lease agreement for farm land rental with Brian Francis for over 20 acres of land for farming.

By Amy Barger

Reach reporter Amy Barger at (937) 451-3340 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.

Reach reporter Amy Barger at (937) 451-3340 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.