M-E soccer benefit to honor Walker


By Matt Clevenger

For Miami Valley Today

CASSTOWN — The Miami East Board of Education has approved a special soccer fundraiser, to be held at Miami East High School this Wednesday, Aug. 21 starting at 5:30 p.m. Hosted by the Miami East athletic department, the event will help to raise funds for the family of Cailyn Walker, a Miami East student who passed away as a result of an accident that occured on Aug. 16 at the intersection of U.S. Route 36 and Lena-Palestine Road.

Board members approved the fundraiser during their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Aug. 19. In other business, board members also approved over $1,748 in environmental grants from the Miami County Park District to Miami East Elementary.

“Once again we are blessed to have the support of the Miami County Park District,” superintendent Dr. Todd Rappold said. “They awarded grants in excess of $1,700 for elementary and junior high students to participate in a variety of different activities.”

Board members also discussed the possibility of asking the park district for help with maintenance at the district’s land lab.

“We’re going to explore some options,” Dr. Rappold said. “Part of the problem with the land lab is the entrance; it’s hard to get in there. We’re going to bring the Miami County Park District in and see if we could cut a different entrance.”

Also at Monday’s meeting, board members voted to accept the resignation of fourth grade teacher Lauren Bell, effective at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 school year. The board also voted to approve the hiring of fourth grade teacher Anna Lauterbach for the 2019-2020 school year. The board also approved the hiring of Susan Blocher as clerk/cashier, starting on Aug. 5.

Board members also officially approved a list of commercial vendors who will work with the district for the 2019-2020 school year, including Klosterman’s Bakery, Nickles Bakery and Aunt Millie’s, Reiter Dairy, Gordon Food Service and others for cafeteria bids and Aramark Sevices for dust-mops and dish towels. Kirk’s Nationalease Garage, Elliott Precision Coating and Earhart will provide bus maintenance services for the district and Grismer’s will provide tire services for all district vehicles. Paxton Communications will provide bus radios for the district.

Board members also went on to approve the district’s 2019-2020 bus stop schedule, and the receipt of more than $3,000 in donations from the Miami East Education Foundation to the elementary, junior high and high school principals’ funds and the Miami East FFA program. Board members also voted to accept a $300 donation from HUDL/Tracy Frock for the Miami East athletic program.

“These were last year’s grants,” district treasurer Lisa Fahncke said. “This year, the Miami East Education Foundation awarded $9,000 to our personnel for various classroom projects.”

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Miami East Board of Education will be held at Miami East High School at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16.