LIBERTY CENTER — The Liberty Center Local Schools Board of Education Monday discussed updates to agreements due to the rescheduling of staff COVID-19 vaccinations.
Superintendent Richie Peters said he met with Liberty Center Classroom Teachers Association (LCCTA) representatives following the rescheduling of the clinics. The clinic for the school was scheduled for the previous Friday, but because recent snow storms prevented the vaccines from reaching the Henry County Health Department in time, it is now scheduled for this Friday.
“It was no one’s fault,” Peters said. “With the weather, it got stuck and (the health department) was not able to get it in time.”
The board’s agenda included a memorandum of understanding with the LCCTA based on a calendar modification due to the clinics.
Peters said the memorandum as previously written will still be honored because its intent remains the same. He said the memorandum was written to change two students dates to professional development dates, and although the specific dates are changed, the matter of classifying those two dates remains the same.
The change of dates did impact another item on the board’s agenda, which was to approve a revised school year calendar. This item was taken off the agenda so the appropriate alterations can be made for board action during its March meeting.
Peters confirmed with the board the vaccines arrived at the health department, noting since it is the Moderna vaccine, the second dose will be administered March 26. That means a second professional development day will be held during the second clinic and students will not report to school that day.
In other business, the board approved agreements with the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center (NwOESC).
The board ratified a revised foundation deduction agreement with NwOESC for special education services for fiscal year 2021 in the amount of $539,960.37. Treasurer Jenell Buenger reported this comes in at approximately $89,000 more than estimated, but that is due to student enrollments in areas such as preschool and the use of independent education consultants (IECs).
The board also approved an agreement for NwOESC services from July 1-June 30, 2022 at a cost of $686,832.05. Buenger said the increase was attributed to the same reason as the previous agreement.
An NwOESC service agreement for autism diagnostic observation schedule services was also approved from Aug. 15, 2020-June 15 at a rate of $88.60 per hour.
The board also approved treasurer reports, including the budget-to-actual report. The district is through 58% of its fiscal year, and the realized revenues are at 58.04% of projections, along with 56% for the expenditures.
In other treasurer recommendations, the board approved:
•A resolution authorizing the treasurer, superintendent and board to be covered by an insurance policy in lieu of executing a surety bond. Buenger reported the change is expected to save the district $200 annually.
•A donation of 2,000 masks from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation and an anonymous donation of $2,826.10 for softball uniforms.
•A resolution accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor.
•Depository agreements with Huntington Bank, Farmers & Merchants State Bank and The Henry County Bank for a period of five years, March 17-March 16, 2026.