The NCOE Board of Education invited the District coaches to the May meeting to discuss the growing problem of sportsmanship and behavior and what policies for coaches, players and fans that need to be established. After a lengthy discussion, the administrators and coaches will be putting a policy together over the summer to insure that NCOE will be represented in a positive way at extracurricular events in the future. These policies will be explained during the upcoming parent-player meetings held prior to the season.
The school year is quickly coming to a close. The Grade School band held a concert Monday evening. The Ministerial Alliance had celebrations Tuesday evening for 8th grade and Senior Graduates at Crossroads Church. Wednesday was Baccalaureate and Thursday was Senior Awards with over $380,000 given out in scholarships. High School Graduation will be tonight at 7 in the gymnasium, followed by a Drug-and-Alcohol Free party with pizza at Mackie’s in Harrisburg and a movie in Marion, and prizes for all graduates to be given out.
Eighth grade Graduation will be Tuesday at 6 for NCO and 7:30 for Booth. Pre-K and EC completion programs will be May 26 at 10 a.m. at Booth. Both Kindergartens will hold their ceremonies on Friday, May 27 at 9 a.m.
The last day for student attendance will be Tuesday, May 31 with dismissal at 2 p.m. School will resume on Wednesday, August 17.
In personnel moves, the Board accepted the resignation of Seamus Smith as High School math teacher and coach. Mr. Smith has accepted a teaching position at Mt. Carmel High School for next year.
The Board also accepted the retirement letter from Unit Secretary//Treasurer Carol Skaggs effective December 30. Andy Sutter has resigned as the High School Assistant Baseball coach for next season. He will continue as Grade School coach. Stevey Ukena was employed as the Grade School Cheer sponsor for next year.
Michelle Eisenhauer will move next year from Jr. High Language Arts to second grade, replace Karen Ray who is retiring at the end of this school year. Rachel Fink was employed as the NCO Language Arts teacher at a special called meeting on May 5.
Superintendent Matt Vollman updated the Board on recent contract negotiations with the Teachers’ Union for the contract beginning August 2016. He also has met with insurance representatives and has agreed on the dental and vision insurance for next year with no change in premiums. He will be finalizing the health insurance in the next few weeks.
In other business the Board:
–held the second reading of several updated Board policies.
–Approved the Hazardous Traffic resolution for IDOT
–Will let bids for bread, dairy, cafeteria supplies and trash hauling to be considered at the June meeting.
–Set a hearing at 7 p.m. June 22 for the amended 2015-16 budget that is now on display in the Superintendent’s office.
–Adopted the Prevailing Wage Ordinance.