ARCANUM — An Arcanum-Butler Local School District Board of Education Meeting took place June 22.
The board approved the following: a payment of $34,593 to Stolly Insurance Group annual for fiscal year 2018 liability, fleet and property insurance; a donation from the Kindergarten Club of $2,150 for the purchase of iPads; Engaging Steve Carroll to complete the masonry work on the concession stand at a cost not to exceed $20,000; a purchase of block material for the concession stand from Wayne Builders, for a cost not to exceed $8,000; a General Fund transfer to Preschool (020-9603) in the amount of $34,765; a General Fund advance to Title I (572-9017) in the amount of $19,411.66; coaches for the 2016-2017 school year: Jason Stephan – 29 percent Head Strength Coach; Marcus Bixler – 29 percent Head Strength Coach; coach for the 2017-2018 school year Lacey Loges and Color Guard and volunteer assistant High School Football Coach for the 2017-2018 school year Greg Hale and other items.
Superintendent John Stephens said he wants to thank the entire staff for an outstanding school year, including: a special thanks to office staff and the administrative team for their efforts to complete work necessary to finish the school year, and to prepare for next year; to the Arcanum Athletic Boosters for planning the annual golf outing that took place at Stillwater Golf Course and to the Arcanum Athletic Boosters and Marcus Bixler for their efforts.
In other news, Stephens said schools are now permitted to administer Naloxone (Narcan) for an opiod overdose. He asked if it was something the school board wanted to consider. There is no needed change in policy, but there are procedures in place by law. New bus riding procedures were sent home to all students with grade cards and have been posted on the school website.
According to Middle School Principal Marcus Bixler, nearly 240 students were a part of the fourth quarter reward. These students were treated to an afternoon at Ivester Park for all their hard work during the final grading period. In addition, 42 eighth – grade students were honored with the 2016-2017 Presidential Certificate at the end of the year awards assembly, May 31. These students have maintained a minimum 3.5 GPA throughout their four years in the middle school. Bixler also reported as a part of the awards banquet this year, every middle school student wrote a paragraph nominating one boy and one girl in their grade for the Trojan Way Award. These winners share the characteristics of what make a Trojan: Respect, Responsibility and Academic Performance. Congratulations to this year’s winners: fifth grade Lily Johnting and Kollin Frazee; sixth grade Bayleigh Hensley and Aiden Psczulkoski; seventh grade Bella O’Daniel and Daniel Albright and eighth grade Grace Wooten and Trevor Bailey.
According to High School Principal Jason Stephan, 96 students graduated from the Class of 2017, June 4. Brittany Kinney was Valedictorian and Kalista Harleman was the Salutatorian. Both students delivered outstanding speeches, he said. In addition, the annual Music Awards Banquet took place at the end of the school year. Awards were given to each music student for years of service in the band. Allison Moore received the John Phillip Sousa Award. Emma Smith received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, and the Tiffany Furgason Memorial Band Scholarship was presented to Shelby Horsza. Stephan also thanked the following for the success of the fourth annual Serve Arcanum Day: Lora Brandon, Sarah Murphy, Andrew Bryant, Rachel Fearon, Terri Greve, Heather Marsh, Barrett Gruber and Alychia Wright for their outstanding effort in the planning and preparation of this event.