By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The start of the 2013-14 school year is just around the corner and the cogs of education are gearing up in the Jefferson Local School District.
During the school board’s Aug. 12 meeting, contracts were approved for new elementary teachers Kristen Kearns, Kathy Hoover and Elisabeth Marshall and long-term middle school math substitute Christopher McManus. The board accepted resignations from David Kaufmann and Rachel Thompson.
Amidst the routine hiring and bill paying, the board also accepted a whopping $50,600 in donations from a variety of organizations and businesses, including boosters, Battelle and advertisers.
A total of $22,500—divided over the course of five years—was accepted for signage sponsorships at the football field from Solar Planet, McDonald’s and Hatfield Automotive. Richard Dickerson donated $4,500 for signage sponsorship at the baseball field.
The West Jefferson Athletic Boosters donated $2,700 for high school volleyball uniforms and another $6,000 for football equipment reconditioning. The organization also donated $1,402 to the athletic department for middle school volleyball uniforms.
Battelle continued their support of local college-bound students with a $12,000 donation for six $2,000 scholarships for 2013 graduates and gave $1,500 to the high school for science calculators.
Superintendent William Mullett said that without the partnerships the district has established with businesses and organizations, donations on this scale would not happen.
“It’s a lot of money and I know it will be put to good use,” he said.
Mullett also reported on the latest energy-saving project in development with Solar Planet for the roof at Norwood Elementary.
“We’re still kicking around one minutiae of language regarding roof repair and if we have to shut it down (the solar panels on the roof) for repairs,” Mullett said. ”I’m sure we’ll get the language worked out. It was the only thing (roof installation) we didn’t have in the previous project.
“We hope to get things in order and catch a little sunshine before winter.”
Mullett said AEP has to sign off on their portion of the project.
Treasurer Jill Smith reported previous cost avoidance endeavors—such as the ground-based Solar Planet installation at the high school and other energy conservation projects—saved the district $158,000 in 2013.