(Posted Oct. 15, 2018)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Organizers of an annual cruise-in presented a $4,000 donation to the London Academic Achievement Boosters at the Oct. 9 London school board meeting.
The donation is earmarked for scholarships in memory of Dr. Martha Geib, a London graduate who worked as a pediatrician in the community and served on the London school board. Marshall Geib, Martha’s husband and Boosters president, accepted the donation.
“Our cruise-in would not be possible without all the people who bring their cars, donations, and sponsors from our community,” said Stephanie Huddleston, a member of the organizing committee.
Other committee members included Marci Bogenrife, Melissa Canney, Connie Dwyer, Christina Finney, Bonnie Hamilton and Kelly Snyder.
This year marked the third year for the Martha Geib Memorial cruise-in, which takes place the last Sunday in July.
Also at the meeting, the school board accepted a $250 donation to London Elementary from Vietnam Veterans Chapter 746, an $835 donation for an LED digital down marker from Richard and Sue Minner, and two science microscopes valued at $3,000 for London Middle School from the Ohio Bureau of Identification and Investigation.
Michael Browning, principal at the high school, recognized senior Johnny Ren, named a Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Ren scored in the top 50,000 students nationally of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the PSAT in 2017.
Ren is ranked fifth in London’s Class of 2019. Courses he is taking this year include College Credit Plus composition and statistics and Advanced Placement chemistry and U.S. History.
“Add in Art IV and mechanical principles and you have a very well-rounded young man,” Browning said.
London’s color guard is headed to the Color Guard National Competition in Indianapolis. The school board approved the overnight trip, set for Feb. 15-17. The squad has won several competitions.
“The success you have achieved over the last few years has been incredible,” said Darryl Brown, school board president, to members of the color guard in the meeting audience.
Superintendent Dr. Lou Kramer announced that district leadership has a plan to fix the “wood gym” at London Elementary. Earlier this year, staff found water in the in-floor sleeve into which supports for the volleyball net are inserted. The discovery was an indication of a water problem under the gym floor.
Kramer said the plan is to install extra drainage around the building and replace the wood floor. He does not yet have a final estimate on the cost for the drainage work. A $136,000 insurance claim will cover the floor replacement.
The “wood gym,” named for the look of its floor, has been out of commission since the start of the school year. Physical education teachers are making do by splitting the “blue gym,” named for its floor color, in half to double up on classes.
Kramer said he does not know yet when the project will be completed.