HEBRON | The Boone Township School Board honored a long-time staff member at its October meeting Tuesday evening.
Sharon Williams, a custodian and food service employee, retired after 35 years of service.
“Thank you for what you’ve done for this school over all the years,” Board President David Molchan said.
“I’m going to miss everybody, the staff is very great here,” Williams said. “Everyone is kind and that’s what I’m missing.”
The board approved a consent agenda from the executive session conducted previous to the public meeting in which several extra-curricular positions were announced, including that of Mike DeFries, who resigned as junior varsity girls basketball coach to become junior varsity boys basketball coach, and Jacob Wheeler, who assumed DeFries’s former post.
The board also approved the 2014-16 capital projects fund plan, the 2014-25 bus replacement plan, and the 2014 budget.
The corporation owns 19 busses, said superintendent George Letz, and it plans to replace two in 2014 at a total cost of $173,000.
Letz said the “official” enrollment for the year is 1,136 students, which is 27 more than last year. He said 89 students are from outside the district, which is 10 more than last year.
The school corporation is also working with six Lake County school districts to receive a $650,000 federal grant, Letz said.
“It is an initiative where math and science teachers would work together to develop cross curricular units that emphasize STEM standards,” Letz said. “It’s everything we’ve been trying to do for years here. …we think it’s a step in the right direction. It’s not a done deal but we have a lot of good people working on this and it’s foolish not to try.”
Letz announced the school district will receive another grant for $26,000 for professional development.