HEBRON | The Boone Township School Board meeting Tuesday night honored retiring educators.
Retirees honored included Terry Bailey, Peg Huber, Nancy Anders, Barbara Kraker, Nancy Brooker, Phyllis Schaper, and Daniel Lewandowski, each with from five to 40 years of service.
“It was the fastest 37 years of my life,” Anders said. “It was a lot of fun.”
The board also recognized the middle school girls’ and boys’ track teams, the boys’ volleyball team and the varsity softball team.
Doug Godbolt, the new varsity girls’ basketball coach, was also introduced.
The School Board approved superintendent George Letz’s recommendation the contract of the school lunch vendor, Chartwells, be renewed. A price increase of 10 cents per lunch was also approved for the 2013-14 school year.
The board also approved the transfer of $75,000 from bus replacement fund and $75,000 from the bus operating fund to the rainy day fund.
A public hearing to discuss a financing plan to restructure the district’s debt was approved for July 9 at 7 p.m. in the board room.
Letz said the district had embarked on a “three-pronged” approach to dealing with financial difficulties.
“We’re continually not getting what we need to support our general fund,” Letz said.
Letz said the school district had hoped to get more money from the state legislature and to have a successful referendum to raise money.
“And that failed,” Letz said. “The third part was to restructure our debt. After 10 years, these bonds can now be called and we can structure bonds at lower interest rate.”
Letz said to prepare for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that become effective January 1, 2014, the district will categorize employees whose position requires them to work more than 30 hours a week and those whose hours will be reduced to 29 hours per week.
“Otherwise, they’d be put into a pool that would qualify them for medical insurance,” Letz said.
Letz reported that second interviews are being conducted with candidates to replace Lori Pavell, middle school principal, who has resigned.