Board planning new year

BROOKSIDE -The start of the school year is drawing closer, and the Bridgeport Board of Education met Tuesday at its office to begin finalizing a few things before students return to class next month.

Volleyball practice begins the first week of August, and Superintendent Ted Downing was pleased to report the work being done in the high school’s gym is nearly complete.

“The gym floor, all the painting is done and it’s nearly finished,” Downing revealed. “It looks very nice. They are coming back (today) to apply two more coasts of sealant (to the floor), and it will be finished by the end of the month.”

Downing also reported that the lighting project at nearby Perkins Field is nearly completed.

The poles and panels have been erected, and they are now waiting for AEP to install an pole outside of the facility so that the final inspection can take place.

There was a small water break on a line that runs underneath the home sideline at the field. That has been repaired. A drainage pipe is being installed in a trench dug on that side of the field in order to assist with keeping excess water off the home sideline.

Downing also noted that he’d priced work on the school’s van that transports band equipment to and from the school. Because of additional issues with rust and potential body work needed, the cost would be around $8,000. He and his board members all agreed that was too high. Downing will look for a potential used vehicle in better shape that will be a more financially prudent option than the cost to repaint the current van.

The resurfacing work at the school’s parking lot is nearly finished.

Board member Roger Stewart was again tabbed to represent the board at the Ohio School Boards Association’s annual business meeting that will be held during the Ohio Capital Conference. Fellow board member Don Cash will again serve as the alternate.

The daily cost of breakfast for students will receive a slight increase, rising from $1 per meal to $1.25.

Also on Tuesday:

  • The creation of an activity fund for the incoming class of 2017 was approved.
  • The board agreed to participate in the Ohio School Comp 2014 workers’ compensation group rating program.
  • Approved David Chambers Jr. as a certified substitute for the 2013-14 school year.
  • Approved Chris Herink on a supplemental contract as the junior high cheering adviser for 13-14, pending her certification.
  • Approved physical therapy services agreement with Easter Seals.

The next meeting of the Bridgeport Board of Education will be Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 6 p.m. at the board office in Brookside.

Hughes may be reached at mhughes@timesleaderonline.com.