Millcreek-West Unity Local Schools took care of a few items at its August school board meeting, its final meeting before the 2019-2020 school year begins. The board:
• Heard an update on the construction of a solar field on land recently acquired by the district. Even if work doesn’t start on the field until October or November, it could still be completed by December or January, the board learned. According to Superintendent Jim Wyse, district officials are waiting on results from its legal team, and waiting on farmers’ concerns to ensure the district will have access to the land. “We’re dotting our i’s and crossing our t’s,” Wyse said.
•Approved a donation of $1,788.52 from the Hilltop Post Prom Parents to the Class of 2020, to help with cost of cap and gowns.
•Approved an agreement with North West Ohio Computer Association to upgrade the school’s PA and bell systems from analog to digital for about $15,072 per year for five years, as the existing system was outdated and interfering with smart boards. The new system will also allow for communication between rooms. The hope is to have the total installation done at Christmas.
• Approved trading in one 1996 Blue Bird school bus and one 2000 Blue Bird bus from the district’s fleet, in order to buy one 30-passenger 2019 Microbird school bus and one 76-passenger 2019 Blue Bird handicapped-accessible school bus. This was the continuation of a May board approval.
• Approved a memorandum of understanding with the West Unity Police Department to continue the district’s school resource officer program for the 2019-2020 school year. The maximum cost to the district for the program is $60,000. The school has employed a resource officer since May 2014, when a five-year 0.9-mill levy was first passed by the district’s voters. It was renewed by voters for five additional years in November 2018.