CENTERBURG — The Centerburg Local Schools Board of Education took a few moments during its November meeting Monday night to recognize the achievements of some exceptional student athletes and their coach. The 2018 varsity girls cross-country team, and their coaches Mike Eblin and Brandon Zolman, were commended for their stellar season following their performance at the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Cross Country meet Saturday.
The Centerburg girls cross country team qualified and won the 2018 District championship, the 2018 Regional championship and placed eighth overall at the State meet Saturday.
“The Centerburg School Board recognizes the dedication and discipline needed to qualify for state competitions and recognizes the added honor brought to the school district when Centerburg students succeed at interscholastic athletics,” Treasurer Ellen Scott read from the official commendation.
Board President Lynn McCann presented certificates of achievement to the entire team and coaching staff, which were accepted by junior Aeryn Walters, senior Sarah Thatcher and senior Dreanna Perry.
Total cash balance for the district is currently $9,101,232 she said.
“Insurance is still holding its own, but it’s still not where I would like it to be,” Scott said. “But food service is still doing extremely well.”
The strength of the food service account has prompted Scott to start contemplating some capital improvements, she said, for the cafeteria services and facilities.
She said the improvements need to be considered because, “schools on a federal nutrition program, they don’t like to see what they consider to be too big of a reserve built up.” Next year the district will look into improvements to the cafeteria facilities, she said.
Scott also pointed out significant sources of income for the district, including the Oct. 17 and 18 quarterly district income tax payment, which is up 14.5 percent over October of last year.
Superintendent Mike Hebenthal updated the board on the facilities improvements at the new track, which should have the fence up by the end of this week and the scoreboard is already in place. Striping will commence Wednesday of this week, he said, which should be completed before Thanksgiving.
Some small improvements will need to be done in the spring, Hebenthal said, but he fully anticipates the district will be able to fully use the track in the spring.
The administration building has also been utilizing some facilities improvements with security upgrades, Hebenthal said. New doors were put in and equipment to buzz people in and out of the building will also be in this week. These measures will not affect community members who utilize the building for community events, Hebenthal said, they will simply need to buzz in to the building.
“We’re not locking anybody out,” Hebenthal said. “We’re just controlling who comes in and out.”
Hebenthal told the board he hopes all of the security measures will be done before Thanksgiving.
The district accepted the following donations:
•$200 from Oldtime Farming Festival to FFA;
•Books (from book fair) valued at $1,888.74 from the Centerburg Elementary PTO to elementary classrooms;
•Shooting shirts, equipment and training supplies from the Athletic Boosters to the boys and girls basketball teams;
•Strength bands for the weight room from the Athletic Boosters;
•$386.00 from Centerburg Elementary PTO to Elementary Student Council (for the bench project);
•$500 from the William Hunter Scholarship to the HS principal account;
•$3,000 from Elementary PTO to Elementary (for Books for fun);
•Sunbury Kroger made a donation of glue sticks, colored pencils, markers and pencils to the elementary;
•100 energy saving kits from AEP and Columbia Gas Ohio Energy Program to the fourth grade class.