North Union School Board honors pair of basketball teams

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The North Union Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting online Monday night.
Superintendent Rich Baird presented board members resolutions honoring a pair of basketball team.
The board passed a resolution honoring the achievements of the eighth grade girls team that had a season record of 19-0 and a conference record of 10-0. Coach Justin Price joined the online and said how well the girls played together and that they will be something to watch in the years to come.
The second resolution passed by the board was recognizing the varsity boys basketball team that posted a 21-0 season record, the first time in North Union High School history. Its also had a 10-0 conference record and a 24-1 overall record. Coach Brian Terrill also joined in the meeting, acknowledging the team members and the community support they received during the season.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, high school staff have been video taping graduating seniors walking across the gymnasium stage, accepting their diplomas. Since guidelines are still in place regarding social distancing where 10 or less people can be in attendance, the video will be developed and will be on social media Friday, May 29 at 7 p.m.
The board approved the employment Brent Markham as the elementary assistant principal, on a two-year administrative contract, step 1, effective Aug. 1, pending verification of licensure and BCI/FBI clearance.
Markham has served several years as the elementary physical education instructor at North Union Elementary.
Another new hire was Mackenzie Murray on a one-year certificated contract on scale, step 0, pending licensure verification and BCI/FBI clearance, effective the 2020-2021 school year as a high school math instructor.
In other business, the board:
•Accepted cash donations from various persons donating to student meal balances, various scholarships and other funds supporting students.
•Approved a motion to approve a resolution declaring intent to proceed with renewal of an emergency tax levy during the November, 2020 election. The amount raised is estimated at $680,000.
•Accepted a proposal from Byrne and Jones Construction for the pavement replacement and maintenance at North Union High School, including alternate in the amount of $297,000.
•Made a motion to approve the donation of real property associated with the temporary easement and permanent easement in relation to the Safe Routes To Schools Grant awarded to the Village of Richwood. This includes property the school owns from the bus garage up to the elementary school. The school and village are granting easements for the installation of a sidewalk
•Approved employment of several certificate/licensed individuals for the 2020-2021 school year.
•Approved contracts for non-certificated staff members, effective the 2020-2021 school year in various positions.
•Approved a resolution to administer the third-grade English language arts and mathematics (Ohio State Test) in a paper format for the 2020-2021 school year.
•Approved a shared services agreement with Ridgemont Local School with North Union for the services of Bev Wasserbeck in food services, sharing expenses and salary.



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