Rob Breese (left) is congratulated by Lincolnview Superintendent Jeff Snyder during Monday night’s Board of Education meeting. Breese is moving up to take on the principal’s position at Marsh School. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)
Rob Breese (left) is congratulated by Lincolnview Superintendent Jeff Snyder during Monday night’s Board of Education meeting. Breese is moving up to take on the principal’s position at Marsh School. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)

MIDDLE POINT — Lincolnview Local Schools representatives expressed their disappointment over recent changes in state law that may stop the construction of a wind farm that could help financially support the district into the future.

Board President Eric Germann called the potential of getting payments from a new wind farm a would-be “game changer” financially for the district. But with a change in the schedule for clean energy standards in the state and a new, more-restrictive setback rule governing placement of wind turbines, the proposed Dog Creek Wind Farm looks doubtful to come to fruition, costing Lincolnview a revenue source at a time when dollars from the state seem to be drying up.

“I talked to the auditor and we did some ‘back of the napkin’ calculations, and it was about $660,000 a year or more to the district we would have got out of that project, so we lost, with the stroke of a pen, about $13.2 million in revenue over 20 years,” Germann stated. “I was disappointed in the governor and the legislature on the positions they took.”

Superintendent Jeff Snyder echoed Germann’s disappointment with similar remarks. The Dog Creek project has not yet been abandoned by Iberdrola Renewables, but both Germann and Snyder expressed doubts that it could be profitable for the energy company to proceed with a project that called for 50 turbines, but with legal changes might only be allowed to erect seven turbines.

Several staff changes were approved by the board in its June meeting. The resignation of Kelly Dye as junior/senior high principal had been accepted at May’s board meeting. That resignation was effective July 31. He was scheduled to begin duty as a social studies teacher in August, but the board reduced the number of certified teachers in that department by one, essentially eliminating any position for Dye. The board also suspended Dye’s employment contract effective August 1.

Another change sees former Marsh School Principal Roger Salisbury was approved for a one-year supplemental contract for the 2013-14 school year at the approved Title I Fiscal Year budget, while current Lincolnview teacher Robbie Breese was approved for a three-year contract as Marsh School principal through the 2016-17 school year. Breese resigned his position as physical education teacher and assistant athletic director to take the new job. Breese stated that he is anxious to begin in his new position immediately.

The board also approved salary increases for all regular classified employees, and approved the negotiated agreement with the Lincolnview Local Education Association which runs through June 30, 2017.

Purchase of technology equipment totaling nearly $200,000 was approved as part of the Straight A grant. A good portion of those purchases will go to fun the One to One program which is due to be implemented in grades 7-12 this fall.

In other actions, the board:
• Approved entering into an agreement with Western Buckeye Educational Service Center;
• Accepted donations from Van Wert County Foundation’s Klein Trust and the Van Wert County Foundation;
• Accepted the bid from Perfection Bakery for bakery products;
• Accepted the bid for dairy products from Dairymen’s;
• Approved the offering of student accident insurance for the school year by Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company and services through Purmort Brothers Insurance Agency;
• Accepted the resignation for retirement of Clara L. Eberle as custodian after 19 years of service;
• Accepted the resignation of Calli Coppus as math teacher after three years of service;
• Approved moving Jennifer Slusher’s FTE status to 0.75 from 0.5 for the upcoming school year;
• Approved the computer services agreement with Northwest Ohio Area Computer Services Cooperative for fiscal year 2015;
• Renewed membership with the Equity and Adequacy Coalition for the upcoming school year;
• Granted a one-year limited administrative contract to Brenda Eickholt as program/services coordinator through August 2015;
• Granted extended service contracts to Krista Seibert, Anna Baker, Jay Hoersten, Brenda Leeth, and Deb Stetler;
• Approved the list of open enrollment students for the coming school year;
• Approved Scott Equity Exchange to supply gas and diesel and 4-K Tire, Inc. of Delphos to supply tires for buses, school vans, and the band truck and trailer for the upcoming school year;
• Named Superintendent Jeff Snyder as the Lincolnview representative to the Van Wert Area School Insurance Group;
• Approved student handbooks for elementary and for junior/senior high students;
• Named Hollie Ford as Lincolnview employee representative on the Van Wert Area School Insurance Group;
• Approved supplemental contracts for the summer of 2014 for Elizabeth Utz, Adam Owens, Kevin Losh, Jessica Wischmeyer, and Nita McKinney;
• Approved the purchase and adoption of K-1 textbooks for high school health classes and six grade language arts classes with a total cost of over $18,700.