Oil City school board to vote next week on tentative budget

VE-Around-County
By JIM MEYER
Staff Writer

Oil City School Board members on Monday reviewed the district’s tentative 2018-2019 budget.

The spending plan doesn’t include a tax increase.

The board will vote this Monday whether to approve the tentative budget. If approved, the plan would be on display for 30 days at the Oil City Library and the district administration building on Grandview Road until the final vote in June.

The board will also vote Monday whether to accept a $280,000 bid from Horizon Construction Group Inc. of Sandy Lake to repair the high school retaining wall.

The board plans to reject all bids for repair of storm piping and inlets, concrete stairs and the segmental retaining wall as this work was found to be unnecessary, saving the district about $200,000, Superintendent Pat Gavin said.

“It does not need to be done, so that’s good news for the district to have that savings,” Gavin said.

Several proposed hires will also be on Monday’s agenda. They include:

– Tanya Baldwin as part-time child-specific paraprofessional

– Kenzi Ochalek and Kristen Thompson as day-to-day substitute teachers

– Sarah Bell as Riverview Intermediate Unit guest teacher

– Jim Come as athletic assistant

– Tom McMahon as elementary boys basketball coach

– Stephanie Stevenson as middle school girls basketball coach

– Deb Brink as middle school volleyball coach

Appointed positions for the 2018-2019 school year will also be up for a vote Monday. They include the Dale Woodard Gent McFate law firm as solicitor, Susan Fisher as treasurer and Mark Turnley as auditor.

Gavin said the baccalaureate for the Oil City High School Class of 2018 will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 7, and commencement will be at 6 p.m. Friday, June 8.

Monday’s meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the district administration building.