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October 2018 Board of Education Regular Meeting Recap
The London City School District met in regular session on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018. The meeting began with two special presentations. First members of the Martha Geib Memorial Cruise In were on hand to present the district’s academic boosters with a check for $4,000 raised during this summer’s cruise in. The money will be distributed by the academic boosters to district students for post secondary scholarships. A second presentation took place in which LHS Principal Michael Browning recognized LHS student Johnny Ren for earning the distinction of being a National Merit Scholarship Commended Scholar. Ren scored in the top 3% of students nationally on the PSAT in order to earn the recognition.

During the school spotlight, LES Principal John Riley shared two short videos highlighting the positive beginning of the school year at the elementary school. You can view the videos on the school’s YouTube page.

A few highlights of Board discussion included:

During his superintendent remarks, District Superintendent, Lou Kramer, updated the Board on the recently released state report card. He noted that overall, London continued a three-year trend of improvement, although this year’s progress was modest, and the district still has many areas to improve. On the positive note, the district continues improvement in both achievement and progress (how much a student improves during the year), London continues to graduate students at a high level, and students who are most at risk are making more than expected progress. He added that the district has an urgent need to continue improving academic growth across grades levels and content areas as well as improve preparing students for college. You can read more about the district’s report card result on Dr. Kramer’s blog. Kramer also gave the Board an update on repairs to the elementary school’s wood gym, which encountered an issue with water infiltration.

District Treasurer Trevor Gummere presented the Board with the district’s updated five (5) year forecast. Similar to 93% of school districts statewide, London is anticipating spending to outpace revenue within the next five years. Although district expenditures have remained as expected (London ranked 85th of 273 comparable districts on classroom instructional spending), district revenues have not increased to match spending. He added the district will likely seek a renewal (no additional taxes) of the current income tax, which has passed twice since first being approve in 2005, in November of next year. London last passed a new money operating levy in November of 2007.
 
A few highlights of other Board action included:
  • Approved monetary and in kind donations from the Madison County Vietnam Veterans Association Chapter #746, Richard and Sue Minner, and the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
  • Approved the district’s five (5) year forecast;
  • Approved the annual list of district sponsored clubs and activities;
  • Approved an overnight trip for the LHS Color Guard to Indianapolis in February 2019 in order to compete in the national competition. The trip is at no cost to the Board;

The next regular meeting of the Board of Education is scheduled for Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 in room 311 of London High School. Minutes of each meeting are approved the following month and then posted here.

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380 Elm St., 2nd Floor
London, Ohio 43140
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Elementary: (740) 845-3272
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High School: (740) 852-5705
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