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GEVSD five-year forecast accepted; Summer Tiger Bites starts June 3

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Pictured (beginning from the bottom left and going around the table) as the treasurer deliver's his report are student advisory council member Anna Eikenberry, superintendent Quincey Gray, board of education members Rachel Fraley, Eric Wise, and Eric Zint, treasurer Brad Barber, board of education members Marilyn Mitchell and Sandy Free, and student advisory council member Brenna Wright. (Photo by Angela Shepherd)
Angela Shepherd, Greenfield Exempted Village Schools

As it is mandated by the state of Ohio to be presented twice yearly, May’s five-year forecast came before the Greenfield Exempted Village School District Board of Education at its regular meeting on Monday, May 20.

According to district treasurer Brad Barber, the forecast presented in May is like an update to the one presented in November. As previously reported, the five-year forecast is a snapshot of what is currently known, and projections are based on many different variables, like the state budget. As those variables become known, the projections are modified accordingly. The forecast is a tool, Barber said, that serves to communicate and assess a school district’s financial health. 

Currently unknown things that will affect funding once they are known are the biennial state budget, any other government funding that may come along or change, and the School Fair Funding Formula. Barber spoke about Highland County currently reappraising property values. This is something that may affect the School Fair Funding Formula. All of these things will eventually be known, but the forecast presented on Monday is based on the best information that is available right now, he said. 

The five-year forecast presented by Barber showed the following projected year-end balances for the district: 2024 - $9.37 million; 2025 - $8.86 million; 2026 - $7.08 million; 2027 - $4.23 million; and 2028 - $235,175.

In her report to the board, superintendent Quincey Gray noted that the summer feeding program, Summer Tiger Bites, will be happening again this year. It begins on June 3 and, like last year, will have locations in Greenfield as well as Rainsboro and Buckskin elementaries where any child from one year old to 18 can receive lunch and a breakfast for the next day. People are asked to fill out a form, though, so the school can have a good idea of how many meals to be prepared for. This program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). You can find more information, as well as the link to fill out the form, on the district’s website. 

In other business, high school students Brenna Wright and Anna Eikenberry were the meeting’s representatives of the superintendent’s student advisory council. In their reports, one provided a recap of prom and the all-night party and the other a recap of MHS Day, which happened on May 10 the week following prom.  

Both girls thanked everyone that made each event possible and those that provided supplies, time, effort, food and any other kind of support necessary to make things happen.

Items on the consent agenda approved by the board of education included the five-year forecast, and the resignations of teacher Tia Barham, bus driver Joshua Breakfield, paraprofessional Melyssa Caldwell, secretary Bonnie Smith and bus driver Angie Clouser, with both Smith and Clouser for the purpose of retirement. 

Also approved was the purchase of a new 84-passenger school bus, which Barber said was bigger than any the district has. It is a purchase that would be immediately available, he said, as it was ordered and built for a Pennsylvania school district that ended up not being able to pay for it. 

With the end of one school year comes the preparation for the next school year, and the number of recommendations – including contracts, supplemental positions, volunteer positions, summer help, and new hires – reflected that. Recommendations approved by the board of education included: Nick Pryor - Rainsboro fourth grade ELA (English Language Arts) teacher; Alabama Cutler - middle school math; Cierra Bolender - middle school ELA teacher; Jordan Moberly - Greenfield Elementary second grade teacher; Lori Tuttle - Drug Free Clubs of America adviser; Kylie Bayless - band assistant; Ashley Kesler - science department leader, freshman class adviser; Loretta Flora - dramatics, vocal music, middle school girls swimming; John Wilson - honor guard; Caden Wisecup - eSports adviser; Schylar Maag - band director; Rick Duffus - band director, fine arts department leader, middle school boys swimming; Nathan Luke - high school robotics, livestreaming, and high school technology aide; Audrey Case - language arts department leader; Kassie Hutchinson - annual staff adviser; Angela Barber - National Honor Society and math department leader; Mark Bihl - senior class adviser, weight room supervisor, eighth grade football; Ellie Wait - band assistant; Mary Beth Goolsby - Rainsboro technology aide; John Gill - high school student council adviser, boys soccer; Holly Jaycox - middle school student council adviser, seventh and eighth grade Quick Recall team adviser; Drew Hamilton - fine arts department leader, livestreaming, girls basketball assistant; Rachel Tarlton Soards - art adviser, high school Quick Recall team adviser; Jeana Copas McNeal - Greenfield Elementary technology aide, girls swimming head coach; Ashley Rowland - junior class adviser; Tracey Cokonougher - ticket manager; Tyler Carman - girls bowling, boys golf; Payton Smith - girls cross country assistant; Jarrod Haines - boys basketball head coach; Nick McNeal - boys swimming head coach, soccer assistant; Vanessa Penwell - basketball and football cheerleader adviser; Kelly Bolender - basketball cheerleader assistant; Keith Penwell - head football coach; Richard Oakes - football assistant; Coty Barnhart - football assistant, girls wrestling coach; Jacob Catrone - seventh grade football; Shania Massie - girls basketball head coach; Leann Thieman - seventh grade girls basketball; Derrick Lyons - girls golf; Richard Bivens - football assistant; Karen Mullikin - Buckskin technology aide; Andie Stark - football cheerleader assistant; Evan McGlone - football assistant; Ashley Karnes - majorette advisor, junior high basketball cheerleader adviser; Shane Fligor - honor guard; Brad Rowland - livestreaming; Blain Bergstrom - girls soccer; Mark Newkirk - soccer assistant; Adam Coonrod - boys bowling; Brianna Weller - girls golf assistant; Taylor Alsop - volleyball coach; Kyndall Penwell - volleyball assistant; Devin Penwell - football assistant; Matt Binegar - football assistant; Brad Campbell - football assistant; Tyler Flora - eighth grade football; Eric Downey - seventh grade football; David Edwards - golf assistant; Braden Wright - football assistant; Bob Bergstrom - football assistant; and Sam Mincey - cross-country coach. Those who will be helping with the summer feeding program, Summer Tiger Bites, are Melissa Trent, Trisha Hurley, Brook Sykes, Jennifer Bunner, Tracey Cokonougher and Winter Moon. 

The Greenfield Exempted Village School District Board of Education meets next in regular session on June 26 at 7 p.m. in the central office boardroom. For information and updates, go to the district website at or go to the district’s social media pages. The individual buildings also have Facebook pages. The district’s central office may be reached by calling (937) 981-2152. 

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