COLUMBUS GROVE – The Columbus Grove School board heard some positive financial news during Monday’s board meeting.

Columbus Grove Treasurer Mark Ellerbrock reported the district received its quarterly income tax settlement of $285,19.84 from the Ohio department of Taxation on Jan. 31. This amount is an increase of $17,172.76 which he said represents a 6.40 percent positive increase from a year ago. Ellerbrock reported a payment of $22,702.45 semi-annual casino revenue settlement was received from the Ohio Department of Taxation on Jan. 31. This amount is an increase of $972.56, a 4.48 percent increase from a year ago.

Ellerbrock asked and received approval from the board to approve a three-year extension of the district’s current IGS electricity agreement. He said savings are likely to be between eight to 10 percent over the current rate and is projected to save the district $19,000 to $20,000 over the three-year extension period.

Meanwhile, Elementary Principal Brad Calvelage reported there have been 42 children registered so far for kindergarten. Registration of kindergarten students is also available online at the district’s school website: http://cg.noacsc.org/parentsstudents/forms/kg-registration. The child must be five years of age on or before September 30, 2019 to be eligible for 2019-20 kindergarten registration.

High School Principal Brian Best reported $1,000 was donated by students and staff during a season of giving which is “another example of our kids doing good things.”

He also credited School Counselor Mindy Losh who held an eighth-grade parent meeting last week. Topics covered included scheduling for 2019-20, graduation requirements, High School of Business/Bio Med programs, and College Credit Plus opportunities. Best noted all but 10 eighth graders showed up. For any parent unable to attend is welcome to contact Mrs. Losh at 419-659-4310. Best also said they will be sending out letters to seniors with any concerns regarding their upcoming graduation.

Dale Schroeder, maintenance director, reported he is getting needed summer jobs organized. He is putting costs together for some projects including LED lights. Schroeder also reported Tony Birnesser has completed the electric and plumbing for the new building for the district softball program. He said they need concrete work done which should be completed in time of the first softball game next spring.

Superintendent Nick Verhoff reported he is continuing to gain input from coaches regarding the possible expansion of the district’s weight room which is needed due to the increase of student athletes over the years.

In other business, the board approved a three year-extension for Elementary Principal Brad Calvelage based upon a recommendation by Verhoff who said Calvelage has done an “outstanding job” for the district.

The next regular meeting of the Columbus Grove Board of Education is scheduled Monday, March 11, at 8 p.m. in the school library.