Belpre BOE holds another special meeting

BELPRE – Belpre City School District Board of Education held a special meeting Thursday afternoon to approve several matters.

The board unanimously approved to hire current Belpre Elementary School principal Bernie Boice as the new district director of instruction on a three-year administrative contract beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.

Boice will replace Larry Lorentz, whose retirement will be effective July 31. Lorentz’s resignation was unanimously approved during the March meeting.

“I look forward to the new position,” Boice said. “I appreciate the board giving me the opportunity to move into something new.”

Board member Fred Meredith welcomed Boice to the position.

“It’s a change of hats,” Meredith said.

The board also approved to join the City of Belpre in applying for a state grant for a school resource officer.

Mayor Mike Lorentz said the grant is being reopened by the state with the application due in May.

If the city and district receive the grant, 75 percent of the officer’s pay will be provided.

“I would like to get this grant to provide our schools with this officer,” Mike Lorentz said. “It will make our schools safer and the city could use another officer.”

“Welcome to our third meeting of April,” board president Leonard Wiggins joked with the attendees.

The board typically has one meeting a month but has dealt with pressing matters this month.

During the April 1 special meeting, the board approved to apply for funding through the Ohio House Bill 264 – the Ohio School Facilities Energy Conservation Program – to pay for heating changes to the high school at an estimated cost of $723,000. This will be paid for over 15 years with the money saved on energy bills.

At the regular meeting on April 15, the board was told school lunches will increase in price by as much as 10 cents, as regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.