NEW FRANKLIN   There are two new faces on the Manchester Board of Education to start the year 2018.

During the Jan. 9 board meeting, Joe Hercules and Jason Jividen took part in their first meeting. Superintendent James Robinson welcomed the new members to the board and the existing members back.

Robinson recognized the board for January being Ohio School Board Recognition Month. He also presented each board member a survival kit, which had their senior picture on it. All of the board members are graduates of Manchester High School. Inside the kit there were band aids, antacids, Tylenol, post-its, a panther pen and a gift card to get lunch.

Hercules and Jividen both thanked the board for a warm welcome.

In other business Jan 9, the board:

- Approved that board meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.

- Elected Rick Sponseller president and Cindy McDonald vice president of the board for 2018.

- Approved the Fiscal Year 19 Alternate Tax Budget. This budget is the first step to prepare for fiscal year 19 and it sends the districts expenditures to the county.  

- Approved three classified appointments for transportation monitor and one supplemental appointment for an eighth grade basketball coach.

- Approved a resolution requesting the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to establish a new scope, estimated basic project cost, and local share in the Classroom Facilities Assistance Program. Robinson said the district wants to have an audit of the buildings and see what kind of funding the state could offer. He said there are several other schools ahead of Manchester to receive funding from the state.

- Accepted a donation from Kaderly Foundation to the schools for DJ equipment in the amount of $4,211. In the long run, this is expected to save the district money not having to have a DJ service.

- Approved the varsity softball team trip to Myrtle Beach to play in a tournament during spring break. The trip is being funded through various fundraisers.

- Approved the policy to establish eligibility of resident and nonresident students.

- Entered into executive session for personnel-employment matters with no action taken. 

The next Manchester Schools board meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Administration Building 6075 Manchester Road.