NEW FRANKLIN  While technology has advanced, the library is still an important part of Manchester High School.

During the Dec. 18 board meeting, the Manchester Board of Education met in the high school library and heard a presentation from school librarian Lisa Barnes Prince.

She said she is blessed to have such a great space and they try to utilize it as much as possible. She tries to change something up in the library each year with a giant chalkboard wall being created with quotes written on it.

In addition to books, there are five Chromebooks and the library is the technology hub to charge them. Students can also fill out a repair form in the library if something goes wrong with their computer.

Barnes Prince said her goal is to make students life-long readers.

In November, 1,998 books were checked out at the elementary school, 80 at the middle school and 468 at the high school. Also during November, 1,450 students went into the library at the high school.

Manchester Superintendent James Robinson stressed the importance of reading.

“If kids can’t read they are going to have a great deal of difficulty when they leave here,” Robinson said.

In other business Dec. 18, the board:

- Approved a transfer from the General Fund to the Bond Retirement in the amount of $17,945 for a bus lease program.

- Approved the upcoming retirement of Nancy Boyd, a music teacher at Nolley Elementary School. She is expected to retire June 1 after 33 years with the district.

- Approved several classified appointments.

- Approved a donation from Grace Bible Church for $50 for the Manchester High School Singers; $200 from Manchester Youth Football Boosters for Manchester Middle School Football; $75 from Dance & C Ray Smith for the memory of Ron Negray and general athletics; $150 from Retired Officer Association Ohio west Reserve Chapter to the Manchester High School Singers; $50 from RAAB Enterprises Inc. to the Manchester High School Singers and $192.58 from Menches Brothers to the drama club for the sound system.

- Heard a first reading for a policy about staff technology acceptable use and safety.

- Heard from Manchester Curriculum Director Rachel Willis about the updated career exploration curriculum.

The next Manchester Schools board meeting is at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Administration Building, 6075 Manchester Road.