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Getting the word out has been a major problem in the sprawling Buckeye Valley Local School District for years, but officials believe they now have a plan to improve communications.

The district plans to create and send out a quarterly newsletter to every household and business in the district.

“This board is very committed to increasing the communication you will receive,” said Justine Santschi, the school board member leading the effort.

The newsletters will be delivered through a service called Every Door Direct Mail at a cost of about 7.7 cents per copy.

“This is an incredible savings over bulk mail,” Santschi said.

The district plans to deliver about 7,500 newspapers each quarter, which is expected to cost $1,600 to $1,800.

“We feel this is money well spent,” Santschi said.

Officials hope the newsletters will reach the 70 percent of the Buckeye Valley population who have no connection to the school district.

New Tractor for School Farm

The board unanimously approved the purchase of a $78,080 CASE IH Maxxum 125 tractor for the school farm.

“The school farm is self-sufficient and they have enough money budgeted for this tractor,” said Tom Kaelber, board president.

Kaelber said it is important to support the school farm.

“Our biggest industry in this district is still agribusiness,” he said.

Principals Returning

Three principals received two-year contracts from the board in a unanimous vote. Athletic director and high school assistant principal Jeremy Froehlich, East Elementary principal Katie Karacson and middle school principal Jason Spencer will begin next school year with new contracts.

Effective Aug. 1, the contracts will be three of the first administrative agreements to phase out the unpopular practice of “pick up on the pick up,” in which the board pays for the employees’ share of retirement contributions.

Meeting Change

Due to a conflict with the Delaware Area Career Center’s graduation ceremony, the board’s next meeting has been moved to 6:30 p.m. May 13 in Baron Hall at the high school.

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