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Prior to their accustomed anniversary lath meeting, associates of the Litchfield Academy Lath met as advisers of the Fogleman Scholarship on Thursday evening, Dec. 20, authoritative several changes to the scholarship requirements.
With all lath associates in attendance, the lath discussed affairs for about an hour. There was no accessible ascribe to alpha the meeting, however, the lath did acreage questions from one parent, who was aggravating to alteration her daughter’s Fogleman Scholarship to Lincoln Land Community College. Superintendent John Mullett said he would attending into it.
In aperture the discussion, lath affiliate Dennis Scobbie appear on a affair he had on Wednesday, Dec. 19, with Coffer and Assurance assembly Larry Halleman and Roger Krabbe.
Krabbe fabricated a presentation to the lath discussing abounding of the changes fabricated in the antecedent few years to the scholarship as able-bodied as some of the history in appliance it. He said that in the past, the lath took the absolute assets for the acreage anniversary year and broadcast one-third of it in scholarships, extenuative two-thirds in reserves. Currently, the assets anniversary has about $600,000 in it, and in the accomplished has been acclimated to awning scholarships if they go over the bulk allotted. At that time, a set scholarship bulk was awarded anniversary year.
After 2016, the lath began to authority aback 20 percent of the acquirement in a abstracted anniversary to potentially acquirement acreage arena in the future. The lath would additionally accomplish changes, abbreviation the brand point boilerplate bare to accept the scholarship. Krabbe said over that three-year period, an added 23 scholarships were awarded.
He told the lath that if they abdicate extenuative 20 percent in an anniversary to acquirement acreage ground, they would be able to pay a anchored bulk in the scholarship anniversary year, appliance the affluence if needed. Krabbe added that if things backward static, the affluence would aftermost at atomic 20 years.
“That’s what had been done previously,” Krabbe told the board.
Scobbie added that if they aloft the brand point boilerplate aback up, they would accept beneath problems activity over budget.
Before starting to accomplish motions, President Jennifer Reid asked if the lath bare to abolish antecedent changes to the scholarship, and Mullett told her the motions that night would be sufficient.
The aboriginal motion was to access the brand point boilerplate for aerial academy seniors gluttonous the scholarship to a 4.3 on a 5.0 scale. Currently, the brand point boilerplate bare to administer was 3.75.
In aperture discussion, lath affiliate Meg Wertin asked adolescent lath affiliate Ron Anglin why he fabricated the motion to access the brand point boilerplate aback he ahead fabricated a motion to lower it several years ago.
“What fabricated you change your mind?” Wertin asked.
Anglin said that it was the advocacy of the five-person advising console to change the brand point average, and that’s why he acquainted they should do it.
Members of the advising console included Dan Delaney, Gary Meyers, Terry Leitschuh, Kevin Niemann and Jeff Thornton.”The advising console had annihilation to do with GPA,” Wertin said. “They were to advice the lath with the all-embracing bigger picture.”
Reid said that while the console was answerable with attractive at the all-embracing big anniversary of the Fogleman Scholarship that brand point boilerplate was a allotment of that discussion.
“When we advised it with the panel, there were lots of questions about the GPA,” Reid said.
Only one affiliate of the panel, Terry Leitschuh, was present for the December meeting, admitting several accept abounding antecedent meetings.
“I acquainted like the GPA was not our job,” Leitschuh told the board. “That’s on the board’s amateur to set the criteria.”
Scobbie said that the console associates at the November affair acquainted differently.
“The console was able in adopting the brand point boilerplate as we move forward,” Reid said.
Wertin asked Krabbe about his appraisal that the affluence would aftermost 20 years, and Krabbe said that it was adamantine to project, but that if an added $20,000 or so was acclimated anniversary year, the affluence would aftermost about 20 years if aggregate abroad backward the same. She asked him if that assets anniversary was acclimated alone to ambit over and armamentarium scholarships if the bulk bare to accolade was beneath than the assets that year. Krabbe said in above-mentioned years that’s how it was done.
“The affluence are there to pay out in scholarships,” Krabbe said.
Wertin additionally asked if the console discussed approaching advance of the Fogleman Trust, and Leitschuh said the console spent a lot of time discussing the intentions of Arthur Fogleman in abrogation the assurance to the district. He acquainted that purchasing added farmland to abound the assurance would accept been adorable to Mr. Fogleman, and would acquiesce the lath to pay out added in scholarships.
Reid said that console associates present at the November affair agreed it was not a acceptable time to acquirement acreage ground.
“It’s accommodation time. Time to execute,” Reid said. “We accept been casting this brawl about for two years. It’s time to decide.”
Scobbie added that assets to the assurance could be added by reinvesting some of the cardboard investments, gluttonous a beyond return. Wertin said she acquainted that by attractive at the numbers that acreage arena offered a bigger acknowledgment than cardboard investments, but Scobbie countered that they were similar.
“We’re declared to be prudent,” Wertin said. “Based on the numbers, we’re not actuality prudent.”
Reid alleged for a vote, and the lath voted 5-2 to access the brand point boilerplate for aerial academy seniors to 4.3 starting the 2018-2019 academy year. Wertin and lath affiliate Gregg Hires voted adjoin the motion.
Next, the altercation switched to accretion the brand point boilerplate for academy renewals to 3.0. Currently, acceptance who advance a 2.0 brand point boilerplate on a 4.0 academy calibration are acceptable for renewal.
“I argue this completely,” Wertin said. “That’s no surprise.”
She said she works in academy admissions, and best colleges accede acceptance in acceptable continuing to accept a 2.0 brand point average. She said that’s the cardinal acclimated to accolade bachelor’s and associate’s degrees, as able-bodied as to administer for academy loans.
“I accept adopting this to 3.0 makes the ambition abate for our students,” Wertin said. “Our kids face all kinds of challenges and hurdles. There’s a lot of issues these acceptance of ours face, and we appetite them all to be completers. This is a apparatus that will advice them get there.”
Wertin additionally acicular out that in Montgomery County, the Selma Hartke Scholarship is awarded to academy acceptance with a 2.0 brand point average, as is the scholarship from the Montgomery County Cancer Association.
“We accept association teaching in this commune that didn’t accept a 3.0 GPA,” Wertin said. “I don’t accept why we are aggravating to accession it. Is it aloof because that’s the way it was?”
Hires said he acquainted the lath was aloof accomplishing it to be able to accord out beyond scholarships to beneath students.
“I don’t like that,” Hires said. “We charge to be aggravating to accord it out to as abounding as we can.”
Wertin said the scholarship is set up as a address scholarship, not a aggressive one.
“This is not an entitlement,” Reid said. “This is article that has to be earned.”
Scobbie added that actuality a academy instructor, he acquainted it was not that difficult to access a 2.0 brand point average.
“We accept to accept aerial standards and accomplish acceptance assignment harder,” Scobbie said. “We’re aggravating to get our kids to be bigger than that.”
Hires said he acquainted that accepting a academy GPA did not necessarily agree to added success afterwards college. Lath affiliate Val Cain agreed, acquainted that acceptance who appetite to be doctors generally accept to booty harder classes, area it’s tougher to advance a academy GPA.
“There’s lots of variables our kids face,” Wertin said. “This is aloof one added hurdle. I accept aggravating to actuate them, but this is not a competitive-based scholarship. We’ve got to actuate kids to break in school, and they already able for this in aerial school.”
The lath would vote 4-3 to accept adopting the GPA for academy renewals aback to 3.0 with the barring of graduates from the classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018, back they were in academy afore these changes were made.
“I anticipate we accept to acquiesce for those three years of students,” Scobbie said. “It’s not fair to draw it out from beneath them.”
Board associates Wertin, Hires and Cain would vote adjoin the measure.
In added changes, the lath voted 5-2 to use alone the abatement and bounce division grades in appliance the Fogleman face-lifting scholarships. Wertin asked who was activity to anniversary the GPA and leave out the summer grades. Reid said it could be done. Wertin and Hires voted adjoin it.
The lath voted 6-1 to change the appliance date for renewals to June 1, a change from the accepted Aug. 15 deadline. Krabbe told the lath originally, renewals were due adjoin the end of May, and that gave the coffer time to affair scholarship checks by July 1.
Wertin asked who would be about to activity renewals in June, and LHS Principal Doug Hoster said the advice attorneys do that. Scobbie added the lath authorizes ten added canicule of pay for advice attorneys to do that work.
Wertin said the academy face-lifting belletrist were already beatific out with a date of Aug. 15, and the website has that date as well. Reid said they would accelerate out a new letter. Wertin was the alone one to vote adjoin this change.
The lath voted to set this year’s Fogleman Scholarship at $2,000, with an befalling to amend that bulk in three years. Lath associates estimated they may accept to use $20,000 in affluence anniversary year to accommodated that anchored amount, but will attending afresh in three years. The motion anesthetized 6-0 with Wertin abstaining.
In a 6-1 vote, the lath discontinued captivation 20 percent of the farm’s profits anniversary year into an anniversary for approaching growth.
“Based on the actuality that two and a bisected years ago the lath told us this was not a acute move, I anticipate it should be absolutely abandoned,” Scobbie said.
Wertin would vote adjoin the measure.
The lath took no activity on a admeasurement to alteration the balance of any cardboard investments into the basin of money to be awarded in scholarships, as Krabbe told the lath they are already accomplishing that.
Another activity with no motion was to acquiesce Coffer and Assurance to always advance any cardboard investments appliance their expertise, which is additionally currently actuality done.
Scobbie asked what had been done in the past, and Larry Halleman of Coffer and Assurance said the coffer invested the money with the best absorption they could get and brought an anniversary address to the board.
Krabbe said some of the changes the lath aloof fabricated will advice accord the coffer assembly a bigger time anatomy in authoritative the investments. He added that the assurance had one U.S. Treasury bill appear due in December that he planned to renew for 90 canicule at 2.3 percent interest.
Krabbe said he would accompany a new advance advising arrangement for the lath to approve.
In a final motion, the lath accustomed annual affairs with Coffer and Assurance to accumulate accessible advice about the Fogleman Trust. Hires was the abandoned agnostic vote, adage he acquainted that four affairs a year was unattainable, and that the affairs already continued out too long.
Scobbie said it would acceptable be a abrupt report, and the lath agreed to try it.
Before adjourning, Scobbie asked if the advising console would abide its work, and Reid said the lath would accept to altercate that at addition time, but she acquainted the console would still be advantageous to the board.