Hilliard school board members dispatched routine business during a 17-minute session Oct. 8 before adjourning into an executive session to discuss a pending real estate transaction and the hire, termination, promotion, demotion or discipline of an employee.
Board president Lisa Whiting announced that Superintendent Dale McVey had received an Exemplary Leadership Award from the Buckeye Association of School Administrators.
McVey was aware in advance of the award, but he did not know Whiting was going to recognize him at the meeting.
"None of those words (that the Buckeye Association of School Administrators used to describe McVey) are a surprise to us. We're pleased that someone outside our district recognizes (McVey)," Whiting said.
McVey received the award for Region 8. The Buckeye Association of School Administrators presents the award to an active BASA member who "demonstrated outstanding educational leadership in making significant contributions to educational administration in a school district."
Hilliard Station Sixth Grade School hosted the Oct. 8 board meeting.
Principal Kevin Buchman and 10 members of the school's student council presented the "Habits of the Mind" initiative, which is an effort based on a published book to aid students in meeting challenges and taking responsible risks.
In formal action taken during the meeting, board members approved the treasurer's report for August 2012, minutes from previous meetings and a consent agenda that included changes in employment, supplemental salaries, and contractual stipends.
A total of seven students from among the district's three high schools received high school diplomas for the successful completion of summer courses.
Lastly, board members approved revisions to seven board policies, described as minor in nature by district spokeswoman Amanda Morris.
Among the policy revisions were those concerning emergency closings, telephone services, professional staff vacation and holidays, home schooling, tuberculosis control and taxing and borrowing authority.
Morris said the latter was the most significant, as the revisions allow the district to better manage its debt.
"It will give us the potential to elevate our bond rating," Morris said.
Hilliard currently has the second-highest possible bond rating from both the major bond-rating companies, Moody's and Standard and Poor's.
The next regularly scheduled school board meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Ridgewood Elementary School, 4237 Dublin Road.