The late Afton board of education president Tony Shepard will be recognized and a plaque presented to his family during the games against Foyil on Saturday, Feb. 11.

AFTON— Afton Public Schools will be honoring late board of education president Tony Shepard at its basketball games on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The Afton Board of Education discussed the honorary date during its regular meeting on Monday.

Superintendent Randy Gardner and longtime friend of Shepard informed the board that the late president would be recognized and a plaque will be presented to his family during the games against Foyil.

Shepard passed away on Dec. 30 and succeeded former board member Bill Jacobs in death, who had passed away in Oct. 2015. Jacobs was honored during aa Afton football game, and the board wished to continue the tradition.

With the president seat vacant, the board decided to rotate seats. Jeff Robinson will serve as president, Grant Victor as vice-president, Lyle Crane as clerk and Lora Gibson as a member.

In addition, the board discussed unoccupied board seat No. 2 and tabled the item for the board to pursue possible candidates.

“We have 60 days (to appoint a member) and we have decided that will be from this point on (Jan. 9),” Gardner said. “Looking at the calendar, we won’t have to make that appointment until the March board meeting. You all need to be doing some thinking, talking and so forth in reference to appointment. That person will be on there until election time next year and then they can choose to file or not.”

In graduation news, the board approved to amend the school calendar to move the high school graduation from May 12, 2017, to May 14, 2017, at 3 p.m.

In prom news, the board approved the Jr/Sr Prom at Peoria Ridge in Miami on April 14, 2017.

In superintendent reports, Gardner discussed enrollment comparisons from the end of May 2016 to Aug. 2016 to present and the school is down seven students overall. He informed the board that Afton Schools is down approximately $84,000 from last year’s budget.

Homeland Security was on campus for one day before the school’s inservice meeting to observe the facility and will be sending the school a report in the near future of suggestions to help keep Afton Schools safe.

In facility reports, the maintenance employees worked on a number of projects including applying gym finish to the elementary gym, classroom repairs and replacing the heater in the middle school hallway.

The board discussed possible facility improvements especially to the middle school section of the elementary building. Robinson made a motion to authorize Gardner to come up with two plans of action- cost of remodeling and the cost of replacement and/or additions and report back to the board.

Lastly, Gardner handed the board members an e-mail that he received from a former superintendent complementing Afton students on how well behaved they were after stopping for breakfast at a restaurant on the way to the tournament.

“It’s not every day that you receive information like this, but it goes to show you that the way the students conduct themselves on trips is a big reflection on the school,” Gardner said.

In other news, the board:

•appointed Lyle Crane as a Legislative Liaison.