Discus qualifier recognized at Galion school board meeting
By Sarah Einselen
The Galion school board congratulated senior track and field competitor Michaela Carpenter at its monthly meeting Nov. 10 for reaching fourth place in the OHSAA district track and field competitions. She threw the discus 109 feet, seven inches to qualify for the regional competitions. The athlete is already practicing for next year in area open gym nights, tossing sand-filled bags against the gym walls until the weather warms again for outdoor practice. She has been accepted at both Kent State University and Bowling Green State University and hopes to receive a sports scholarship from one of them.
During the superintendent’s report to the board, Kathy Jenney advised board members that the Ohio School Board Association would be offering webinars on different types of school levies. She said the Galion board may need to take advantage of the webinars to prepare for funding future years’ budgets. Statewide, new operating levies fared badly in this month’s election, she said, quoting unofficial figures that showed just one in seven new or replacement levies passed. Renewals fared better, with 15 passing out of the 16 on ballots.
Jenney also introduced Kyle Solomon to the board as a prospective student representative. The Galion high schooler is a junior naturalist at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary and a member of the tennis team.
The board went into executive session after completing its business to consider the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or compensation of public employees.
School board members George McElligott, Marge McCumber, Jennifer Kuns and Robert Zeisler were present for the meeting; Kuns presided in Dennis Long’s absence. The next meeting of the Galion board of education will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the middle school computer lab. The public is encouraged to attend.