Galion BOE honors students, approves MOAC
By Rachel Mendell — Inquirer Editor -
Treasurer Linda Kidwell presented a study by Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center which showed financial changes within the Galion district in the past 10 years. In 2000, 379 of the 2,552 children, ages 5 to 17, were considered within the poverty distinction. In 2010 those numbers changed to 607 children in the poverty level out of 2,311. Real property valuations went from $165,278,600 in tax year 2009–2010 to 164,438,140 in tax year 2011–2012. This lead to a decrease in real estate tax revenue for the district.
Kathy Jenney presented the No Child Left Behind flexibility request sent by Stan W. Heffner, state superintendent, to the federal government asking for changes in the No Child Left Behind plan including letter grading of district report cards and cutting red tape. Other states are pushing for the same reforms, said Jenney.
In personnel issues the resignation of Rashan Rush was accepted. Extra duty was assigned to Randy Endsley, JV baseball coach; Sean Maguire, track coach; Joshual Riggle and Ryan Tanner, baseball coaches.
Cheryl Washington was approved for the retire-rehire once year plan. Personnel for the 1 to 1 pilot program were approved as well as teachers for the Teacher-to-Teacher Professional Development Program who will receive $100 from grant funds.
In agreements, the board approved contracts with K12 School Consultants LLC, BlueSky Meeting Solutions for electronic internal meetings, and contracts with River Valley and Crestline for open enrollment of Galion residents.
Donations were accepted including $3,500 for the Showtunes Student Activity Fund, $673 for a competition buzzer system for Academic Challenge, $500 for the high school spring musical, $361 for the second grade trip to the Bucyrus Candle Factory, $209 for the Biggest Loser Competition at the middle school, $199 for the Math Online Membership and $400 for the campus wear fund from Lifetouch National School Studios.
The new social studies curriculum was presented to the board and the board passed it on the first reading.
The board approved revisions made to the 1 to 1 program policies. Supt. Kathy Jenney added that the Internet feature on each of the student laptops can be programmed to turn off at anytime, as per parent preference or for disciplinary measures.
The board will be asking the state for four waiver days for either May or August to allow for more professional training in the 1 to 1 program.
The board accepted the invitation to membership to the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference. The board approved a $500 stipend for the teachers involved in the solo and ensemble musical competitions.
After further research and discussion, Kevin Early recommended to the board that the new bus garage project be built using Professional Design Services and Construction Manager at Risk Services instead of Design Built services. The board approved the treasurer to advertise for the change.
Two policies were read and passed by the board on the first reading, 1) the rate of contribution by administrators toward health insurance costs – all administrators will be contributing equally, and 2) a performance bonus system for district administrators.
There will be a special board meeting March 21 at 6:30 p.m. The board moved into executive session to discuss personnel matters. There was no further business after the meeting.