Galion BOE discusses new visitor bleachersBy Matt Echelberry
At the Aug. 23 Galion Board of Education meeting, board members first went into executive session for 35 minutes. When they returned and resumed the regular meeting, Dr. Kathy Jenney, superintendent of the district, recommended the reinstatement of Sean Maguire as middle school health teacher under the provisions of the reduction in force procedure.
The board approved it, as well as an adjustment to the employment contract dates for Joe Tucker (grounds supervisor), Cheryl Jason (student support services specialist for the intermediate school) and Ed Rich (middle school principal). Jenney explained the adjustment corrected the dates for the employment periods of those individuals.
The following were approved for extra-duty assignments for the 2012–13 school year: Krista McKibben and Jamie Tate, cheerleading coaches; Michelle Harmon and Heather Dyer, volunteer cheerleading coaches; Elizabeth Weithman, freshman volleyball coach; Katie Holt, 7th grade volleyball coach; and Rob Newcome, volunteer football coach.
Several transportation agreements with other school districts were approved. With Colonel Crawford, to provide student transportation to the Tomorrow Center in Mt. Gilead (cost not to exceed $9,000). With Mt. Gilead Exempted Village School District, to the Ohio School for the Deaf and the Ohio School for the blind (cost not to exceed $10,000). With River Valley, for handicapped and non-handicapped students attending the North Central Ohio Rehabilitation Center.
Jenney explained that these cooperative agreements keep costs down for all school districts involved.
A one-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Galion Education Association was approved. There will be no increase in employee base salary, but a 10 percent contribution from salaries will be made to health, dental and vision insurance. Board President Dennis Long and Board member Bob Zeisler both thanked the GEA for its contribution.
In past meetings the potential project for replacing the visitor side bleachers was discussed and bids were opened on Aug. 17. That evening, the board approved construction for the project, which has been divided in two.
The first part is labeled as site preparation, in which the existing bleachers will be demolished and the concrete base for the new bleachers will be installed. (The visitor side press box is free standing. As of now, the plan is to keep it there.) The winning bid went to Weithman Construction at a total cost of $19,875.
Farnam Equipment will be performing the second part of the project, which is the installation of the new bleachers. The total cost for installation is $36,900. Jenney presented sketches of what the new set will look like. It is made of aluminum and will have a seating capacity of 784 plus eight wheelchair spaces.
The Galion Board of Education’s next regular meeting will be Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m., in the computer lab of the middle school.