Galion BOE recognizes students, volunteers, good samaritans
By Matt Echelberry
The Galion Board of Education held a special work session meeting on Oct. 25. Board President Dennis Long was absent.
A lot of parents, students and community members were in attendance because the Board wished to recognize several individuals. Superintendent Dr. Kathy Jenney and Board Vice President Jennifer Kuns handed out several certificates of recognition (see below for individual names).
The girls’ tennis team was recognized because it was 12–0 in its conference and won the NCC championship.
The volunteers for two recent projects were also recognized. First for the installation of the new visitor side bleachers at Unkrich Stadium, which Jenney reported saved the district $12,000 through the use of volunteers. The other project was the painting done at the football field for the game against Wynford, in which tiger striping was put on the end zones and a ‘G’ emblem on the 50-yardline.
Those who helped during an emergency situation were also recognized. On a bus ride from Pioneer recently, there was an incident in which a student needed medical attention. Bus driver Vicki Teerman said four students stepped up to aide her during the situation.
“Thank you for being there, it really shows what you’re all about,” Jenney said to the students.
After the presentation, the Board continued with its regular business. Treasurer Terri Day presented her Five year forecast. By her estimation, the district will be in the red by end of next school year.
In superintendent’s recommendations, the Board approved a continuing contract for Brent Tyrell, a promotion for DiAnna Danner and a contract for Kevin Wechter as a substitute custodian and maintenance/mechanic. It also accepted the resignation of Christina Boehler as a high school cook.
In agreements, the Board approved a contract with Mid Ohio Educational Service Center for instructional technology professional development in the amount of $3,250 (to be paid with grant funds.
It also approved Student Disability contracts with Mount Gilead and Ontario schools, for Galion resident students who are educated at those institutions, as well as a Spanish Enrichment Service contract with Carolina Martinez Karam, to be paid from the Galion Community Education Foundation Grant.
In curriculum, it approved a second reading for changes to Middle School reading, math and technology electives.
The Board also approved a resolution accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the Budget Commission to authorize and certify the necessary tax rates to the county auditor.
In the work session topics, David Smith from the Brewer Garrett Company discussed energy savings for the district. Brewer Garrett offers services to increase energy efficiency for commercial, educational, governmental, healthcare and industrial institutions.
Previously the company came to the High School and installed energy-efficient lighting, enhanced energy metering and altered vending machine energy consumption. Smith presented a preliminary energy audit based on energy bills at the High School building for the past few months.
He reported that, because of the changes, the district can expect an annual guarantee of $40, 451 in energy savings.
He recommended the Board consider the installation of a co-generation micro-turbine at the High School. If installed, Smith said there would be no change in the power operation, but all of the waste heat produced would be put back into use. He predicted that the turbine could produce 42 percent of the building’s heating needs, reducing the district’s energy bills even further.
As far as paying for the installation, Smith explained that House Bill 264, passed in 1985, allows school districts to borrow money for energy renovations, which could cover the cost of the project.
The next topic for the work session was the district’s tax levy. Jenney reminded the Board that there will be three community meetings held to provide more information about the levy and why it is needed. (See the insert in today’s issue of the Inquirer.)
The Ohio Department of Education released its district report card data on Oct. 17. Dr. Sandy Powell, director of curriculum, went over the results. Galion City Schools received an “effective” rating as a district and at the High School, as well as an “excellent with distinction” rating for the Middle School.
She also went over ACT data, which was included in the ODE report card this year. She compared the district’s results with state averages, which showed that Galion rates higher than most of the averages.
In response, Powell developed several District Accountability Goals for this school year so that the district can improve.
Megan Thompson, the student representative, reported that students are complaining that they cannot print in the library, which is especially a problem for post-secondary students.
The problem has arisen due to a district-wide phasing out of laser printers. Jenney explained that, as a result of the transition to new printers, the library printer has not yet been replaced but hopes it will be soon.
The next regular Board of Education meeting is Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. A special meeting was set for Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. and the Dec. 13 meeting was changed to Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. All of them are held at the Middle School Computer Lab.
Recognition of Girls Tennis Team for Outstanding NCC Record 2012: Kelsey Cassady, Sara Cassady, Raven Crawford, Sierra Johnson, Kayla LaForest, Donnetta Lester and Katelyn Smith. Coached by Bob Roesch and Terry Gribble.
Recognition of the safe care in an emergency bus situation: Bus Drivers Vicki Teerman and Linda Hiatt; Students Alexandria Baker, Elaine Finch, Jessica Ireland, Makaela Keen and Merrick Swango.
Recognition of the volunteer work of the following individuals for the Visitor Bleacher Installation Project: Jacob Burgess, Lupe Campo, Scott Campo, Rodney Dean, Lee Kimberlin, Tim McDaniel, Jerry McElhatten, Jim Meyer, Randy Moritz, Larry Palmer, Tony Tanner and Stan Walters (volunteers), and Bill Hurlow, Jeff Shipman and Joe Tucker (maintenance staff).
Recognition of the volunteer work of the following individuals for the Painting Project: Chad Early, Scott Eckert, Nate Lovely and Kyle Parsons.