Galion BOE hears 3rd grade results
By Matt Echelberry
The Galion Board of Education held its final meeting for 2012 on Dec. 12. First, Superintendent Kathy Jenney and Board President Dennis Long recognized two players from the 2012 volleyball team: Reanne Neal, First Team NCC and District 6 Second Team, and Caroline DelGreco, Honorable Mention NCC. Head Coach Jaime Valentine was in attendance as well and announced the team had a record of 15–9 this season.
After the Board approved the financial report, Dr. Sandra Powell, director of curriculum, presented the Third Grade Fall OAA Results. Out of 151 students tested, 68 percent were graded proficient or above. Powell said the district has not had scores that high since 2007. She added that most school districts in Crawford County improved as well.
Another item brought up was bus fuel options. Jenney explained the district has been looking at ways to purchase fuel more efficiently and will continue looking at different options.
The following personnel were approved for Race to the Top Committees: Leadership Team — Shelly Barton, Amy Buzard, Ashlee Cuttitta, Sue Jarvis, Andy Johnson, Cindy Parrott, Sandy Powell and Cindy Voss; Assessment Team — Kyle Baughn, Kim Chandler, Judy Cortelletti, Ashlee Cuttitta, Lynn Evans, Jessica Hammond, Andy Johnson, Nicci Lambright, Krista McKibben, Cindy Parrott, Sandy Powell, Heidi Rietschlin, Jon Stinehour, Jaime Valentine, Cindy Voss, Troy Yunker and Mira Zeisler.
The Board also approved Lynn Evans as Tutor Coordinator for Advancement via Individual Determination, as well as Cindy Rode and Joylyn Finch as AVID team members.
Charlotte Sipes and Susan Sparks were approved as substitute cooks, and Ronald Kostelnik was approved as Middle School wrestling coach. The Board also accepted the resignation of Sean Maguire as weight training coordinator.
A date was set for the Organizational Meeting for Jan. 10 at 6 p.m., immediately before the next regular meeting.
Treasurer Terri Day asked the Board to authorize her to “annually adjust the mimimum salary for non-contractual substitute personnel to the extent necessary in order to comply with federal and state minimum wage laws,” and also “adjust all other non-contractual substitute personnel salaries by the same amount (dollars/cents) to maintain the difference among various salary levels.”
Day noted that federal minimum wage will increase in January and the change would not effect contracted personnel. The Board voted in favor, with Board member George McElligott dissenting.
In agreements, the Board approved an additional 10 days of psychologist services through North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, at a cost of $3,183. (School districts are required by law to use such services in order to identify special needs children.)
It also approved an agreement with McGown and Markling, LPA for 10 complimentary hours of legal services for the school year, renewed membership to the Galion Area Chamber of Commerce, and a contract for MedCentral Health System Adolescent Psychiatric Unit Pupils.
Donations were accepted from 1) Galion Building and Loan for solar calculators for all grade six students and new seventh and eighth grade students for a total value of $2,386.50. This is the 21st year for this donation from Galion Building and Loan with over 4,700 calculators donated. 2) Galion Youth Football Association for reimbursement of paint for the football field.
In a final item of business, the Board approved a second reading for the following curriculum: 21st Century Skills (grades 6–8), 21st Century Skills (grades 3–5) and Math Intervention/Enrichment (grade 5).
The Galion Board of Education will meet next on Jan. 10, 2013 at 6:30 p.m., inside the Middle School computer lab.