Calendar change means extended spring break for Galion students


GALION — Students in the Galion City Schools will enjoy an extended break next month because of changes made to the school calendar by the district’s Board of Education on March 13.

During the regular monthly meeting, the board voted to extend the Spring Break for the 2016-2017 school year by three days. This year’s Spring Break will begin Wednesday, April 12, and students will return to school Wednesday, April 19.

“The main reason for this change is to allow more professional development time for our staff,” said Superintendent Jim Grubbs. “These additional professional development days are important for our staff because it helps them learn new ways to help our students reach their maximum potential.”

The board also approved a change to their regular and special meeting schedule for the remainder of the 2017 calendar year. All board meetings will now take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, beginning with the next regular board meeting April 18.

“The revised board meeting calendar was approved to accommodate the busy schedules of our board members,” said Grubbs. “We have an outstanding group of individuals leading this district, and we want to ensure they have every opportunity to make a positive impact on our students and staff.”

The board approved the new High School course offering guide, and adopted the district’s new mission statement and school board handbook. The board also approved agreements with Apple to continue its 1:1 Technology Program and Craig A. Miley Realty & Auction for listing the site of the former high school for sale.

“We are proud to say that the Galion City School District was the first school district in Crawford County to implement a 1:1 Technology Program in 2010,” said Grubbs. “Ronnie Rinehart (District Technology Director), Steven Hammond (Technology Coordinator) and Trent Porter (IT Field Technician) do a fantastic job working with our staff to develop new and innovative means for educating students, utilizing the latest in technology and programs.”

The board recessed into executive session following the approval of all other agenda items with no additional business conducted after the session. The next regular meeting of the Galion City School District Board of Education will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Galion Middle School computer lab April 18.

Staff report

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