Bullying, athletics and special education were among the several topics discussed during the Galion City School’s Board of Education at a regular meeting Tuesday night.
The school board was given an overview of how the district manages 435 students with disabilities. That’s about 23 percent of the 1,886 students the district serves, Special Education Director Cindy Parrott said.
Many of the students attend different facilities for services, which include nursing, speech, physical therapy, occupation therapy and behavioral specialist.
“They are our responsibility,” she said.
Superintendent James Grubbs informed the board that the board’s student representative Tristan Gosser will be working with the school’s technology experts to provide a “parent tips” resource on the school website. The resource will provide parents information about how their students are using technology such as ghost apps on smartphones, which have options to hide certain information if a phone was searched.
For athletics, the board approved returning the assistant principal and athletic director contracts to two separate contracts for the 2015-16 school year. Kyle Baughn will continue to serve in the AD position. Grubbs said the AD position will have a truancy officer component added to the job description.
“Kyle does an outstanding job with the athletic director position,” Grubbs said.
Grubbs said the minimum bid for a contract to construct a new press box for the football field at Heise Park was $80,000 over the architects estimate at about $230,000. No additional action was taken.
Additionally, Upper Sandusky has reached out to join the Mid Ohio Athletic Conference, which now has eight teams with the addition of Ontario and Clear Fork, Grubbs said.
Upper Sandusky is part of the Northern 10 Athletic Conference with other Crawford County schools such as Colonel Crawford and Bucyrus. Shelby was interested in joining the MOAC but the conference wanted eight schools at the time. Shelby is looking at another league, said Athletic Director Kyle Baughn.
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