Public weighs in on Fostoria principal

FOSTORIA – Fostoria Board of Education had a public hearing Monday evening for the potential rehire of retiring Fostoria junior/senior high school Principal Thomas Grine.

The board and Grine were asked why the rehiring would be more beneficial than bringing in a new principal. Many in attendance felt it would be a step back, as Fostoria City Schools has been making positive growth, with more coming, as was seen with the Ohio Graduation Test indicator showing students in Fostoria are receiving better scores.

The board approved resolution No. 13-12, which states opposition to Gov. John Kasich’s House Bill 59, a bill that would allow for the transfer of public money to private schools based on student attendance. The board plans on sending copies of the resolution to the governor and members of the Ohio General Assembly.

The board thanked voters for passing the May levy ballot, which in turn led to the five-year forecast being approved. The forecast shows the potential amount of money received by the schools as well as their expenditures for the five years.

In other matters, the board:

Approved Resolution No. 13-08, 13-09, 13-10 and 13-11.

Approved revisions to board policies.

Approved an agreement between the Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Fostoria City Schools for services provided to Fostoria students attending the School of Opportunity.

Approved a contract between the Fostoria City School District and the Wood County Educational Service Center for the 2013 Summer Autism Program.

Approved the continued membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2013-2014 school year.

Approved the resignation of Ashley Brown, head volleyball coach.

Approved all personnel for employment.