Seneca East focuses on safety training

ATTICA – It was reported during a meeting Monday that Seneca East Elementary School students are participating in several drills and programs regarding safety, including a recent fire drill and school bus safety program.

Teachers also participated in safety programs, including blood borne pathogen training and meetings to discuss policies and procedures for reporting child abuse and neglect to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Elementary teachers also were introduced to the Safety and Violence Prevention Training now required of all K-12 professionals.

Fire Prevention Week is set for Oct. 6-12. Elementary School Principal Brad Powers informed board members of the plans to follow up on the safety programs that were provided by the local fire department and the State Fire Marshall’s Office last spring and winter.

Cross country team members are to take a trip to Gettysburg, Pa. Students are to leave Oct. 4 and return Oct. 6. The board approved the trip.

Treasurer Laura Brickner presented the financial report, which was approved. Her report included the Medicaid School Program Services contract with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center and a contract with Julian and Grube at a cost of $1,400 to audit the Medicaid ?School Program Services.

High School Principal Don Vogt and Powers shared a petition signed by juniors and seniors regarding prom skits. Many students would like to see this privilege be returned to them. Board members agreed the skits cannot be the same as they were previously. Board members noted several stipulations should the skits be allowed.

Superintendent Laura Kagy presented data on open enrollment. Total enrollment was down slightly compared to previous years. Kagy shared the district report card with members and explained details of the performance index.

In her report, Board President Jaimie Burton said:

The spring conference is set for March at Sentinel or Vanguard.

The capital conference is set for Oct. 10-13 in Columbus.

“Safe Homes for Families” will be providing a fire detector to all persons ordering a pizza in Attica Oct. 6.

In other matters:

Two-hour delays are scheduled for Oct. 17 and Nov. 11 to allow teachers to receive professional development training.

The transportation coordinator job description has been revised to reflect what currently is being done. Board members agreed to revisit this job description at a later date due to job evaluations.

Parent/teacher conferences are set for 4-8 p.m. Nov. 21 and 25.

The board approved membership for Jean Shank in Ohio Association of EMS Professionals for $50.

Approved NCOESC contract for MAPS Student Data Prep for 2013-14 school year.

Kagy recommended approving the substitute teacher list as compiled by NCOESC and any additions that are made to it throughout the 2013-14 school year.

Board members went into executive session to consider the employment of a public employee. No action was taken at this time.

The board is to meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the board office.