Clyde-GS board approves student exchange program

CLYDE – Clyde-Green Springs Board of Education members heard Curriculum Director Joe Letterhos talk about the “Youth Sport Initiative for Social Change” during their meeting Monday.

The initiative is an opportunity for seven Clyde students to travel to the other side of the Earth in 2015.

The board approved participation.

Sponsored by WSOS and the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, all expenses are paid for a 15-day exchange with students from Arkhangelsk, Russia, and northwest Ohio. Clyde would be partnering with Fremont City Schools, which also would have seven qualifying underprivileged students participating.

The students coming from Russia would split their time between Clyde and Fremont districts.

Superintendent Dave Stubblebine noted the district has had 11 calamity days and is using “blizzard bag No. 2.”

Monday, an ALICE – alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate – training took place at the school buildings as well as Harvest Baptist School. Clyde and Green Springs police departments were invited to participate.

He said the district is considering reintroducing industrial arts classes for students and administrators plan to visit Port Clinton High School to look over its program.

Stubblebine said three Clyde wrestlers and the bowling team are going to state tournaments. He noted the girls basketball team won its sectional game.

Treasurer Joyce Dupont said the district received another $59,000 from casino taxes, bringing the year’s total to more than $116,000.

Clyde Elementary Principal Jackie Davis said additional after-school programs are being conducted to prepare third-graders for reading tests. Right to Read week will be celebrated March 10-14 titled “Hats Off to Reading” with a Dr. Seuss theme. March 13 is family reading night.

Green Springs Elementary Principal Randy Stockmaster said WSOS has collaborated with kindergarten teachers in the district to help children be kindergarten ready. An opportunity for parents to ask questions and learn how they may assist will be offered March 19.

High school principal Joe Webb said seven boys from Clyde High School are participating at Boys State this year.

The meeting moved into executive session for discussion of the sale of district-owned property, and compensation for a public employee.

In other matters, the board:

Renewed the contract of Dupont from Aug. 1 until July 31, 2019, and approved the board president entering into negotiations with the treasurer for modifications.

Approved 2015 tax rates supplied by the Sandusky County auditor.

Approved staff personnel action.

Employed non-certificated persons for extra-duty jobs.

Approved volunteer personnel for spring sports.

Approved a staff class change for Ward Widmer.

Approved the high school music department field trip to Florida during spring break, March 28-April 2, 2015.

Approved an agreement with the Texas Migrant Council seasonal Head Start to provide services to children transitioning into public school or local education agency and/or services to eligible children for early childhood, a special education program, in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.

Approved an agreement with Battelle for Kids Data Service.

Approved an agreement with the Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities for services to eligible individuals with multiple handicaps as described in Title 33 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Approved a three-year contract with Dataserv for the district interconnected VOIP services July 1 through June 30, 2017.

Accepted gifts and donations.

Announced Accafellas is performing at the high school April 26.

The board next meets at 6 p.m. March 24.