Child’s lunch raises questions

NEW RIEGEL — New Riegel Board of Education members listened Monday evening as parent Sue Wilkinson told them she brought her 11-year-old daughter a meal from Chipotle for lunch Sept. 1. She was told her daughter could either eat the meal in the office or purchase the school lunch.

Wilkinson wanted to know if it is a policy.

“There is nothing in the student handbook,” she said.

Superintendent Dave Rombach, who previously had spoken with Wilkinson by phone about the issue, said it is not a written policy but to participate in the National School Lunch Program, the district must follow certain guidelines that includes the school limiting marketed products during lunch hours 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. The district’s wellness policy says outside food may not be eaten between those hours.

“We have always considered it being in competition with the cafeteria,” Rombach said.

“When my kids didn’t eat in the cafeteria, I sent Lunchables in a brown paper bag,” board member Jeff Hohman said.

Rombach said he would review the wellness policy and make sure the National School Lunch Program guidelines clearly are stated in a policy for the student handbook.

Rombach went on to report the fourth-grade class would be participating in Ohio Heritage Days Friday at Hedges-Boyer Park.

Remedial work continues on the roof of the school. The elementary wing is to have metal roofing placement start next week while the high school wing is having the old roof removed. Some metal decking and masonry work is necessary in several areas.

He reported windows leaking on a couple school buses has been an issue and is investigating to resolve the problem.

Grades 5-12 Principal Justin Johnson’s report noted senior Lauren Theis was chosen as the September Student of the Month at Vanguard/Sentinel Career Center.

Treasurer Jane Schalk reported receiving the second-half real estate taxes that showed a $10,000 increase for the district.

Board members entered into executive session to discuss complaints against a public employee.

In other business, board members:

• Transferred $9,787.75 from the General Fund to the Permanent Improvement Fund, which is the amount received from casino taxes in August.

• Transferred $75,000 from the General Fund to the Permanent Improvement Fund.

• Approved reduced student fees for the 2017-18 school year.

• Established a fund for Title IV-A Student Support and Academic Enrichment.

• Accepted grants totaling $128,615.70.

• Declared transportation of resident students to Calvert Catholic Schools and Heritage Christian is impracticable and are to provide in lieu of transportation, a payment to the parent per student for 2017-18 school year.

• Approved a contract with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center for behavioral consultant services Aug. 1-July 31 at a cost of $50 per hour plus mileage.

• Hired Deanna Lucius and Barbara Weinandy as non-certified substitutes.

• Approved volunteer coaches: Rick Hutton, junior high girls’ basketball; Mark Theis, high school girls’ basketball; Steve Lucius, high school girls’ basketball and Alex Acree, high school boys’ basketball.

• Hired Scot Acree as assistant boys’ basketball coach for 2017-18.

• Approved the payment of $7,230.81 to John G. Johnson Construction per change orders.

• Transferred $7,230.81 from the General Fund to a Construction Fund to cover the change orders.

• Approved a contract with EPC/MEC for the assignment of USDA donated foods for the 2018-19 school year.

• Approved potential overnight trips for the FFA for the 2017-18 school year.

• Approved a fundraiser for the sociology class to donate to Hurricane Harvey relief.

• Approved the senior class trip to Disney World March 18-23, 2018.

The board of education meets at 7 p.m. Oct. 9.