School recognizes businesses

CLYDE — To open the Clyde-Green Springs Board of Education meeting Monday night, Superintendent Dennis Haft and teacher Laurie Good recognized three companies she nominated for the Ohio State Board Association Business Honor Roll for 2018. Firelands Regional Medical Center, Crown Battery and Century Die received plaques and certificates from the district for participation in the Career Readiness Program. The firms provided students opportunities to job shadow, even observing surgeries and experiencing skilled trades.

“This has been near to my heart, seeing the need for skilled trades. This is huge for the community. I’ve been trying to get rid of the stigma of people thinking manufacturing is a bad word. There are a lot of opportunities there,” said Bob Michael from Crown Battery.

Members discussed a language arts requirement for the district. High School Principal Joe Webb reported many students are not taking a senior English course, but they are able to take an online course in American or British literature. He has created a culture of reading at the high school where classrooms stop for 19 minutes Tuesdays and students and teachers only read. A book club has been developed to enhance an interest in reading.

Fellow principal Ryan Norris thanked Webb for his foresight with programming at the school.

“I would tell students their most important subject was reading. If you can’t read, you can’t do math; if you can’t read, you can’t do science,” board member Mike Cleveland said.

Spanish teachers Heather Murray and Andrea Moya approached the board about a Spanish class trip to Costa Rica for students who have completed three or four years of Spanish. The nine-day trip is scheduled June 8-18, 2019, and is to cost each student about $2,600. If more than 12 students participate, costs may be reduced. The schedule allows students to earn the needed funds for the trip.

“This is a good opportunity for the students to visit other parts of the world and come back with a greater sense of gratitude,” Murray said.

The teachers are to obtain concrete numbers for participation and costs and approach the board for approval during the June 25 meeting.

While explaining the five-year forecast, Treasurer Meghan Rohde said 50 percent of the district’s funding comes from the state and that amount is fluid depending on the student population. She also noted a 10-year levy that generates $539,000 annually expires in 2020.

In other business, board members:

• Approved the treasurer’s report.

• Approved the five-year forecast as presented.

• Approved the transfer of $115,182 from the General Fund to the Classroom Facilities Maintenance Fund as required from the OSFC annually from proceeds of the 1 percent earned-income tax.

• Approved the transfer of the balance in the Tournament Fund to the Athletic Fund at the end of the year.

• Transferred $50,000 from the General Fund to the Termination Benefits Fund.

• Approved the 2018 Literacy Summer School Program for grades 2-3 June 11-July 12.

• Approved McPherson Middle School 2018 Summer School Program June 11-July 13.

• Approved the 2018 Clyde High School Virtual Learning Academy Summer School Program June 4-July 27.

• Approved staff personnel action.

• Employed Tracy Nicely as a tutor for the C-GS 2018 Literacy Summer School Program.

• Contracted for services with Haugland Learning Center.

• Contracted for computer services with Northern Ohio Educational Computer Association July 1-June 30, 2019, for a cost of $49,111.18.

• Approved the payment of $21,334.48 to Kalahari Resort for the 2018 prom from the student fund.

• Approved the sale of two electric steam cookers from the Food Service Department on at a minimum of $2,000 for both.

• Approved new and revised board policies.

• Approved 2018 summer sports camps.

• Authorized the purchase of an International school bus chassis through the Ohio Schools Council consortium bids.

• Tabled the motion to approve the purchase of a gas-powered bus for $87,287.

• Approved a resolution declaring transportation is impractical for certain students and offers the parents/guardians payment-in-lieu of transportation.

• Approved a contract with TEK Seal from Norwalk for $28,865 to surface sports areas and seal asphalt and cracks at Green Springs Elementary.

• Approved a contract with Edmentum for use of Study Island and the implementation of Exact Path at MMS for intervention purposes at a cost of $14,513.60.

• Contracted with WSOS Community Action Commission Inc. July 1-June 30, 2019, for pre-school.

• Approved administrative contract extensions for David Marchman, Vicky Nieset, Randy Hawk and Dan Shafer.

• Re-appointed Karen Langley to the Clyde Library Board.

• Heard 26 Clyde-Green Springs students received passports from Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Center.

• Granted the superintendent to enter into contract with a printer/copier company.

• Accepted gifts and donations that included a Case 580 Super M Loader Backhoe, valued at $25,000, from the city of Clyde; and a $1,000 donation to the CHS FFA by Clyde Exchange Club No. 1914.

The board is to meet at 6 p.m. June 25 in the Clyde City Council chambers.