Improvements to greet Clyde-GS students today

Today is the first day of school for students in the Clyde-Green Springs District, and they are returning to classes amid improvements.

Board of Education President Matt Jenne noted Monday the Safety Committee raised $11,000 for several projects. The public address and camera systems have been upgraded and the maintenance crew has installed locks on all classroom doors.

Jenne noted the district has to develop an evacuation plan in case of an active shooter situation. He said the district hopes to connect its cameras with the local police department for surveillance of the buildings and said Clyde Police Officer Erik Kessler will serve as the district’s full-time resource officer.

Board members approved a three-year contract being offered to Superintendent Dennis Haft, effective Aug. 1, 2019 through July 31, 2022. Haft said, “Thank you for renewing my contract. I truly enjoy being here. It’s certainly like coming home.”

Board liaison to the Athletic Board of Control, Mark Rosche, reported discussions to replace the turf on the athletic field is ongoing.

Members entered into executive session for discussion of the employment and compensation of a public employee.

The board is to conduct a work session at 5 p.m. Sept. 5 at the board office.

In other business, board members:

• Appointed Rosche as delegate to the annual business meeting of the Ohio School Boards Association Nov. 12 and Mike Cleveland as alternate.

• Employed Melanie Jenne as resident educator coordinator on a one-year limited contract for a $1,000 stipend, serving as district contact for mentors and resident educators for next year.

• Employed Jenne as a mentor for Derek Gray, Drew Lindor and Sarah Stamm, teachers who hold a four-year resident educator license, for $800 each.

• Approved a partnership with North Point Educational Service Center for a business advisory council.

• Approved the agreement with the Wood County Juvenile Detention Center of Northwest Ohio.

• Approved the contract with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center for audiology services.

• Approved the program contract with North Central Ohio ESC for hearing-impaired service.

• Approved a Costa Rica trip for Spanish class students in June.

• Approved the installation of LED lighting in the high school gymnasium at a cost of $11,343.96 and the auxiliary gymnasium at a cost of $9,570.50.

• Approved the revision of a board policy regarding the drug and alcohol testing policy for eligible students.

• Approved disposal of used piano keyboards by the music department.

• Approved the sale of six French horns by the music department.

• Approved postponing evaluation of Kristen Fett and Colleen Valco for one year due to Resident Educators Summative Assessment requirements.

• Accepted gifts to the schools, including a $4,000 donation to McPherson Middle School from athletic boosters.

The school board is to meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 in Clyde City Council chambers.