Dress code tops school board meeting

FOSTORIA — Fashion was the hot topic of the evening during Monday night’s Fostoria City Schools Board of Education meeting. Specifically, the school system’s renewed commitment toward enforcing the dress code was what was on the mind of many of those who attended the meeting.

Many parents and even some students spoke up and raised their concerns over how the district is enforcing the dress code policy.

The complaints ranged from the school “playing favorites” to rumors of staff members forcing some students to remove their shoes to provide evidence that their socks were the right color.

Other students criticized the school for writing them up for having pants legs that were to long, girls were forced to remove earrings and one student was given a detention because he failed to wear a belt.

Fostoria Junior/Senior High School Principal Drew Bauman said he was unaware of the particulars that were brought up and he was unsure of which teachers may have been involved in the cases.

“We have given them an inch and that inch became a mile,” he said. “They were only getting warnings without consequences.”

In other matters, the board:

• Approved an expenditure of $84,072 to Rush Bus Center.

• Approved the resignation of Christine Kempf as assistant treasurer.

• Approved the hiring of Amanda Stahl, fiscal services receptionist/secretary; Olivia Martinez, paraprofessional; Patricia Moates, custodian/food service; Ralph Navarro, bus driver; and Alexandra Lenzo, music director and vocal music.

• Approved a $2,500 stipend for Ali Root for duties as the district homeless/family liaison for the 2018-19 academic year.

The board went into executive session for the purpose of “consideration of the purchase of property for public purposes, or sale of property at competitive bidding” and “preparing for, conducting or reviewing negotiations or bargaining sessions with public employees concerning their compensation or other terms and conditions of employment.” No action was taken.

The board is to meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 15