School sets calamity day plan

CLYDE – Since January is School Board Recognition Month, Clyde-Green Springs superintendent David Stubblebine presented certificates and expressed appreciation for members’ efforts and time spent serving the district.

Due to the weather, calamity days were discussed. Treasurer Joyce DuPont, after hearing Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to ask for three additional calamity days be permitted to districts, expressed disapproval of the plan. She said it would cost the district an additional $5,000 per day missed because year-round staff worked during the calamity days and would have to be paid overtime.

The board approved the calamity day alternate make-up plan that is to allow students to access and complete classroom lessons in order to complete up to three days of instruction online. Students that do not have access to a computer at home may complete the lesson after the reopening of school.

High school principal Joe Webb said he would be working with teachers to put together the blizzard bag assignments.

Technology Coordinator Jordan Hasselbach reported on phone upgrades being made for the district’s buildings. He said there have been many complications and additional equipment is needed. They are considering a three-year contract which would cost $40,000 the first year and $19,000 per year after that. A decision will need to be made in July.

The meeting moved into executive session to discuss the sale of property at competitive bidding.

In other business, the board:

Heard DuPont say more than $40,000 has been saved by the district in health insurance costs.

Approved a replacement 60-month Fair Market Value lease contract with MT Technologies Inc., with a monthly payment of $6,994.81. This replaces the current contract at $7,498.64 and the copiers with new machines.

Approved staff personnel action.

Accepted the Target field trip grant for $700 that was awarded to Brandon Mussell’s kindergarten classes at Clyde Elementary.

Approved a policy correction regarding class rank and valedictorian guidelines.

Approved the interagency agreement for Seneca County to transition children from the Help Me Grow program to preschool education services.

Approved the 2014 Ohio School Boards Association membership fee of $5,281.

Approved adding several positions for the 2014-15 school year.

Accepted gifts and donations to the schools.

Announced the free Feb. 22 Cleveland Zoo program. Those wishing to attend must get tickets at the school office.

The board is to meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 24.