Clyde-GS Board of Education discusses energy audit, tobacco-free school grounds

CLYDE — Clyde-Green Springs Board of Education members met Monday evening and discussed obtaining an energy audit for their facilities by Energy Optimizer to determine any cost savings for the district.

Superintendent Dennis Haft led members in a discussion of instituting a no tobacco policy on all school grounds and the enforcement of such a policy.

Treasurer Meghan Rohde explained the five-year forecast that shows revenue from real estate taxes will be reduced in 2020 because a levy expires that generates $539,000 annually. The current agricultural use value would decrease, according to new state calculations.

On the expense side, salaries, wages and benefits would increase, causing a deficit. The General Fund has enough in a cash balance to stay positive through 2022.

Members discussed future levies for the district since it is unlikely state funding will be increased.

McPherson Middle School Principal Brian Cannon said teachers are creating learning experiences students may share with parents in the classroom. Students recently donated $1,700 to fight cancer through a Volley for the Cure tournament.

Parent-teacher conferences continue 4:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Cannon said.

Katey Brown, co-principal at McPherson Middle School, noted a program on bullying will be presented Friday. Saturday, students are to conduct a dance where costumes are welcome.

About 1:40 p.m. Nov. 9, a Veterans’ Assembly is to take place recognizing students’ family members who have served in the military.

Then, Nov. 15, seventh-graders are to participate in a career day and attend a Toledo Walleye game.

David Marchman, school psychologist, reported Clyde Elementary’s preschool program that provides early intervention received five stars in the state rating. Dana Willey, also a school psychologist, said they have been working on compliance with their student’s individualized education plans.

School nurse Karen Horn reported that 850 students in kindergarten, first, third, fifth, seventh, ninth and 11th grades and those involved in shop class have undergone hearing and vision screenings according to state regulations.

Seventy seven staff members are participating in the walking steps wellness program, she said.

Board member Mike Cleveland recognized Bruce Meggitt, Bob Bishop, Athletic Director Ryan Greenslade and board member Matt Jenne for their work on the upgrade of the discus and shot put area of the track field and the addition of a sidewalk to the area. They also thanked CMS Concrete for donating materials for the project.

The board entered into executive session to discuss employee compensation.

In other business, board members:

• Approved the treasurer’s report.

• Approved the five-year forecast as presented.

• Approved appropriation modifications.

• Approved staff personnel action.

• Employed certified staff to serve on the Clyde Elementary School positive behavior intervention and support committee at $93.11 per person.

• Employed certified staff to serve on the CES Right-to-Read committee at $93.11 per person.

• Employed certified staff for Green Springs Elementary student council.

• Approved Traci Newsome to manage three musical programs at GS Elementary for grades 1-3, 4 and 5 for $279.32 per program.

• Employed certified staff to serve as GS Elementary PBIS committee for $55.86 per person.

• Employed certified staff to serve on the GS Elementary spelling bee committee for $279.32 per person.

• Employed non-certificated persons for extra-duty jobs.

• Approved Tracy Nicely as coordinator of the 2018-19 WSOS after-school program on a one year limited contract for $1,500.

• Employed Melanie Jenne as the CHS broadcast journalism advisor and newspaper print journalism adviser.

• Approved Nancy Greenslade’s re-appointment to the Vanguard-Sentinel board for a three-year term beginning in January.

• Approved the sale of two steamers from the food service department on gov.com for a minimum of $1,500 each.

• Approved seven board policy revisions.

• Approved giving 12 North Point Educational Service Center employees authority to suspend C-GS students from programs if necessary.

• Approved the North Point ESC student handbook.

• Approved an agreement between C-GS and A&G Education Services LLC of Toledo for providing services for special needs in the Leap Program.

• Approved a proposal from Wadsworth Service Northwest to replace the failed boiler at the Clyde Elementary building for a cost of $25,151 for materials and $14,685 for labor.

• Approved a resolution declaring transportation to be impractical for certain identified students.

• Approved an agreement between C-GS BOE and a parent for the transportation of a student to Sentinel Career and Technology Center.

• Approved donating a bus to Madison Motors for scrap after being used for training purposes.

• Accepted gifts and donations that included a $1,000 donation from Sandusky County Restorers of Antique Power to the HS FFA program.

The board of education is to meet next at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Clyde City Council chambers.