The Galion City School District Board of Education held its final regular monthly of the 2015-2016 school year May 23. In addition to standard monthly business, the board recognized the excellence of students and staff members.
The first recognition was for the Believe, Achieve, Succeed Award, which is designed to recognize teachers and staff members who are going beyond the call of duty to make a positive impact on the lives of students. Staff members are nominated by building administrators and other staff members, and the award recipient is selected by Superintendent Jim Grubbs based on the nominations received.
Galion Middle School secretary Mrs. Julie Noggle was selected as the May 2016 recipient of the Believe, Achieve, Succeed Award. In her nomination, Mrs. Noggle was described as a very hard-working individual who always treats every single person fairly, and that she has been a blessing to the Middle School.
“This is a very humbling recognition to receive,” Noggle said. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with the best students and staff at Galion Middle School.”
The second recognition was for the staff at the Galion Primary School. The building was recently awarded the first ever All A Award from the Ohio State Board of Education.
“Mrs. Voss and her staff do a tremendous job working with our youngest Tigers,” Superintendent Grubbs said. “This is a great recognition for our staff, and I am incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication each staff member puts into working with every Galion student.”
The final recognition of the evening was for the Galion High School Symphonic Band and Solo & Ensemble students. The Symphonic Band received a “Superior” rating at the Ohio Music Education Association’s Large Group District competition at Oak Harbor, and followed that performance with an “Excellent” rating at the State competition in Findlay.
Ten Galion High School students were recognized for receiving “Superior” ratings at the Ohio Music Education Association Solo and Ensemble competition. Students receiving the top marks included: Alexis Link (Flute Solo), Allison Bauer (Tuba Solo), Annie Holley (Xylophone Solo), Kendall Moody (Clarinet Solo), Allison Bauer (Flute Solo), Rachel Greene (Alto Saxophone Solo), Madison Lawson (Euphonium Solo) and Autumn Barone, Annie Holley, Kearsten Kostelnik, Megan Kostenlik, and Max Papenhausen (Galion Mallet Ensemble).
“We have incredible visual and performing arts departments at Galion High School,” Grubbs said. “The many accolades students receive yearly are a direct result of the phenomenal job our teachers do in preparing students for competitions at the local, regional and state levels.”
The Board of Education approved all recommendations as presented during the business portion of the meeting, including new three-year collective bargaining agreements with the Galion Education Association and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local #370. The Board also approved the list of seniors who will be participating in the annual graduation ceremony June 3.
The Board then recessed into Executive Session with no additional action being taken. The next regular meeting of the Galion City School District Board of Education will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Galion Middle School Computer Lab Thursday, June 16.
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