The young ladies on the 4 x 100 meter relay of the GHS Track and Field team were recognized last night. The athletes earned the Division II state championship title in Columbus in May.
During the Aug. 21 Galion Board of Education meeting Clair Erlsten, Sydney Hunt, Laura McElligott and Michaela Slone were officially recognized for their achievement. Makaila Grimes was also recognized as the alternate for the relay. Their coaches, Todd Roston and Colby Bright, were on hand that evening as well.
Superintendent Mark Stefanik said he was unable to go to Columbus to watch the race. “When I saw it on WMFD, though, it was very exciting. I’m sure even more so in person.” The team members each received a certificate.
In meeting business Dr. Sandy Powell, director of curriculum, gave an update on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.
A total of 164 students were tested last fall and spring under the new state mandate. Fifteen of them did not have a passing score and participated in a summer intervention program. Their final chance to pass was administered last week; two students will need to take third grade reading this school year, but are allowed to enter the fourth grade. They will be re-assessed in the middle of the school year.
“We made great strides in the past year and we will continue to find the best interventions for our students,” Powell concluded.
Stefanik added that teachers did a great job in preparing the students. He also announced that Galion fourth graders were selected to be part of a national assessment this year.
In the combined financial report for June and July, Interim Treasurer Randy Harvey reported the ending balance for last fiscal year was $1.8 million. The figure was slightly under budget, but still reflected a nearly $500,000 surplus in actual dollars.
The district is still seeking a replacement for Terri Day, who resigned as treasurer in July.
The Board accepted several employment resignations that evening, including those from Technology Coordinator Lori Dray, Grade 4 teacher Michelle Talbott and High School Social Studies teacher Ehrick Williams.
Leah Horne was later approved as the new High School social studies teacher. Also, the Board approved a long list of substitutes, bus drivers, crossing guards, cooks, secretaries and educational assistants.
In an amendment to prior Board action, Mark Barrier was approved as head golf coach for the newly formed girl’s golf team (he was previously the assistant golf coach).
Board member Jennifer Kuns said that while it is great the girls will have their own golf team, both the girls and boys teams will be without assistant coaches — a problem with several other teams.
“What happens when teams are away and there’s a problem?” Kuns asked. “If there’s only one coach, the whole team has to stay together.”
Stefanik responded that he has asked the head coaches to recruit more volunteers (who would still be required to pass criminal background checks). However, if the Board wants to hire some additional coaches to the staff in order to ensure the safety and security of the students, he said there will first need to be a discussion with the athletic director.
Other coaching positions approved that evening were: Karri Sherer, 8th grade volleyball; Bryce Lehman, head varsity girls basketball; Erskine Braggs, JV girls basketball; Todd Redman, 8th grade girls basketball; and Darrell Jaynes, 7th grade girls basketball.
• A three-year agreement with TransFinder was approved, which will upgrade the bus routing system. Stefanik explained the upgrade is very high tech. Much like a GPS system, the program maps out all the streets within the school district and administrators plug in all of the addresses of students who need picked up. The transportation director, who is being shared with Ontario Schools, can then determine the best locations for bus stops and create the most time-effective routes. As students leave or come into the district, they can easily be added to the schedule.
•Service agreement with the Auditor of State for financial audit requirements, not to exceed $21,812.
•Contract with Bucyrus Road Materials for repair work in the High School parking lot, cost estimated at $3,495.
•Contract with Ohio School Council for fraud protection and other financial accountability measures.
•Revision to the Mid Ohio Education Service Center contract. The district has found its own Special Education Coordinator, which will reflect a cost savings in the contract.
After regular business, the Board entered executive session to consider the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or compensation of a public employee. No further action was taken.