It’s been a busy first ten days for new Galion Superintendent Jim Grubbs, but he’s relished each one.
“I feel like I’m a long-time resident in a short period here,” he told Galion Board of Education members during a meeting Thursday night at Galion Middle School. “There has been a lot of good communication.”
And it hasn’t been just the communication between the teachers administration. Grubbs said he likes the enthusiasm of the students.
He shared his excitement of a pep rally this week held at the Middle School.
“Walking in the Middle School with the gym just rocking,” Grubbs smiled. “The kids and the staff was involved. The excitement was unbelievable.”
Grubbs said he was also pleased to see the reaction to last Friday’s Alumni Career Day held at the middle school.
“Eighth grade is a great time to have a huge impact on students,” he said.
Grubbs also spoke about 394 school-age children in the city who have opted not to attend Galion for reasons including home school, open enrollment, attending other districts for special program along with charter and online school students.
“This represents $1.7 million in lost revenue,” he said. “We need to get these students back.”
In other business, the board also heard from resident Don Diosi Jr. who asked what the school’s policy on weapons should be after recent school shootings around the country.
“There’s a sign at the school saying “no weapons allowed,” Diosi Jr. said. “If someone carrying a gun has bad intentions, that sign wouldn’t stop them.”
He cited statistics that showed many school shootings take place in weapon-free zones.
No response was given by the board after Diosi’s remarks, but Grubbs said following the meeting that he has a meeting with a representative from the Department of Homeland Security next week.