Bucyrus BOE takes next steps toward Wellness Center program

Staff report

Staff wellness and health is a major concern for organizations of all types today. The Bucyrus City School District Board of Education spent a portion of its regular monthly meeting discussing options for encouraging improved wellness amongst its staff Nov. 19.

The basis for the board’s continuing conversations is a wellness survey that was completed by 130 Bucyrus staff members. The results of that survey show that staff members would be in favor of a health center in the district.

“We shared information with the Board of Education during our October meeting that showed our staff members’ favorable opinion for a wellness center,” Superintendent Kevin Kimmel. “We have been discussing the details of a staff wellness program with Tim Plumley and Mohican Sports Medicine to determine what the best options might be for a center of this nature.”

The Board of Education approved a measure during the meeting that gives the district’s administration the authority to move forward on creating a facility that will give staff 24/7 access to workout equipment.

“Ultimately, we want to do everything we can to encourage our staff members to follow the path to a healthier lifestyle,” Board of Education President Bradley Murtiff said. “These kinds of programs and facilities have proven effective to corporations all over the country, and the development of this center and program continues moving us closer to becoming the district of choice in North Central Ohio.”

The Board of Education approved a lengthy list of personnel and business items during the meeting. The Board also accepted several mini-grants and the Bridges Grant from the Bucyrus City School District Education Foundation.

“We are very fortunate to have a strong educational foundation that supports expanded classroom opportunities for our students,” Kimmel said. “We are especially grateful to the Bridges family for their continued support of the Bucyrus City School District.”

Teachers and staff receiving mini-grants included: Heath Sager ($500, Technology Systems and Design), Matt Makeever ($500, Middle School Honors Trip), Nancy Fischer ($259, History programs), Carrie Wood ($500, Critical Thinking in Reading), Michelle Vance ($499, Robots and Coding), Patrick Moore ($450, Advanced Aesthetics Medium), Patrick Moore ($378, Artist of the Month). The total for mini-grants awarded was $3,087.

Michael Striker was the recipient of the $1,000 Bridges Grant for the 2015-2016 school year. Striker will use the grant to fund a stained glass project for his high school art students.

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