GREEN  The Green Local Schools Board of Education honored the first group of Students of the Month and 16 retiring staff members during its September meeting.

The honored students were Persa Jovicic Greenwood; Zuriana Lester, Green Primary; Rae Fienman, Green Intermediate; Reagan Doan, Green Middle School; and Nikki Staudt and Matthew Hippich, Green High School. 

Retirees honored were Bev Bealer, custodian, 12 years; Theresa Binns, secretary, 26 years; Judy Ellis, teacher, 11 years; Bob Grizer, custodian,11 years; Dan Huff, teacher, 29 years; Nancy Lastocy, bus driver, 19 years; Sharon Lawrence, secretary, seven years; Maggie Lenart, secretary, 20 years; Michelle Lumley, teacher, 19 years; Sue Marochino, secretary, 28 years; Jane Meyer, teacher, 38 years; Sue Monago, special education aide, 17 years; Kathy Ross, cook manager, four years; Theresa Speight, special education aide, 17 years; Raymond Timms, custodian, 14 years; and Lucille Watkins, cook manager, 18 years.

Scott Aten then talked about the Technological Integration Showcase contest held where teachers submitted their projects for review by a panel. The winners were Trudy Zimmerman and Beth Giamati, Greenwood, first; Nicole Marchick, Green Intermediate, second; and Ryan Flinn,Greenwood, third. Each teacher received a gift certificate for classroom material.

In other business, the board:

- Approved the agenda, minutes from the August meeting and the financial report submitted by the treasurer. Approval was given for the final appropriations in the amount of $47,103,980.75 for school funding.

- Accepted donations from various businesses, organizations and individuals. Many were from the Bulldog Dash and included Thomas Handel Vision, $500; Signature Mortgage Corps, $500; Barrington Carpet, $500; Ken's Auto Service, $500; Bogg's Chiopractic, $750; Spoonhower Orthodontics, $750; R Treats LLC, $750; Green Baseball/Softball Federation, $750; Lakes Heating and Air, $750; and Infiniti of Akron, $1,000. In addition, Exxon Mobile Foundation donated $500 to Green Primary and Mark and Kelly Rae Caetta donated children's books to the school system.

- Accepted $4,450 from businesses and friends of the Rayl family for the Rayl Family Scholarship Fund in memory of several members of the family who have recently passed away. Each year, two Green High School seniors will receive a $500 scholarship for application toward a science degree.

- Approved a blanket purchase order of $50,000 to cover special areas such as utilities, fuel, and legal services on a timely basis. 

- Approved the consent calendar and approved an agreement with the Background Investigation Bureau to screen volunteers working in the school system.

- Passed a resolution that opted out of providing career-technical training to students in the 7th and 8th grades for the 2017-18 school year. The board will continue to support such programs at the PLCC for high school students.

- Approve the solicitations of bids for resurface work on parking lots and roadways at Green Intermediate, Green Middle School, and Green High School. This is part of the district's strategic planning program.

- After board comments the meeting adjourned into Executive Session.

The next board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Green Administration Building (CAB).