GREEN During the first meeting for the new year, newly re-elected Green Local Schools Board of Education members were officially sworn in to their positions.
For the installation of Bob Campbell and Sally Fanelly, Green Treasurer Eydie Snowberger administered the oath. In a special swearing in, Summit County Councilwoman Paula Prentice from District 8, gave the oath to Katie Stoynoff because of her longtime friendship and mentoring of Stoynoff. All three sucessfully ran for re-election in November.
Superintendent Jeff Miller was unable to attend the meeting due to a bout with the flu.
Following the swearing in, the board went through the various positions that had to be filled for the 2018 school year and assigned members to the respective committees. Campbell was elected as board president while the vice president 's position went to Mark Herdlick. Dave Cohen and Campbell were selected to be the representatives the Portage Lakes Career Center. Cohen was picked for the position of legislative liaison to the Ohio School Boards Association. Fanelly volunteered to be liaison for the Ohio School Boards Association Student Achievement. Due her position as treasurer, Snowberger was selected for the Tax Incentive Review Council. For membership on the Green Schools Foundation, Herdlick was chosen as the representative while Stoynoff was selected as the alternative.
The board meeting schedule for 2018 was also set up with the following dates for the meetings subject to change as needed: Feb. 26, March 19, April 23, May 21, June 25, July 30, Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17. In January 2019, the organizational meeting will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 7 followed by the regular meeting at 6:30. All meetings will taker place in the Central Administration Building's council chambers.
The board then passed a general delegation of authority to obligate the school district for specific activities and to appoint certain support personnel. It then authorized The Suburbanite, Akron Beacon Journal, Canton Repository and the South Side Leader as the district's official newspapers. Its final action was to adopt existing bylaws and policies for the board's own operations as well as that of the school system. The meeting was then adjourned for a short photo session prior to reconvening for the regular board meeting.
In a brief first meeting of 2018, school board members received plaques of appreciate from Ohio Gov. John Kasich for their services, and other gifts due to January being Board of Education Appreciation Month.
Following these preliminary recognitions, the board then approved previous board minutes and the financial report submitted by Snowberger. Included in this was the donation of a Dynovox Mystro speech device, valued at $7,000, from Martin and Stephanie Plummer for the Greenwood Early Learning Center Speech Department.
The board then passed the Consent Calendar. Note was taken of the employment of Joya Mitchell as interim student services director from Oct. 17 to Dec. 22; and Zachary Garber, IT Generalist, for work from Dec. 22, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018, and his hiring at O Step, effective Jan. 8 in a full time position as a replacement for the previous IT individual.
The board then approved the second reading of different weapons policies, allowing only authorized police officials to carry weapons on school grounds. It was explained that an exception to the rule is the discussion of historical weapons in any appropriate class as long as the building principal was aware of the situation and gave their approval. The board also approved renewed membership in the Active Planning Process with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission Classroom Facilities Assistance Program. This does not commit the school district to a specific program but keeps the school system on the list in case state money becomes available for future classroom construction. At the present time nothing is planned for new construction.
The board then adjourned with no need for Executive session.
The next board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 Council Chambers at the Central Administration Building.