GREEN At its June meeting, the Green Local Schools Board of Education honored volunteers from each school for service to the community.
The honors were part of the "PTA Friends of Children" and presented by members of the PTA to the recipients. Honored were Mary Tanner, Green High School; Stacy Kitchen, Green Middle School; John and Vicki Piersol, Green Intermediate School; Rebecca Anstine, Green Primary School; and Jennifer Doerrer from the PTA Council. Stephanie Koontz from the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank then presented the district with an award for its participation in the Harvest For Hunger drive. The school collected $850 and more than 2,700 pounds of food out of a total 41,000 collected by numerous schools in Summit County. Koontz also recognized the volunteer work Doerrer did outside of the PTA Council.
The board approved the previous board minutes from May and accepted the treasurer and superintendent's recommendation to approve the financial report and the payment of bills. Upon their recommendation, the board approved a transfer of funds to help cover the cost of the travel by students to the global competition of Destination Imagination. Though the students raised a significant amount of the money needed, they fell short and the board transferred $3,485.87 to help cover the remaining cost. This money came out of the general fund.
In the public comment portion, Margie Ford spoke about the lack of communication between Green students going to the Portage Lake Career Center and Green High School officials. She said that due to lack of communication, senior students from the PLCC missed out on events.
Graduating Senior Austin Elkins also spoke up about the problem, citing events he missed because of failures to communicate by the high school. Board members Bob Campbell and Dave Cohen expressed their sympathies for this and said that a better job needed to be done to insure that everyone knew what was going on.
In other business, the board:
- Approved the Fiscal Year 2018 permanent appropriations as submitted by the treasurer. It also approved a temporary appropriation for Fiscal Year 2019 based on 25 percent of the previous years budget. Approval was also given for the Secondary Students Transition Grant from the Ohio Department of Education for $1,393.50.
- The Consent Calendar was approved.
- The resignation of Assistant Superintendent Dan Lowmiller, which will be effective July 31, as he took to a new job in the Columbus area. The board also welcomed two new high school teachers, Michael Moran and Felica Ross.
- In a move for next school year, the board agreed to raise the prices of school lunches and breakfasts by 10 cents. At the high school lunch, will be $3.25; at the middle school and Green Intermediate, $3; and at Green Primary and Greenwood Elementary, $2.75. All district breakfasts will be $1.85.
- The board also approved a three-year agreement with Netbeez Systems for network connectivity, troubleshooting and monitoring solutions at a cost of $4,685 per year. This reflects a 30 percent saving for a multi-year contract and educational discount.
- In its final action prior to public and board comments the board approved a multi-year contract with Lifetouch School Portraits through the 2021-22 school years.
- Board member Katie Stoynoff during her board comments discussed false and misleading information being spread about the upcoming safety levy, despite the information being available on the school website. She criticized such misinformation, saying the board has been transparent and followed proper procedures on all aspects of the levy. She encouraged people to look at SaferGreenSchools.com to view information on the levy or contact the office if they have any questions.
- The board then adjourned into Executive Session. The next board meeting will be July 30 at 6:30 at the Central Administration Building in Council Chambers.