Jackson Local Board of Education
KEY ACTION Approved a resolution to apply for an Ohio Department of Education Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant (DERG) to help with purchase of new buses. Jackson Local will apply for the grant through a cooperative purchasing program with other districts in Stark County. If awarded, the grant would pay for 80 percent of the cost of each bus. The district would be responsible for 20 percent of the purchase price.
Barry Mason, assistant superintendent, said the grant is to help organizations and businesses in Ohio with large fleets of vehicles with high emission rates use newer, more efficient vehicles. He thought the district would know by early March if the grant was awarded.
DISCUSSION The board heard an update on the district’s Critical Incident Management Planning from Superintendent Christopher DiLoreto. He said in January, there were 38 visits from police patrols in the district’s six buildings. Plus, the district has been working with the Jackson Township trustees to provide additional coverage in the middle school.
“School safety is a top priority for the district, and we are continually learning to manage the challenges of maintaining a public building while reducing risks to students and staff and increasing communications and response time of local law enforcement,” DiLoreto said.
Board member Scott Gindlesberger said, “If you look at recent events in Colorado and Connecticut, there are warning signs.”
“Oftentimes those in the district are not on the same social networking media sites as students and others. The best early warnings come from students and the community. If anyone does hear anything, please share that with a teacher or administrator,” he said.
OTHER ACTION Approved changes to the International Baccalaureate program, changing Japanese classes with Chinese classes.
• Heard from Paul Salvino, principal at Jackson Middle School, about the middle school’s recent ranking of seven out of 300 middle schools in Ohio.
UP NEXT Meets at 6 p.m. March 19 at Jackson High School.
— PAT FAULHABER