At the September meeting of the Green Board of Education, several parents voiced concerns on a number of issues.
At the September Board of Education meeting several parents voiced concerns on a number of issues.
The main concern was about a middle school student who allegedly had been involved with selling drugs and having an altercation with police. Parents were fearful that his return to school would raise safety issues.
Green Superintendent Jeff Miller stressed that student safetywas paramount and that all procedures related to discipline were being followed.
In an unrelated issue, a mother of a child on an Individual Educational Program (IEP) expressed concern that her child had not received an adequate education through his IEP. She cited Green's poor showing on the state report card related to this area and said her felt as if her child had not been treated fairly at Green High School.
In other business Sept. 23, the board:
• Recognized 19 retiring staff members. These included teachers, counselors, library technicians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, secretaries, aides and custodians. Board member Mark Herdlick noted that their combined years of service equaled 414 years of experience and congratulated them on their dedication and service to the district.
• Heard from Valerie Wolford and Jennifer Logsdon about the Bulldog Dash. This fund raising event will benefit Greenwood Early Learning Center and Green primary and will be held Oct. 6.
• Approved donations from Blair's Inc., Cutler Realty and Spoonhower Orthopedics.
• Approved a $2,365 donation from the Green High PTSA for a main lobby mural along with a $3,000 donation from LifeTouch Studios for the Green Intermediate School Leadership program.
• Approved the acceptance of $1.3 million in state and federal grants following programs
- Parent Mentor ($25,000)
- OILA ($13,693)
- Title VI-B,($758,170.41)
- Title I ($406,325.84)
- IDEA Early Childhood ($10,425.43)
- Title II-A ($84,299.62.)
Treasurer Eydie Snowberger pointed out that though these grants accounted for a large amount of funding, the Federal government actually cut its contribution by 25 percent this year to Green schools.
• Authorized the approval of the permanent appropriations to the sum of $44,452,018.74 for the school year. This replaces the temporary budget passed in July for 25 percent of this amount.
• Approved a tuition agreement with Latham Center for a Special Needs student on an IEP.
• Approved a contract a contract with East Akron YMCA for special needs students for the Akron Rotary Camp for the school year.
• Agreed to share the services of a communications director with Lake for 2013 through 2015. Julie McMahon will work in this position which involves grant writing and other duties.
• Entered into executive session.
The next board meeting with be October 28 at 6:30 PM in the Central Administration Building (CAB).