GREEN  January is School Board Appreciation Month in Ohio and at its January meeting, the Green Board of Education was honored. In recognition of their hard work and service, each member was presented with a gift. In addition, there was a special video tribute to them. The video featured comments from administrators, teachers, family members and students, thanking each member individually for their service to the community.

Board member Katie Stoynoff was very much surprised when her son appeared on the video to thank her.

"I can't believe he kept this a secret all this time," she said with a smile.

The video was a nice tribute to the board members, although Mark Herdlick was unable to attend due to a family emergency.

High school topics

Following board's recogntion, Green High School Principal Cindy Brown gave a short presentation on a variety of high school topics. She announced various dates related to class scheduling and announced that on March 21 all juniors will be required by the state to take the ACT Test at the school. To facilitate this, only juniors will be required to attend school that day, but alternative lessons will be available for other students following the testing. Additional information on these events can be found at www.greenlocalschools.org or by calling the school at 330-896-7575.

Brown also discussed how well the new Chromobook program was going and its use in the classroom. She singled out history teacher Megan Miller for her use of Google Classroom and presented an example of her typical lesson.

Brown also mentioned that the high school was selected for the AP Honor Roll, Nick Belliveau made the top ten finalists in the Ohio Take Action Competition, Angela Garritano being nominated for Foreign Language Teacher of the Year and the Mock Trial team making it to the regional competition.

In other business, the board:

- Approved payment of all bills and approved the treasurer's financial report. The consent calendar was passed, with Superintendent Jeffrey Miller thanking retiring teacher Judy Ellis and classified employees Magda Lenart and Kathy Ross for their years of service.

- Approval was given for a three year agreement with Educational Funding Group (EFG) for the District E-Rate Consulting Service. The cost for this will be $2,800.00 or 10 percent of the total USAC approved and distributed funds, whichever is greater.

- The board also approved a recommendation from the treasurer and superintendent on an agreement from Hunter Sports Marking. This was for securing sponsorship and advertising on behalf of the district for athletic facilities and other marking options, as a way of alternative funding. Any such proposals would require future board approval and have a limited time frame.

- Approved an agreement with SPARCC (Stark/Portage Area Computer Consortium) for the Edmentum student assessment, intervention, and reporting solutions systems for grades 9-12 through June 2020. To implement this for the remainder of the year will cost $9,167.08, and thereafter $22,001.01 per year till the end of the contract.

Following member comments, the board then adjourned into Executive Session, with no action taken.

The next board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Central Administration Building.