GREEN  At its April meeting, the Green Local Schools Board of Education honored students and staff for a variety of achievements in the preceding months. It started off with the regular Students of the Month. For April, they were Blake Eplin, Greenwood; Zakaiya Adekunle, Green Primary; Alaina Bradford, Green Intermediate; Angie Robinette, Green Middle School; and Brianna Jacobs and Yousef Osman, Green High School. Staff recognition for the Bulldog Strong award were teacher Jenny Tsangeos, teacher Sarah Sears and Custodian Monty Sundheimer.

The PTSA Helping Hands Award were also named. These included Cindy Rooney, Green High School; Melissa Buck, Green Intermediate, and Tana DeShane, Green Primary.

A special mention of students who did well in recent science competitions followed, with the following students being recognized. The high school science team was cited for taking second place in the Rube Goldberg Competition. For this achievement, it was awarded a prize of $2,000 for the Science Department. The students who made up the team included Benjamin Avila, Nick Breth, Lucien Kallai, Nathan Applebee, Prashanth Ragunanthan and Vasilios Konstantacos. Goodyear coordinators Stacey Dean-Sioss and Katie Dennis Pelcheck then commented on the program that the students put together and praised the project.

The board then then moved to approve the agenda, the minutes of the March board meeting and the financial report and payment of bills as submitted by Treasurer Eydie Snowberger. A futher recommendation followed to approve a three-year contract with Rea and Associates to prepare the annual Basic Financial Statements (GAAP papers) to begin with the fiscal 2018 school year. The cost of the per year shall not exceed the sum of $11,500.

In other business, the board approved the creation of student activity accounts  for Destination Imagination at Green Middle School and Green Intermediate School. It also approved a change in the permanent appropriations for fiscal 2018 school year. There will be an increase in Fund 451 with a Connectivity Grant of $4,500.

The board then approved the Consent Agenda, which consisted primarily of administrative and staff contacts. Superintendent Jeff Miller commented on the service of Marlene McCloskey for her years of service as she retires in June. In addition, there was approval of the Camp Reliance Summer camp by Air Force Junior ROTC students at Boettler Park from June 4-8 and the Destination Imagination team from Green Middle School to the Global Competition at Knoxville, Tenn., from May 22-27. Miller also complimented the middle school team for making it to the global finals and wished them well. In conjunction with this, the board approved the creation and management of a district run GoFundMe page to raise money in support of the Destination Imagination team.

In their final two pieces of business, the board approved the graduation list for the Class of 2018. It also approved a Type IV contract for parents to transport their students in lieu of the school system doing so, based on a rate established by the Ohio Department of Education. These schools include Canton Central Catholic, Chapel Hill Christian, North Cuyahoga Christian, Golden Key, Greater Summit County Learning Center, Mayfair Christian, Spring Garden Waldorf, S.U.P.E.R.  Learning Center, St Matthews's, St. Michael's, St Paul's in North Canton, St. Sebastian's, Summit Academy, Towpath Trail High and Walsh Jesuit.

The board then adjourned into Executive Session. The next board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. May 21 in council chambers at the Central Administration Building (CAB).