District adds new bus to fleet
Norton City Schools Board of Education
By Kim Gravis
The Norton City Schools Board of Education met Sept. 18 and approved the purchase of a 77-passenger bus from OBS Inc.
The purchase price was $71,580, which will be taken from the Permanent Improvement Fund.
Also during the meeting, board member Scott Collins reminded residents the district has a permanent improvement levy on the Nov. 7 General Election ballot. The 3-mill levy, which is a renewal, will not increase taxes for property owners living in the district, he said.
In other business, the board:
accepted resignations from Pamela Purdy, a bus driver, and Erin Fabish, Rupert Middle School Student Council adviser;
hired 16 people as certified substitute personnel pending background checks;
hired Karen Elliott as a home instructor on an as-needed basis;
agreed to pay $165 to five teachers who worked on the Conflict Resolution Training Seminar. These funds were paid from Title II funding;
agreed to give Erin Parsons $100 for her training in “Everyday Math”; and
announced the high school band will go to Indianapolis for the Bands of America Grand National Championships Nov. 9-12.
Also during the meeting, Superintendent Karen Wilson informed the board of the new achievement testing that is now mandatory for grades five through eight. The subjects will be science, social studies and writing in the various grade levels. Wilson added that staff will look into integrating technology into the classroom to aid students in studying for these tests. Software will be made available from the state for parents to purchase. The newsletter coming out soon will have details.
The Continuing Improvement Planning meeting will take place this week at all buildings to discuss the various needs in all grades for the district.
During the Loyal Oak Cider Festival, which will take place Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, students in kindergarten through 12th grades are invited to march in the Sept. 30 parade to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Norton district.
The next Norton school board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Norton High School Library/Media Center, 4128 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.