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Green district recognizes Middle School band

12/19/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Green Middle School eighth-grade band students were recognized for their performance at the 42nd Ohio Band Director’s Conference recently. Shown, from left, with a plaque of recognition are Green Middle School Principal Jeff Wells, band director Lisa Aglioti and Superintendent Jeffrey Miller.
Photo: Maria Lindsay
GREEN — Green Local School District officials celebrated the recognition a music teacher and her eighth-grade band students received recently for their performance at a music conference.

During the Dec. 16 Board of Education meeting, Lisa Aglioti, band director at Green Middle School, explained the band students were selected to perform at the 42nd Ohio Band Director’s Conference held Dec. 6 at The University of Akron. Aglioti said the group was chosen for the honor from among the 120 audition tapes submitted by middle, high school and college bands and choirs in the spring. She presented a plaque recognizing the students for their performance to district officials at the board meeting.

“We were the only middle school band in the state selected to perform,” she said. “Everyone did an amazing job. The extra time and commitment the students put into preparing for this performance was evident.”

Aglioti added the band is also one of two middle school bands selected to perform at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference in Columbus Feb. 6.

“The students and I are really excited to show teachers and students from other schools the results of our hard work and our Bulldog pride,” she said.

Board President Steven Foster commended Aglioti and the students for the recognition.

“Our music program is a wonderful program, and what they do to prepare students for high school is just fantastic,” said Foster.

Superintendent Jeffrey Miller said the distinction received showcased the district’s dedication to academics, athletics and the fine arts.

Also at the meeting, two board members said goodbye as they attended their last meeting. Lynn Wiggins did not seek re-election this past November, while Foster did not win re-election to his seat.

“It has been a privilege and honor to serve this district,” said Wiggins. “We will be in good hands. There have been some rough spots in the past four years. We have really tried as a board to make everything transparent and build some trust in us. Not everybody sees the work we do behind the scenes, but we do work very hard to gain trust.”

Wiggins added she has three children in Green Local Schools and “will be around” and hopes to see everyone “on the other side of the fence.”

Foster said he is humbled and honored to have served the district for a total of six years.

“I feel great that we have a really great administrative staff in place,” he said.

He added the teachers, parents and community have played a part in making the district great.

Foster also singled out board member Bob Campbell with having “a special place in my heart” for his valuable advice and guidance.

In other business at the meeting, the board:

  • accepted the resignation of Greenwood playground aide Karen Clark, effective Dec. 11, and rehired her as a special education aide at Green Intermediate School;
  • approved a memorandum of understanding with the Green Education Association to hire a long-term substitute in music at Green Intermediate through June 30;
  • approved supplemental contracts for spring sports; and
  • declared it unreasonable or unnecessary to transport children to more than 15 area schools and entered into contracts with parents for transportation to those schools.

The board also recognized the following students of the month: Anthony Swank, of Greenwood Early Learning Center; Brady Rychlik, of Green Primary School; Maggie Grizer, of Green Intermediate School; Kami Helm, of Green Middle School; and Jocelyn Claytor and Matt Stang, of Green High School.

The board will next meet Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. for an organizational meeting, followed immediately afterward by its regular meeting in Council Chambers at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

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