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Green school district working on strategic plans

3/13/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

GREEN — Green Local Schools is working collaboratively with various entities in the community to meet objectives identified in its Strategic Plan.

According to the Strategic Planning Committee Chair Penny Ragon, the plan was developed with help from 40 community members and created to identify goals in several areas, including buildings, fiscal responsibility and academics. Ragon said it was completed about nine months ago, and during a 35-minute presentation at the March 10 Green Local Schools Board of Education meeting, she and fellow committee members Dave Cohen, Julie McMahan and Bob McKee and Assistant Superintendent Kevin Finefrock provided an update on what the district is doing to meet those goals.

All committee members stressed the objectives are being accomplished with community involvement and collaborations.

“We have a highly dedicated staff and a community that is committed to doing what is best for our kids,” said Superintendent Jeffrey Miller. “This plan is a road map that will lead to success, and a team approach is critical. The best is yet to come.”

Miller said the plan will be reviewed regularly to ensure the objectives for each area are being met.

The board also heard from Athletic Director Bruce Johnson on the district’s Athletic Strategic Plan. Johnson outlined a number of changes he believes are needed to become more competitive as the district moves to the Federal League in 2015-16, joining McKinley, Lake, Jackson, Perry, GlenOak and Hoover high schools.

Johnson identified the need for specific facility improvements, the need to begin some team sports at the middle school level and ideas on improving revenues and fundraising.

Board President Bob Campbell said the board would consider and digest the information brought to them during the presentation.

In other business, the board recognized the high school swimming and wresting teams for their accomplishments this season.

Green High School senior Kennedy Herbert was the second swimmer in school history to go to state for two events, and she finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke and 11th in the 200-yard individual medley.

The wrestling team had four state qualifiers, including Chris Doyle, Jake Gladwell, Ryan Kaminski and Noah Schaub. Doyle finished seventh in the 113-weight class in Division I.

The board also recognized the following Students of the Month: Reece Garman, from Greenwood Early Learning Center; Brock Bender, from Green Primary School; Lauren McElrath, from Green Intermediate School; Jenna Trainer, from Green Middle School; and Megan Leibensperger and Zach Gabriel, from Green High School (GHS).

Also at the meeting, the board approved:

  • additional final appropriations, including annual federal grants of $1,050 for resident educator funds, $22,795 for Title VI-B (IDEA) Grant funds, $13,086 for Title I grant funds and $169 for Improving Teacher Quality Grant funds, as well as new state grants of $4,500 for the One Net Grant and $4,410 for the Auxiliary Services Fund;
  • the transfer of $3,120 from the General Fund to the Musical Theatre Fund for the reimbursement of staff and senior citizen admissions for the “Legally Blonde” musical;
  • the retirement of teachers Kathy Schumaker, effective July 1, and Valerie McKitrick, effective June 28, and bus driver Vicki Stout retroactive to March 4;
  • the resignations of Amber Cybak as a cafeteria monitor at GHS retroactive to Feb. 7, Krystal Mosholder as an aide at Green Primary retroactive to Jan. 31, Debbie Sine as a special education aide retroactive to Jan. 24 and Brenda Wolf as a food service worker effective March 14;
  • the employment of Jessica Holcomb as a music substitute at Green Intermediate for two hours per day retroactive to Feb. 13, Ryan Wolf as a long-term substitute at GHS retroactive to March 9, Stacy Messner as a cafeteria monitor at GHS retroactive to Feb. 19, Karen Mullins as a bus driver retroactive to March 3 and Darla Medal as a cook helper at GHS retroactive to March 4;
  • a number of sports and Ohio Graduation Test review supplemental contracts; and
  • a resolution awarding one-year limited contracts for 2012-13 and two-year limited contracts for 2013-14 and 2014-15 to Cristy Kinzel as a three-hour cook helper and Amie Halvorson as a six-hour cook helper in food service. The resolution was needed to correct an oversight of their hiring when the two first began, according to district officials.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Nancy Wotawa, of Green, said she was “surprised and disappointed” to learn about the “blizzard bags” being used by “an excellent school.”

The blizzard bags, adopted by the board last month, includes lessons to be given to students when school is canceled for inclement weather or for other reasons.

“These blizzard bags are not equal to a day of school,” said Wotawa.

Miller responded that the bags have never been used before and the district is exploring their use.

Green resident Tony Ziehler asked district officials about parking improvements for the area next to the Green Memorial Stadium. Ziehler said city plans for the proposed Central Park indicate the district would improve the parking area and it could be used for event parking.

“We have made no pledge or promise to make parking lot improvements,” said Campbell.

The next board meeting is scheduled for April 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Green Central Administration Building, located at 1755 Town Park Blvd.

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