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Green district sets calamity day plan in place

7/31/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

GREEN — Green Local School District Board of Education members dressed down for their regular meeting July 28 to express their school spirit.

“We typically dress a little differently, but we decided that we would emphasize the ‘Bulldog Strong’ theme this evening,” Board President Bob Campbell told the audience, as that message was displayed on the shirtfront of each board member.

Though dress was casual, board business remained formal, with members considering a number of items.

Board action at the meeting included approving a plan in the event severe weather calls for a great number of missed school days during the upcoming school year, as happened this past school year.

Green Local Schools used nine calamity days this past school year, and if that happens again, the district will have a plan in place, according to Superintendent Jeffrey Miller.

Once the district uses five calamity days, it will again make up school days using blizzard bags, which can be used to replace three days, according to Miller. If eight calamity days are exceeded, the district will add days on to the end of the school year, designating makeup days for June 1-5.

“We want our parents and students and staff to be able to plan accordingly,” said Miller.

Miller added he heard more positive feedback than otherwise on the inaugural use of blizzard bags this past school year.

“We learned a lot of different things as a group and as a school district [from using blizzard bags for the first time]. If we need to go that route, I think it will much more of a smooth transition,” he said.

Also during the meeting, the board moved forward on plans to replace bleachers at Green Middle School and for taking a strategic approach to making parking lot repairs.

They approved soliciting bids for new bleachers, noting funds from a Workers’ Compensation grant will provide $3 for every $1 the district spends up to $40,000. The district is able to apply for the funding every four years, Miller said.

The new bleachers, which will be mechanical, will be safer, he added. The current bleachers are from the early to mid-1970s, according to Miller, and need to be set up manually by staff members, creating a risk for injuries.

The board also approved soliciting bids for repairs and improvements needed at parking lots and thoroughfares at the high school, middle school and intermediate school.

The district is working on creating a long-term strategic plan to address the three schools’ paved areas, with an outside company providing guidance, according to Miller. Rather than taking the project as whole, improvements will be made in more manageable components, he said.

Also at the meeting, the board approved a contract with Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center to hire Marc Clendaniel as a technology consultant.

The board also hired Joya Mitchell as assistant principal for Green High School for a two-year contract effective Aug. 1, and Cory Potter as Language Arts teacher at Green High School.

The board also approved updated administrative benefit and salary packages. The action is an annual occurrence, and anytime there are changes within the administrative ranks, it needs to be done, said Miller.

Among other action related to personnel, the board declared a reduction in force due to a decrease in enrollment of special needs students, including letting go of a bus driver and a special needs aide. Both suspended employees were placed on the district’s recall list in the event openings occur for which they are qualified.

Also, the board approved bus routes for the upcoming school year. The routes will be posted on the district’s website. Campbell noted routes still can be adjusted based on student needs.

In other district news, high school Principal Cindy Brown announced the kickoff meeting for the Young Entrepreneurs Consortium was held earlier that day, upon being awarded a $13.6 million Straight A grant.

At the close of the meeting, the board held an executive session to discuss personnel, with no action following.

The next Green school board meeting is scheduled for Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers in the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

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