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Green hires athletic director

5/24/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Joyce Rainey Long

A new athletic director was hired and end-of-school-year business was conducted at the Green Local Schools Board of Education meeting May 22.

A two-year contract was approved by the board for Bruce Johnson, 55, as athletic director, effective Aug. 1. Currently the assistant athletic director at High Point Christian Academy in North Carolina for the past two years, Johnson also teaches social studies courses, according to his résumé. He has previously worked as an athletic director for Streetsboro City Schools and Howland Local Schools and has coached both basketball and baseball.

Johnson received a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University, master’s degree from Liberty University and his principal certification from Slippery Rock University, according to his résumé. He and his wife, Pamela, have a grown son.

In another matter, Wendall Jackson, director of operations, presented changes to offer healthier fare in the cafeterias that took place this school year.

“The problem with childhood obesity continues to grow ... one in three children ages 2-19 are already overweight or obese,” Jackson said.

With the passage about a year ago of the Healthy Choices for Healthy Children Act, Ohio schools are required to offer healthy meals and beverages during the school day and during before and after-school programs. Exemptions are for school-sponsored fundraisers or events held outside of the regular school day, said Jackson.

For the past three years, the district has consulted with a dietician about the lunch menus, according to Jackson.

“This [healthy lunches program] is a small piece of the puzzle of solving childhood obesity,” said Jackson. “It’s a start, and we can offer students a nutritious choice.”

In financial matters, the board approved the district’s five-year forecast prepared by Treasurer Eydie Snowberger. She explained that currently money from the four new casinos in the state is not part of the forecast.

The district may receive approximately $86,000 in casino money during fiscal year 2013, said Snowberger, but the amount has not been determined by Ohio government officials.

“We are not going to count anything until the check clears. We are taking the ultra-conservative route with casino money,” said Board President Bob Campbell.

The district must issue a refund of nearly $400,000 for back taxes to a commercial parcel property owner who was awarded a tax exemption status on a parcel of land, said Snowberger. The owner has been going through the appeals process since 2006.

In other action, the board:

• accepted a $10,000 donation from The University of Akron for 45 tablet computers to be used in the computer lab at the high school;

• renewed two contracts and hired summer school teachers and classified substitutes;

• approved membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2012-13 school year;

• approved the bid from Cardinal Environmental Services for $119,800 for asbestos abatement at Klecker Elementary School.

“You need to abate before you can demo,” said Superintendent Mike Nutter.

The pictures of the graduating classes that were displayed at Kleckner will be displayed in the Green High School commons, according to Nutter;

• approved the bid from Danmark Construction Inc. for $180,000 for construction of a new elevator at Green Middle School. The bid for the elevator and asbestos abatement were both under budget, noted Nutter;

• approved the sale of Seed Slitter grounds equipment for $1,000;

• approved the contract for services between the Summit County Educational Service Center and the district for speech and language therapy services for the next school year. The cost will be paid for by grant funds;

• approved that students attending summer school at Green High School from outside districts will be charged $300; and

• recognized students of the month, including: Jack Colet, Greenwood Early Learning Center; Samantha Ferrar, Green Primary School; Abby Kussow, Green Intermediate School; Marisa Lovell, Green Middle School; and Ashley Seman and Brandon Simmons, Green High School.

The school board adjourned to executive session to discuss personnel issues. The next regular Green Local Schools Board of Education meeting is scheduled for June 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

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