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Highland district establishes Swim Club

1/17/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

With the Highland Local Schools District Board of Education’s approval at the Jan. 14 regular meeting, high school swimmers can begin competing as Hornets.

The swimmers will benefit from now having “club” status, according to Superintendent Catherine Aukerman, but they will not be a formal, interscholastic team.

The difference between a club and a team may seem insignificant to the public, but it is an important financial distinction for the district to make, said board member Robert Kelly.

“We are not intent on starting another sport right now. Our intent is that kids can have the ability to compete,” he said.

There are no costs to the district associated with the club, and the club is completely self-supported by participating students, said Aukerman.

The board, in addition to approving the establishment of the club, agreed to hire Jessica Sanders as Swim Club coach on a one-year limited supplemental contract for the current school year. She will not receive compensation from the district.

In other business, the board:

• approved a bid from an Akron company to purchase three new school buses at a total cost of $228,330. The vehicles will be purchased with sales tax money, said Aukerman;

• accepted approximately $12,000 in donations from various groups; and

• accepted the retirement of Virginia Bambeck, Highland Middle School custodian, effective Feb. 1. Aukerman noted Bambeck has been an employee of the district for 54 years.

Also that evening, the board held its annual organizational meeting, during which they took care of a number of housekeeping items.

The board elected member Dr. Norman Christopher as its president. Christopher also served in that capacity in 2009 and 2010. Kelly was elected vice president.

Also during the organizational meeting, the board:

√ appointed member Diane Thomas to serve as the Ohio School Boards Association’s (OSBA) legislative liaison for 2013;

√ appointed member Dan Petek to serve as OSBA student achievement liaison for this year;

√ approved membership in OSBA for 2013;

√ approved the purchase of a performance bond for $100,000 for the treasurer, board president and superintendent;

√ appointed legal counsel for the ensuing school year; and

√ established a schedule for its regular monthly meetings, to be held generally at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, with the exception of next month. All meetings will be at Highland High School. In the past, the board has traveled to each of the district’s schools once a year, but the technology equipment needed for the meetings, which is old and difficult to transport, has made that impractical, said Aukerman.

The next regular school board meeting will be Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Highland High School Media Center, 4150 Ridge Road.

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