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Green offering breakfast for all students

8/28/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Amanda Hetler

The Green Local Schools Board of Education heard a presentation on the district’s new breakfast program during the Aug. 25 meeting.

According to Director of Operations Wendall Jackson, breakfast is important for children and impacts learning by improving behavior and attention, participation, grades and concentration. He also cited a 2013 study conducted by Ohio Action for Healthy Kids that found 34 percent of youth do not eat a morning meal before leaving home for the day.

He said the district’s breakfast program includes the following:

√ The breakfast program will be offered in all of the district’s buildings. Green High School, Green Middle School and Green Intermediate School currently offer the program. Green Primary School and Greenwood Early Learning Center will offer it Sept. 2.

√ All students are eligible to participate in the breakfast program.

√ Breakfast includes a grab-and-go bag with a variety of items. The bags offer a different selection each day of the week.

√ Bags can be purchased for $1.75. The payment will be the same as the lunch program. Students can choose which days they would like to participate.

√ If students are eligible to receive a free lunch, they are eligible for a free breakfast. Also, if students are eligible for reduced-price lunches, they are eligible to purchase breakfast bags for 30 cents. Students will receive these reductions discreetly, according to district officials.

√ Parents may choose to opt out of the breakfast option entirely by either completing the handouts that were sent to parents (these also are available on the district’s website at www.greenlocalschools.org) or by contacting Food Service Supervisor Amie Payne at payne amie@greenlocalschools.org or 330-896-7733.

Also during the meeting, Kimberly Brueck, director of technology and secondary curriculum, updated the board on the status of the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) state report cards.

She said the ODE district and school report card has changed and results have been delayed and will be released around mid-September.

Brueck said schools and districts will receive letter grades.

There also will be an additional report on factors including: Prepared for Success (assessing students’ readiness for college and/or career) and other district information, including items such as fine arts, teachers’ salaries and extracurricular activities. This section will not receive a letter grade at this time, but will include information to help schools understand how the information is reported.

According to Brueck, the overall district and building grades from the ODE are delayed until 2015 or 2016. Once the new report cards are complete, they will be available on the ODE website.

Superintendent Jeffrey Miller said numbers have been good in the past and this is representative of the staff, community, students and board. He stated what goes on in the classroom goes above and beyond what is included on report cards.

In other business, the board approved:

  • the financial report and payment of bills as presented by the treasurer;
  • a change order with DBS Inc. for the Green Middle School roof project, retroactive to July 29, for $12,531. According to Miller, this is to cover the additional fixes underneath the roof discovered once the original roof repair began;
  • a payroll purchased service contract with NEONET, effective July 1 through June 30, 2015, for $33,104. According to Treasurer Eydie Snowberger, this contract is shared with Barberton and the cost has been reduced from last year;
  • a contract for $400 with the Ohio Schools Council for the 2014-15 school year for participation in the cooperative purchasing program. Miller stated this allows for volume purchases, such as electricity and paper, and presents significant savings;
  • the employment of Julie Pickering as a vocal teacher at Green High School, and a high school drama and vocal music director supplemental contract for the 2014-15 school year;
  • the employment of Ashley Burress and Megan Bianchi as fifth-grade teachers; and
  • supplemental contracts for various positions for the 2014-15 school year.

Also during the meeting, the board and the audience watched a brief video of the board completing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

At the end of the meeting, the board also welcomed everyone back to school and adjourned for an executive session to discuss personnel, with no action taken.

The next board meeting will be Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers of the Green Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

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