Strasburg Board of Education
Sept. 20 meeting
KEY ACTION Heard a presentation from Terry and Melissa Sisson about the band and its activities. Melissa is president of the band boosters and Terry serves as treasurer. Pizza and cookies are served to the band members and visiting band members during the third quarter of home football games. Band members clean the football stadium on the Saturday after a game. In November the band will perform on the battleship Wisconsin and tour Bush Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg. The band is in need of new uniforms which cost about $600 each. A fund for uniforms, only, is set up. Sisson said activities are held during the year to keep the band members close and involved with band events.
DISCUSSION Martin Zehnder, a resident and strong supporter of the school, asked if the board and village are doing enough to promote the school and the village. He said by working together they can get more achieved. He suggested a billboard that promotes the school. The board agreed to look at the matter.
n Approved payment to the following teachers for graduate credits per the negotiated agreement not to exceed $14,000 total: Diane Donahue, Lyndsay Paisley, and Kelly Burge. The cost for the credits was about $1,600.
n Approved 2018 permanent appropriations of $3,612,523 in all funds.
n Heard four new clubs have been implemented for the school year. They are a gaming club (playing board or computer games), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Youth 2 Youth, Foreign Language Club.
n Accepted donations of athletic equipment and classroom items valued at $12,928. Cindy Brugger of Strasburg donated a used piano.
n Agreed to participate in the Educational Service Center Driver’s Education program at no charge to the district.
n Accepted the resignation of Chris Haswell, high school secretary, for retirement purposes effective March 1, 2018.
n Gave approval to eight classified substitutes as custodians, cafeteria, and a bus driver.
n Granted one-year supplemental contracts to the following: Dave Jones, senior class and scholastic challenge advisor; Lindsay Tidrick (prom) and Kelly Burge, (concession stand) junior class advisors; Shawn Miller, sophomore class advisor; Cory Nussbaum, freshman class advisor; Paisley and Casey Rife, junior high advisors; Tanya Horne, student council advisor; Dr. Ellen Christy, National Honor Society and yearbook advisor; Rachel Ripley, drama club; Rife and Samantha Raber, power of the pen (split stipend); Barb Scott, choir, Beth Linerode, color guard instructor; Dan Bolen, marching and pep band; Rife, Washington, D.C., trip coordinator; Troy McClellan, Brett Hershberger, Carissa Pryor , Washington, D.C., chaperones; Jessica Pridemore, Rife, Hershberger, sixth-grade camp advisors; Nussbaum, Shelia Doerschuk, Dave Pumphry, Kendra Wolgamott, and Christy (chairperson), Local Professional Development Committee; Rife, volunteer tennis coach; Heather Shapake, junior varsity volleyball coach; Reis Bonifant, volunteer boys’ basketball coach.
n Clarified the drug policy vs alcohol and tobacco policy which have different discipline action for each offense. There is also random drug testing at the school.
n Heard the Positive Behavior and Interventions and Supports (PBIS) have been implemented in the elementary. It is an approach to discipline which recognizes positive behaviors.
n Heard the new Language Arts curriculum has been implemented in kindergarten to second grades.
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n Recognized August students of month Andrew Cregan, a senior, and Krista Feller, middle school. The Strasburg Lions Club has partnered with the school and agreed to purchase the plaques given to the students of the month.
n Superintendent Cindy Brown gave a report on the recent district report card. She said the district is improving but the work continues.
n Brown distributed information about the Ohio Improvement Process District Action Plan with three goals to implemented by June 2019. The goals are to improve state reading and math scores to close the achievement gaps, focus on improvement of kindergarten to third-grade literacy and school-wide achievement district wide, and continue to expand parent and community communication to benefit students.
n High school/middle school principal Adam Hall said an In-Service day will be held Oct. 9. A portion of the day will feature a speaker and the second half of the day teachers will travel to Buckeye Career Center to eat lunch and tour the facility.
n Residents are reminded there are new options for the school district telephone. Listen to the options as they have changed.
UP NEXT BOE meets at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the administration building. A work session will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 to discuss buildings and grounds issues, the progress of possible construction of a YMCA at the school and issues with Tiger Drive.