GCS board eliminates mask mandate on buses and prepares for summer school

By Dawn Hatfield


GREENVILLE – The Greenville School District School Board met in the Anna Bier Civic Hall at St. Clair Memorial Hall on March 17. Of particular interest were student success stories, summer school planning, and pending pre-learning opportunities with Sinclair Community College.

Jody Harter, Doug Fries, Jenna Jurosic, Mark Libert, Brad Gettinger, Jim Sommer, Kristi Strawser and Krista Stump were in attendance along with three other district staff. There was no public participation.

Following the roll call, oath of allegiance, adoption of the agenda and approval of the minutes, Superintendent Doug Fries recognized several students and student groups/teams for their outstanding achievements. The following students were recognized for their OHSAA Southwest District wrestling qualification: Matthew Edwards, Ben Hartzell (state qualified), Logan Thatcher, Andrew Winner, Ashton Noggle, and Cameron Preece; and Bowling: Luke Kiser. Caden Lecklider was highlighted for winning the MVL 1st Team All-League Swimming. The financial analyst team was recognized for winning first place at BPA’s State Leadership Conference and will travel to the national championships in Dallas, Texas in May. The GHS Wind Symphony Band was highlighted for its top grade (I) in District competition and will move to State in April. Fries also recognized the hard work of Jeremy Woodall and the Supply Chain Management students for the successful organization of the annual “A Night in Hollywood” event, which raises funds for Special Olympics County of Darke.

The district looks forward to the annual “Waves of Pride” art show at the end of the month where the council will select the winner of a $200 prize.

Fries announced Board Chairman Mark Libert’s award for 2022 OSBA Star Training as well as the selection of literacy specialist Tammie Riffle as Teacher of the Year.

Kudos were given to the musical achievements of GMS vocal music students and director Kari Thompson for “A Winter Review of Music 2022” on March 8; GMS Band with special guest, The Jazz Scene, and producers Brian McKibben and JR Price for their March 3 concert; GHS Jazz Scene, Concert Bands and Orchestra under the direction of JR Price and Carl Phlipot for their winter concert held on February 28; and GHS Vocal Music Students, director Chelsea Whirledge and piano accompanist Chris Andres for their March 7 winter concert.

Congratulations were also given to students in Careers with Children and Teaching Professions for receiving gold medals at the FCCLA Regional Championships: Kate Garber, Jenna Hughes and Haiden Livingston. These students will then move on to compete at the state level.

Treasurer’s business included the unanimous approval of the February Treasurer’s report, the February bill schedule, the payment of upcoming bills, the filing of permanent appropriations for fiscal year 2022 with the Darke County Auditor, the authorizing transfers and advances necessary to create a positive balance in a particular fund, small in cash for NJROTC on April 9 and April 16 for orientation meal expenses, and authorizing a resolution agreeing to the amounts and rates determined by the budget commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor.

A resolution authorizing the use of the Equalis Group Purchasing Cooperative was unanimously approved.

The Superintendent’s Business included a recommendation of several policies for consideration at first reading: Evaluation of the Superintendent and Treasurer; Driving students on district-operated transportation; Contracts and remuneration of professional staff (administrators and alternative administrative license); educational options; College Credit Plus; and blended learning. Approval of the Transportation Plan Form for the Kindergarten Gathering was unanimously approved along with the above policies.

The donations were unanimously accepted with appreciation from David Smith for the trip of two students to Washington, DC; Swirl for Field House washer and dryer; and more than a dozen donors for “A Night in Hollywood”.

The requests included approval to amend the 2021-2022 Return to School Guidelines Resolution No. 022-027 to reflect the change in the CDC and Darke County Health District’s recommendation to allow the wearing of masks in school transport from March 18.

The contracts included META Solution Approval for Core Services, IEP Anywhere, and Library/INFOhio Services effective July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023; Waibel Energy Systems to repair building K-8 condensers; Greenville Girls Softball Association (GGSA) for facility use; Hueston Woods for the GCS Board of Education Goat Setting and Review Board Retreat; Harvest Land Co-op, along with the City of Greenville, for volume pricing rebate for gasoline and diesel fuel through June 30, 2023; and Ohio School Boards Association membership renewal for 2022.

As for the program, many requests, all approved unanimously, will make possible the 2022 summer school in the district:

-Food services, transport and employment of caretaker necessary for the summer school 2022

-Health and physical education classes in a blended learning environment at no cost to Greenville students; Health/EPS instructor up to 56 hours

-Summer School for GHS June 6-24 for Virtual Academy and Credit Recovery students with lunch and transportation provided; Virtual Academy Lead Instructor for up to 56 hours; Instructor up to 50 hours; Substitute instructor (if needed) up to 17.5 hours

– Summer intervention in K-8 (outgoing) classrooms for reading and/or math August 1-19 as identified from Spring 2022 MAP scores with lunch and transportation provided; up to four teachers per grade level to a maximum of 92 hours per shift as well as an intervention specialist

-Grade 9-12 (Outgoing) Summer School for ELA, Geometry, and Algebra I/II June 6-July 15 with lunch and transportation provided; up to two teachers per subject and one intervention specialist at a maximum of 116 hours per shift

-Summer counseling services offered to K-8 and 9-12 summer programs; up to two counselors two days per week per program for a maximum of 30 total hours (K-8) and 48 hours (9-12)

-Nursing services provided to K-8 and 9-12 summer programs; one nurse per program for two hours a day for five days a week for up to 30 hours, K-8 and up to 48 hours, 9-12

Additionally, the Superintendent recommended approval of the continuation of GCS’ Extended Recovery and Learning Plan, previously submitted in April 2021, as well as approval of Constructin Technology’s $10 Customer Fee Schedule. hour, package with the customer to supply the raw materials.

Additionally, unanimous approval of Sinclair Community College’s collaboration to sponsor pre-learning opportunities in STEM and education and training pending signed approval from the Ohio Board of Learning with a updated operating plan to come into effect immediately has been granted.

Field trip approvals were granted, including out-of-state travel for four students participating in the BPA Nationals in Dallas and their advisor and overnight travel for 28 students who will compete in the state competition FCCLA as well as three companions.

Accepted resignations included Kandee Combs, seventh-grade volleyball coach; Krista Quellhorst, secretary to the superintendent; and Melinda Robbins, GMS paraprofessional.

Classified and certified substitutes have been approved for conditional employment. All leave without pay requests have been approved. Salary increases for change in salary classification as well as tuition reimbursements were unanimously approved along with all requested reimbursements for professional meeting expenses.

Additional contracts were unanimously approved for softball, tennis, soccer, football, cross country and volleyball coaches, Asst. Coaches, co-coaches at different levels. Dave Westfall and Craig Riethman have been approved as volunteers. Fries said training is currently taking place in fall sports.

Libert updated the board on the Greenville Schools Foundation. The Wave Way plaza has new commemorative bricks placed from the current week. Applications are being accepted until the end of the month for the Linda Dianne Brown and Richard Brown Scholarship Fund as well as the Robert and Mary Beasecker Engineering Scholarship.

Strawser, having been ill, was unable to attend the Business Advisory Council. Fries provided a brief update, including schedule and schedule updates, Field House, C-TEC and Perkins plans, Mayor Willman’s update on city plans and focus placed on the stakeholders.

Stump briefed the board on the DCCA projects. Dedicated DCCA Wi-Fi as well as a new dedicated caretaker at St. Claire Memorial Hall is underway. Stump will meet with David Warner over Memorial Hall rental prices which he called “archaic”.

Sommer informed the board of three groups of Greenville students attending the Student Achievement Capital Conference in the fall. That’s quite a feat as the entire state is limited to 100 groups total with three bing from Greenville city schools.

On the legislative front, Sommer spoke about school funding, stressing the need to reach out to legislators and voice opinions when “Call to Action” messages are received. He spoke of his willingness to travel to DC as a legislative representative if necessary, as he has nine years of experience in this field.

Board members then adjourned the meeting at 7:36 p.m. with an executive meeting to be held immediately after.

School Board meetings for Greenville City Schools are generally held the third Thursday of each month beginning at 6:30 p.m. at St. Clair Memorial Hall, 215 W. Fourth Street, Greenville, Ohio. Full meeting minutes are regularly posted on the Board of Education website: www.greenville.k12.oh.us/BoardofEducation.aspx.

Dawn Hatfield mainly covers education stories for The Daily Advocate. Have a school-related event to share? Inquire by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 937-569-0066.

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