The Bryan City Board of Education held their meeting on Monday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and roll call.
The board first moved to approve the minutes from the previous October meeting as well as the special board meetings that took place on November 8th and 9th.
With no member of the public signed up to speak, the board moved on to communications. The Bryan High School Choir was then introduced as this meetings student spotlight.
A group of students from the A Capela choir were present to sing a few excerpts from Joseph Dearest. The board then thanked the choir and stated that they could not wait for the concert.
A report regarding Bryan Students at Four County Career Center was then given followed by administrative reports. The treasurer’s report was then given with it being stated that the levy had passed and was official.
The total fund balance at the end of October for the school was stated at $18,794,200.21. A resolution to convey the Lincoln school property to the city of Bryan was then discussed. It was found out that a restriction on the deed for the Lincoln property was left off of the deed that was filed with the city.
It was stated that the restriction is an important part of how the school conveyed the property to the city. Through conversations with the city, it was decided that the city will deed the property back to the school and then the school will then deed the property back to the city with that restriction now in place.
The five-year forecast was then discussed with the school board followed by the listing of several donations. A motion was made to approve the treasurers report and recommendations which passed.
The board then spoke to the gratitude they feel for the community for the passing of the levy. Moving on to the Superintendents recommendations, an early graduation request was received for Antonio Wymer.
An MOU with Shalom Counseling and Mediation Center was also discussed. The purpose of this agreement is to provide more mental health services to the students by bringing a therapist into school during the day for students that may otherwise not be able to see one.
An agreement is already in place with A Renewed Mind so this company will offer additional resources for students.
Indoor Track for the winter months was then discussed. The sport is coached by the coaching staff that is already hired and there has been interest to compete in some small tournaments.
A resolution for the temporary expansion of the employment for substitute teachers was then discussed. It was stated during discussion that Governor DeWine signed Senate Bill 1 into effect around 2 weeks ago.
The Bill took away the requirement that all substitutes are required to have a four-year bachelor’s degree and allows all school districts to set local educational requirements. Passing of the BCI and FBI background checks is still required.
Previous discussions that took place led to an agreement that student teachers, that have completed their student teacher process in the school classrooms, would be able to be brought in as substitutes for the remainder of the school year.
This decision will help to lower the burden brought by the substitute shortage. A motion was then made to approve the recommendations made by the Superintendent which passed.
Numerous Personnel changes and additions were then made which were approved by the board. The Second reading of board policies presented by NEOLA was also discussed and approved.
The First reading of a board policy was then held. The policy is for the release time for religious instruction and due to it being a first reading no vote was needed.
It was then stated that the next board meeting will be held on December 13th at 7:00 p.m. The Organizational Board of Education Meeting will be held on January 10th.
With no executive session being needed, the board moved to adjourn for the evening.