EVERGREEN BOARD OF EDICATION: Board Approached About Making Home Games Free To Students

FREE ADMISSION … Ahrianna McCabe, an EHS student, gave a presentation to the Evergreen School Board discussing why admission prices to home events should be free for Evergreen students. (PHOTO BY JACOB KESSLER, STAFF)

By: Jacob Kessler

The Evergreen Board of Education held their meeting on Monday, December 20th. The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Board members first moved to approve the minutes from the regular board meeting that took place on November 15th followed by the hearing of public concerns.

Joseph ‘Josie’ Stutzman addressed the board first regarding The Viking Compass. The Viking Compass is made up of the school’s mission statement, vision statement and core beliefs as laid out on the school’s website.

It was requested that the board give a response to why Stutzman was let go. The core beliefs were listed out by Stutzman who also stated that the board members did not allow for these beliefs to be followed. The board did not comment after the presentation given by Stutzman had concluded.

Ahrianna McCabe, who is an Evergreen High School student, spoke next. She presented the board with the topic discussing why Evergreen students should receive free admission to home athletic events.

The board stated that they were interested in looking into the matter further with them and would appoint individuals including the Athletic Director and a board member to help with gathering more information.

Board members then moved to approve the November 2021 financial reports including the cash reconciliation, financial summary and disbursement summary.

A $100 anonymous donation to the student assistance fund and a $700 donation from Grand Canyon University to pay for the professional development day lunch on September 3rd, 2021, were also approved.

The board then approved a revised auxiliary services agreement with the educational service center of Lake Erie West for the 2021-2022 school year in the amount of $75,411.00 for services of auxiliary service personnel for the benefit of Holy Trinity School and to amend resources and modify appropriations accordingly.

The following state grants were also approved: Title III at $497.68 for Language Instruction for English Learners and Students For Other Students (SOS) at $5,000.00.

The building improvement fund was increased by $75,000 to cover the additional expenses for the athletic facility project.

Funds will be used for athletic department furniture, film room equipment, change orders, and additional weight room equipment.

Multiple personnel recommendations were then approved followed by an approval to appoint Cindy Vance to the Evergreen Community Library Board of Trustees for a seven-year term, beginning on January 1st, 2022.

The board then voted to join in membership with the Ohio State School Board Association and authorized the treasurer to pay $5,567.00 for the 2022 membership.

Approval was then given to enter into a Day Treatment-Purchase Service Agreement with A&G Educational Services LLC. The company is a special needs education company that provides educational services in accordance with placement at the “Leap Program”. The cost of placement is $145.00 per student.

The board then voted to set the 2022 Organizational Meeting on January 10th, 2022, at 5:45 p.m. with the regular board meeting taking place directly after.

Zach Murry was elected as the President Pro Tempore to preside over the meeting. Superintendent Smola then gave an update for the renovation and expansion for the athletic facilities.

Board members agreed to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting for 2022 board meetings and also agreed to keep all other matters the same.

Administrative reports were then given before the board moved to enter into executive session. Upon returning from executive session, the board moved to adjourn for the evening.

Jacob can be reached at jacob@thevillagereporter.com

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