RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING SEASON … Members of the volleyball team were recognized by the board for their stellar season. (PHOTO BY LACIE FISH, STAFF)
By: Lacie Fish
The meeting of the North Central School Board was called to order at 6:30 pm on November 16. Everyone said The Pledge of Allegiance, and roll call was taken with everyone present. Student Council is holding a hat and glove drive, and they are accepting new hats and gloves.
And there is also a new and gently used coat drive that the Spanish Club is holding. You can bring these items into the school or give them to a child to bring in.
The meeting started with presenting awards to Varsity and JV cross country teams. And then onto the volleyball team who has been the best volleyball team that has ever come through North Central. They were Sectional Champions, and they were an All-State Scholar Team.
Some of the public spoke about issues with the Eagle Bucks and how they should not be tied into kids going to the bathroom.
A mother, Jamie Terrill, told the board how her child had to go to the bathroom, but because they have to “pay” with Eagle Bucks or a ticket, her child tried to hold it as long as possible.
He ended up having an accident in his pants and was picked on for the remainder of the day. He never told any adult because he didn’t want to be in trouble, and no adult ever noticed that he had the accident. The parents want the bathroom to not even be involved with the Eagle Bucks.
Superintendent Mr. Hanak stated that it is more for safety because teachers can not continuously leave the classroom. The children have designated bathroom breaks as a whole class throughout the day to be with an adult. He also stated that no child is ever not allowed to use the restroom.
So if a child doesn’t go at that time, they need to use a ticket to go. One mother had asked where in life do you need to pay to use the restroom.
Mr. Livengood said that everything would be reevaluated and looked at to see if there is a better solution and apologized to the parents.
The Treasurers Report was read. Financial statements and investments from October were the first things talked about. The cafeteria fund is growing because of ESSER/COVID relief funds.
Also, minutes from the October 25, 2021 meeting and approving Appropriation Additions. There was a resolution to approve the Treasurer’s Report, and it was seconded.
The Administrators report talked about enrollment number and the election of Board members Kati Burt and Charles Haynes.
Also mentioned was the Mobile Dentist that comes into the school. This year they did restorative treatment, things like fillings and teeth being pulled are some things they do now.
They had 37 students in 2 days, and 20 of them received some restorative treatment. It is free to parents with school nurse Kristen Ewers has taken it on.
A COVID-19 update was presented. In 60 days of school, 40 students have been positive and six staff members. Last year they had 22 students and 32 staff for the entire year.
The Vax-2-School Ohio was talked about and explained. Beginning Monday, October 4, Ohioans aged 12-25 can enter online at www.ohiovax2school.com or phone at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) to win one of 150 $10,000 scholarships, or one of five, $100,000 grand prize scholarships.
The scholarships awarded in Ohio 529 College Advantage plans can be used at the Ohio college, university, technical/trade school, or career program of the winner’s choice.
The Ohio Department of Health uses a portion of its Coronavirus Relief Funds to fund this innovative public outreach campaign and initiative.
There is a proposal for a new position for Custodial and bus driver. A thank you went out to Nickloy’s Fix & Fab for their donation of $1500 to the Backpack Program.
And the next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 14 at 6:30 pm in the High School Eagle Room.
Principal Andy Morr talked about 3rd graders taking an assessment. He also talked about a construction paper turkey they made in the hallway, and they gave students and staff a feather to add to the turkey about what they are thankful for.
He also talked about the amazing job the students did at the Veterans Assembly. And he thanked Mr. Kidston for donating the shirts.
Marcia Rozevink then talked about her visit to Four County and being able to see the morning labs. She has also been meeting with the Student Leaders, and she asked them what needed to be better and asked them to come up with solutions for each one.
On November 5th, 11 of the kids went to Northwest State for Manufacturing Day. November 22 is career and college day, and some of the kids will be going to colleges, businesses uptown, and village offices.
Recommendations by the Superintendent:
-Second reading of proposed Neola policy revisions-Vol. 40, No. 1-August 2021
-Superintendent Search Service Agreement Resolution to approve the agreement between Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center and the North Central Local Schools for the purpose of leading a search for the next North Central Local Schools Superintendent.
-SBI Substitutes for NCLS
-Resolution to approve the SBI Substitutes for NCLS
-One-year supplemental contracts held by classified employees
NwOESC Teacher and Paraprofessional Substitute list dated October 27, 2021, for 2021-2022 school year.
Resolutions were made and seconded. The board then went into an executive session.
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