Board of Education recap

By Janet Buccirosso

We also recognized our 8th grade girls’ basketball team for attaining an undefeated record this year during their season.  Head Coach Irwin and her players were each presented with a certificate documenting this outstanding season!

A Statement on behalf of our District Governance Team was read by Superintendent Manuszak regarding a recent search and seizure involving a DCS student. A copy of this statement can be found on the DCS website.

Kristyn Roggelin, High School Spanish teacher, was congratulated on being selected as the Employee of the Month and presented with a certificate. In addition, MEEMIC/Leski Insurance Agency presented her with a $50 gift card. Her name has been added to the plaque listing all of the Employees of the Month and she is now eligible to win the Employee of the Year Award.
The Board discussed at length the Bid Analysis from Wolgast for the Phase 1, Bid Pack 1 work that was approved for $4,058,264.00.  The work they approved includes the replacement of the High School roof ($2,680,000.00), the replacement of the Middle School, Elementary School, and Transportation Lot  ($1,174,900.00), the improvements to the ES parking lot lighting ($30,889.00), and the replacement of the High School football field bleachers ($172,475.00).  The Board of Education decided to pause the High School parking lot “zone paving”.  
The Board approved several upcoming field trips including Imagination Station for the 1st grade, two overnight trips for the varsity softball team, a 5/3 Field reward trip for the Middle School, and the Middle and High School Choir and Band trip to Cedar Point
The Board approved a program whereby Riverside Academy students who will be ready to graduate during their Junior year will be allowed to spend part of each school day participating in a work based experience. This allows students to obtain job skills in the area they choose to pursue. The program was approved by the District Curriculum Advisory Team (DCAT) and the Instructional Leadership before being presented to the Board.
In the ongoing effort to make our schools safer for our students, door monitors were approved by the Board. In addition, all doors in school buildings are locked during the day. Also, two School Resource officers are in place. Officer Meyer is Liaison officer for the Elementary and Middle schools while newly hired Officer Jeppesen is Liaison officer for the High school and Riverside Academy.
The position of Director of Technology has now officially been offered and accepted by Ms. Tara Richardson who has been Interim Director. In addition to approving this position update, the Board accepted resignations from Middle School Phys Ed teacher Ms. Sedler and Kindergarten teacher Ms. Woda.
Work on replacing the hands on the High School Clock Tower clock has currently been tabled.
Univar Mini-Bulk System’s contract was approved. They will deliver chemicals for the pools and donate a safety wash system as well as the use of a special collection tank at the High School that allows for the safe storage of these chemicals.
There have basically been no changes since the March 12 Board of Education Meeting with our District Strategic Plan. 

 The Board approved the expulsion of a student who violated the Safe Schools and Drug Free Policy.
The Board of Education held Closed Session to discuss negotiations.  Upon reentering from Closed Session this meeting was adjourned. 
The Board then held a Special Board of Education meeting to conduct the request for a closed appeal hearing for student. 

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