GREENVILLE – Greenville Board of Education held its 2019 organizational meeting Thursday and unanimously selected Brad Gettinger to serve a second year as its president.
Mark Libert will serve as the board’s vice-president for 2019.
As its first order of business, board members elected to change their monthly meeting time from 7 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, beginning with the Feb. 21 meeting.
The board also held its regular January meeting on Thursday and approved a contract with Garmann Miller Architects and Engineers in the amount of $42,050 to provide design drawings for several athletic exterior projects at the K-8 facility. The contract includes designing fee, plan approvals, advertising, and printing fee as well as construction contingency.
The designs will include a baseball and a softball field as well as goals/goalposts for a soccer/football field. The additions will be used, Gettinger said primarily for junior high teams and physical education classes.
At its February meeting, the board will approve the school calendar for the 2019-20 school year. Some discussion concerning the calendar was held after a classified employee in attendance Thursday spoke up stating she would like to see all district employees be able to give input and vote on the calendar.
Board member Fred Matix also spoke concerning the calendars, letting administrators and board members know he’d heard that an employee was telling other employees that one of the two calendars being considered had already been approved.
Superintendent Doug Fries shared how the district asks for input from building principals, who in turn may get input from their individual staff members, but that it was the board’s responsibility to actually vote and approve a yearly calendar during public session.
The two calendars being considered, Fries said, differ only by two days. One gives the district an extra two days for Christmas break. Those two days would be added to the end of the school year.
Although having two extra days at the holidays would be preferred by most, Fries explained how it results in two less days for students to be in the classroom just prior to the end-of-semester testing.
PHOTO CAPTION: Greenville City Schools Treasurer Jenna Jurosic swears in Brad Gettinger, middle, as board president and Mark Libert as vice-president for 2019 during Thursday’s organizational meeting. (Susan Hartley photo)