GREENVILLE – Greenville City Schools Board of Education held its yearly organizational meeting Thursday, swearing in three board members elected this past November.
Incumbent Brad Gettinger, along with new members Krista Stump and Mark Libert join Jim Sommer and Fred Matix on the board.
Matix was absent from the organizational and regular session on Thursday.
Following the swearing in, the board elected Gettinger as president and Stump as vice-president for 2018.
Also during the organizational portion of the meeting, the board agreed to continue holding their regular monthly meetings at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Memorial Hall.
During the regular meeting, Superintendent Doug Fries presented a proposed school calendar for 2018-19 for consideration. School staff and administration were previously sent a couple options, Fries said, choosing the calendar he presented Thursday, which will be back on the agenda for approval by the board at its February meeting.
Also Thursday, the board approved the purchase of two new 84-passenger Cardinal school buses, at a total cost of $185,400, which will be paid from the general fund.
The bus purchase is part of the district’s plan to replace two buses per year, Fries said.
During his report, Fries highlighted the high school’s NJROTC program, which has been chosen as one of three units from Area 3 to participate in the 2018 NJROTC National Orienteering Championship in February in Florida.
The board approved the Florida trip for five NJROTC members and instructor Chief Eldred. The trip will be paid for with booster and Navy funds.
Fries also reported one modular unit remained at the Woodland site. Plans are being worked on for its removal, Fries added.
Also, Fries said Thursday, the district had used two of its five calamity days due to weather. The district’s first make-up date is Feb. 19 if school is canceled three more times prior to that date. Feb. 19 is President’s Day – a holiday for students.
Toward the end of the meeting, board members had a brief discussion concerning the approval of a resolution to send Sommer to the Advocacy Institute Conference in Washington, D.C. in February.
The trip, paid for by the general fund, totals $1,837.27. A portion of the cost would be reimbursed by the Ohio School Board Administration, Fries said.
Libert said in order for him to make an informed decision he wanted to have a discussion “whether we should be sending a representative every year. Do I believe this is the right thing to do for the district?”
Libert continued, suggesting the board prepare an “agenda with the most important things we’d like to talk about” with legislators during the conference.
He also suggested after Sommer returns from D.C., he should prepare a written report for board members and administrators to review.
“I want to be able to say the trip was worth it,” Libert said.
Sommer, who has been chosen as the northern representative for Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District, said the conference did present opportunities for board and district representatives to discuss their concerns one-on-one with legislators, which include congressional district and state representatives.
Gettinger agreed with Libert. “I think it would be reasonable,” he said of a follow-up report, adding he would ask board members “to supply information on what we’d like to see discussed” in behalf of Greenville Schools at the Advocacy Institute conference.
The board approved Sommer’s trip 4-0.
PHOTO CAPTION: Three school board members were sworn in by Greenville City School Treasurer Jenna Jurosic on Thursday. From left to right, Jurosic, new board member Mark Libert, incumbent Brad Gettinger and new member Krista Stump. (Susan Hartley photo)