Stark School Board holds routine session

By John A. Ballentine

The Stark County School Board met July 18th for their annual retreat and regular school board meeting, in Wyoming. Routine
discussion concerned the fiscal year 2018 goals and possible goals for 2019’s.

The State of the District and the Hall of Fame events were discussed concerning survey results and the difference between the past events. Consideration was given to separating the two events and holding them separately in the future.

Board subcommittees were formed and members assigned: Finance – Elizabeth Rumbold and Bruce West; Building – Matthew Nagode and Robert Groter; Negotiations – Groter and David Steward; Policy – Steward and Nagode; Extracurricular – Brian Rewerts and West; Education – Ann Orwig and Rewerts; Parent Teacher Advisory – Orwig and Rumbold; Education – West and Rewerts.

The board has decided to request the services of attorney Jay Greening of Miller, Hall & Triggs to become the new lawyer for the district on a retainer basis.

Discussion is ongoing concerning allowing children of district staff members who live out of district to attend Stark County schools free of tuition.

The district is participating in a grant program through Ameren to install LED [light emitting diode] lighting in all facilities of the district as a cost-cutting measure.

The health insurance rates will be increased 2.5% according to the health insurance committee report.

New school district Superintendent Nick Sutton reported that the district did not receive the projected grant amount to have two full day Pre-K classrooms.

Sutton explained there was enough funding to have one and a half classrooms. Currently, there will only be one full Pre-K classroom.

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