Security at Stark County schools progressing

By John A. Ballentine
WYOMING – The Stark County board of education has approved additional security measures for the Stark County school campuses in Wyoming and eventually in Toulon.

By a 6-0 vote, the board approved the installation of a security fence at the elementary school, in Wyoming. The fence will encompass the school’s perimeter. Discussion suggested that security fencing may be installed at the high and junior high schools in Toulon, as well, in the future.

Presently, the secured entryway into the elementary school is under construction. Associated with the entryway, is a security software package that was approved known as “Raptor.” It is a means of screening visitors to the school who are in an enclosed entry between the outside and the school.
The board also approved and authorized Superintendent Dr. Nick Sutton to enter into an agreement with a Green Energy Consortium to be the school district’s energy supplier. Solar panels would be installed at the school district campuses in the future to reduce the cost of energy for the schools.

The district’s farm lease was extended for another year to current tenant Rodney King. The land lease will be listed by silent bid next year. The land is located on Grain Bin Road near Toulon between Gibler’s Ice and Ag View FS.

Approval was given to have cross country as a high school sport. Robert Rennick, Jr. is currently the cross country coach. Also approved were: Volunteer junior high and high school track coach Kim Becker and Pat Keane as volunteer varsity baseball coach. Clint Terwilliger was approved as head girls’ varsity track coach and Shayna Bauman as high school assistant softball coach.

Resignations were Tim Carstens as head girls’ varsity track coach and the resignation of Jody Krowlek as home economics instructor, plus Tina Forlines as high school musical assistant.

Discussion of the Fiscal 2019 school calendar was tabled and the board directed Dr. Sutton to obtain more feedback on the recommended school calendar.

In other action: Dr. Sutton thanked the Galva Schools for allowing Stark schools the use of their track; a grant is being explored to possibly obtain a separate fiber optic line to the junior and high schools; there was discussion on the addition of a Pre-K classroom; consideration will be given in next month’s meeting of extending bids for buses, vans and/or tractors for fiscal year 2020; approval of the auditor contract with Gorenz & Associates; and discussion concerning the robotics team, which is sponsored by Martin Engineering, of Neponset.

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