A public hearing on applying for a permanent waiver of school holidays was held prior to the regular February Bradford School Board meeting. Superintendent Dr. Elin Lotspeich suggested that the board apply for a permanent waiver of the following holidays: Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday, Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday and Casimir Pulaski’s Birthday. By applying for a waiver, it gives the school district the option of holding school, scheduling teacher institutes, conducting parent teacher conferences, or conducting staff development activities on these dates in future years.
Dr. Lotspeich noted that approval of the waiver does not change anything from past practice. Having a permanent waiver in place simply allows the school district the option to hold school on these dates in the future, as they have in recent years with Veteran’s Day and President Lincoln’s Birthday. It was also noted that in the event school is not in session, the persons honored by these holidays will be recognized through instructional activities conducted on the day prior or after the holiday.
During the regular school board meeting, Principal Chad Gripp reported that the eighth graders have until March 1st to decide where they will be attending high school. As of the evening of the board meeting, 15 of the 24 had signed their forms and turned them in. He also reported that on January 27th over $200 was raised for Locks of Love by students raising funds and 80 inches of hair was cut and donated to the cause.
The Henry/Stark Health Department recently put on a dental health program at the school and the Stark County Soil and Water Conservation district held a poster contest with the winners receiving a pizza party. March 27th will be the first track meet and the Scholastic Bowl was holding their first competition the same night as the board meeting.
Dr. Lotspeich reported that the bleachers in both the junior high and grade school had been inspected and there are some split boards and missing bolts. She would recommend replacement of the bleachers.
The board was given figures for doing a life safety study which is good for ten years. An abbreviated study would cost $8000, while a full study would be $10,000 with state reports included. The board approved proceeding with the full study.
The next item on the agenda was lighting for the buildings for security purposes. It was suggested that motion sensors be placed in hallways which would require five for each building. TNT Electric in Lacon estimated a cost of $2716.56 for ten lights and labor by Tom Ryan would cost about $1000. The installation would have to work around other maintenance jobs that he has to do. The board moved to move forward with the project.
The board approved an energy agreement with Constellation National Energy. The board also approved the use of district buildings for the Bradford Science Camp from June 18th to June 23rd.
After executive session, the board accepted the written resignation of Kevin Rasmussen as of February 21, 2012, and hired Tom Ryan as interim maintenance person.