On the record – Lordstown

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Monday

PRESENT: William Catlin, Carla Click, Cheryl Kistler, Niki Reid and Jackie Woodward

The board:

• Met with about 40 parents prior to the meeting on school safety. Superintendent Terry Armstrong said discussion included what school security measures are in place such as backpack checks and what else could possibly be added such as random locker checks and metal detectors. Several area schools have held meetings following recent the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and area threats;

• Heard from high school students who attended the Regional Chamber Columbus Drive-in where they were able to talk directly with legislators about education issues such as funding, assessments and school safety;

• Announced various activities will take place 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 12 at high school to mark the 100th anniversary of the first graduating class of Lordstown schools;

• Announced Mary Beth Tinker of the landmark court case Tinker v. Des Moines will be the featured speaker at the annual Democracy Day program March 22;

• Tabled an open enrollment policy until March as class numbers are being assessed;

• Accepted a $13,535 donation from the athletic boosters for the athletic records boards;

• Reported physical education / health teacher Seth Mansell and Lordstown Recreation Director Marty Gibson have helped build up the Rahde-Phillips Fitness Center at the high school;

• Entered into an agreement with Eastern Gateway Community College for College Credit Plus for high school students to earn college credit in various courses;

• Rescheduled the next work session to 6 p.m. March 14 and the next board meeting 6 p.m. March 20 in the high school band room.

— Bob Coupland