On the record – LaBrae

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Monday

PRESENT: Russell Sewell, Virginia Blaney, Tim Gibson and Gary Morton

ABSENT: Diane Duncan

The board:

• Heard from cafeteria supervisor Autumn Vay who said LaBrae and six other school districts out of 219 who have contracts with the Nutrition Group will have students sampling and tasting 45 new food products with selected items to be implemented 2019-2020. She said after the data from the six school districts is compiled, it will determine what are favorite choices and what will be implemented;

• Heard from Superintendent Anthony Calderone that Gardiner Service Co. has been doing work on heating and cooling units and roofs on the west side of the gymnasium following damage from the winds and extreme cold temperatures in January;

• Heard from Calderone the high school was identified as a focus school for three years to 2021 by the Ohio Department of Education based on federal guidelines for state test scores for identified groups, such as special-needs students. In alignment with federal requirements and Ohio’s Every Student Succeeds Act state plan, the state’s schools that struggle with large achievement gaps among student subgroups are identified as focus schools;

• Heard from Calderone of plans to create a LaBrae Hall of Fame to recognize both academics and athletics with organizational meetings being held. He said another committee is planning for the 50th anniversary of the LaBrae school system in 2020;

• Approved a policy for drug and alcohol testing of bus drivers with CDL licenses;

• Approved the 2019-2020 school calendar with the first day of school for students Aug. 27;

• Increased pay for classified substitute bus driver for extra trips from $9 to $9.25 per hour effective Jan. 14;

• Approved Laurie Criddle as a bus driver on a one-year limited contract effective Feb. 11;

• Approved establishment of a trust fund for the Alfred Lopez Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund. A total of $11,500 in donations was accepted for the fund;

• Approved open enrollment for the district from any school district;

• Recognized Treasurer Carol Jones for receiving the state audit award for a“clean audit” for the 2017-2018 year. She has received the award several times;

• Approved Trumbull County Educational Service Center to use the complex for annual bus driver training Aug. 7.

— Bob Coupland