On the record


WHAT: Board of Education meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Don Mickel, Scott Chapman, Kristina Stephens and Misty Berry

ABSENT: Kathy Johnson

The board:

l Approved a contract for nursing services from Akron Children’s Hospital for a nurse to be in the schools. Superintendent Christopher Dray said the district has had secretaries and staff handle nursing needs or, in extreme situations, the fire department across the street has been contacted. Dray said because students have more medical issues, it was decided to have a nurse at the buildings;

l Approved establishing a fund for the Student Wellness / Success Grant, which will be used for covering costs for the nurse;

l Increased lunch price for adults form $2.95 to $3.40 per meal daily;

l Approved 50 “Stop the Bleed” equipment buckets for the schools to be used in severe injuries such as a shooting. Dray said staff was trained on using the kits last May;

l Announced the high school Beta Club will hold a community Halloween trick-or-treat 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the school.

— Bob Coupland


WHAT: Township trustees meeting Thursday

PRESENT: Cindy Speaker, Sam Plott and Dan Tietz


l Announced a waterline dedication ceremony will be 10 a.m. Friday at the township’s center park for the completion of the Blueprint to Prosperity waterline project from Braceville to West Farmington. Fire Chief Chris Plott said now that the project is done, hydrants in the area will be serviceable;

l Heard from Speaker that the township joined with Farmington Township to apply for Ohio Public Works Commission funding for 2020 for paving sections of Geauga Portage Easterly Road, which is located in both townships. She said some paving work has been done this year. Trustees will attend the District 6 Public Works meeting 9 a.m. Tuesday with Eastgate to go over the project;

l Approved Walter Paving at $7,250 for paving the basketball court by the 1907 School Building;

l Heard from cemetery association president Marsha Phipps that work has been done this summer and fall by the association, including painting the cemetery shed and also restoring gravestones at Delightful Cemetery with 55 stones corrected, and 17 stones corrected at the Old German Cemetery. Phipps said a stone was found under the “Keefer” monument that reads Harry Packard 1856 for a child age 2. Through research on the stone, it was learned he is the son of Warren Packard, the uncle of W.D. Packard;

l Are seeking applicants for part-time zoning inspector, as current inspector Marlene Russomanno is leaving because she is running unopposed for township trustee Nov. 5. Speaker said trustees would like to have someone in place before the end of the year so they can work with Russomanno to become familiar with the position. Russomanno will be filling the seat of Sam Plott, who is not seeking re-election;

l Are seeking letters of interest from residents to fill two openings on the zoning board and one position on the zoning commission. Send letters to P.O. Box 266, Southington, 44470;

l Heard from Plott that a new pumper firetruck will be delivered in December;

l Heard from Don Strock of the Southington Community Trust that the Storytime for Children is being held 11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at the Chalker Building. Strock said children will hear a story and get a book and snack;

l Announced a community trick-or-treat will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the gazebo.

— Bob Coupland


WHAT: Board of Education meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Dan Schwartz, Kevin Blair, Tom Donaldson, Tami Morrison and Dan Denman

The board:

l Recognized Donaldson and Donaldson Construction, Roper Brothers Inc., Sexton Associates Architects, Sines Builders and Stewart Construction who worked together and volunteered services for a 24-by-24-foot pavilion at Maplewood Elementary property to be used by both students and community members. Student Council adviser Laurie Vitko said the students raised $4,000 for the project, which officials said would have cost as much as $26,000. Buckeye Bulk, CPC Truss, Carter Lumber and King Brothers donated materials for the pavilion. Plans are to add benches and tables to the pavilion for students to use during school hours;

l Approved an agreement with Gardiner System Services at $28,300 for routine maintenance on the heating and cooling systems for one year, effective Oct. 1;

l Entered into an agreement with Karafa’s Landscape service for snow removal at $300 each for the two schools and $15 each for the school bus turnarounds;

l Entered into a one-year agreement with Trumbull County Educational Service Center at $716,751 for special need services for students;

l Entered into an electric energy sales agreement with Power 4 School with Engie Resources, an electric supplier, through a state cooperative purchasing program for retail electric energy services. Treasurer Merri Smith said this helps schools get better rates.

— Bob Coupland


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