On the record – Newton Falls

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Thursday

PRESENT: Brent Powell, Amie Crowder, Teresa Oakes, Chris Mazur and Julie Stimpert

The board:

• Heard from Treasurer Terry Armstrong the district’s five-year forecast includes the district not being in the red even in the later years, noting passage of two renewal levies in the April primary will help. Powell said all that the district has done in past years including cutting staff, closing an elementary school building and getting renewal levies passed have helped offset funding cuts the district has seen in recent years because of declining enrollment;

• Heard from high school Principal John Crowder that training and conditioning for football and volleyball will begin this week under phases that include checking the temperatures of students and coaches, working in small pods with 10 students at the most (such as football being broken into seven groups). Volleyball will be allowed in the gymnasium with a designated restroom with sanitizing after each person uses it;

• Discussed the senior graduation held at Skyway Drive-In, which officials said went successfully with even people from California calling to say they watched the YouTube video of the graduation. Officials said seniors will be able to say that they are the first graduating class to hold commencement in this way;

• Heard from Superintendent Paul Woodard that the Ohio State Highway Patrol inspected the district buses;

• Approved three-year contracts for Crowder and Robin Langley, director of special services, both through July 2023;

• Announced a negotiation session with the district teachers union is set for this week on its next contract;

• Announced food pickup will be 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the high school through June;

• Approved a three-year contract fore technology coordinator / EMIS coordinator Shawn Donnelly through July 2023. Treasurer Terry Armstrong said by combining the two positions, the district will save $26,000;

• Approved transfer of Vicky Howard from elementary administrative assistant to high school administrative assistant effective Aug. 1;

• Accepted resignation of Susan Edminston as educational assistant at the elementary / middle school because she is moving to Tennessee;

• Approved reducing the high school administrative assistant from a 12-month to an 11-month position to be in line with the high school principal’s schedule to save money.

— Bob Coupland


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