The Twin Valley Community Local School Board of Education met Monday, March 24, to discuss make up missed school days due to inclement-weather, school lunch policy, and the 2014-2015 school calendar.
Superintendent Dr. Clint Moore discussed the plan for calamity make-up days for 2014.
“Basically we just tacked on another day at the end. You had to use four contingency plan days before you could accept four additional waived days,” said Moore. The school district will add an extra day on May 30, the last day for students. Teachers will return that following Monday, June 2. Graduation will remain as scheduled.
Council heard from Kathy Poor, food service director, regarding updates from the Food and Dining Department.
Poor submitted a proposal regarding a Wellness Policy. Poor attended the School Nutrition Association conference in Dublin, Ohio recently. “They’re wanting to get to be more elaborate than what they currently are for most schools. They’ll have specific goals, objectives, benchmarks, presentations, to parents, to the public. They decided that they would set the school day to midnight and 30-minutes after the school day ends, and that anything that’s held upon school grounds, with the exception of sporting events, would have to fall under those guidelines,” Poor said.
The Wellness Policy will regulate items brought in to the classroom, for example, brownies for a student’s birthday. Poor said she and the school nurse will meet one-on-one with a student’s parents to address issues such as food allergies, medical conditions, and weight problems, to regulate the issue themselves, instead of having to regulate an entire classroom.
Poor’s department also donated $155 to the Jacob’s Ladder Program in Eaton.
“Our head cook happens to be married to a Lions Club member, and when she went home and told him about it, they actually had a presentation at the Lions Club meeting, and the Lions Club has made a $400 donation to the program,” said Poor. The Lions Club will be making the donation a recurring gesture to support the program.
Lee Myers, transportation and maintenance supervisor, spoke regarding bus purchasing and transportation-related issues.
“In reality, the purchase of Bus 13, I think that the understanding was we would be able to buy a new bus with the funding … had that gone through, I think we’d be sitting better off than we were, than where we are now,” said Myers.
Myers told the board the last “new” bus purchased for the school was bought in 2007.
“I have to mention that I had to look into updating our fleet the best I could, and chose to drive over to Newcomerstown and purchase a used bus.”
The board announced the transition into the program, “Go Math!”, for the upcoming school year.
The program will be entirely electronic, utilizing no textbooks. “Math is math. It hasn’t changed a whole lot in 2,000 years,” said Moore. “We’ve got to get into a program that develops the higher level thinking skills with the concepts of math and teaching kids to like every day math and understand it.”
The board discussed the price of the program, which for a five-year contract, is currently less than the current program.
Dr. Moore discussed the calendar year 2014-2015 school year.
“We have to sit down and take at this point, we’d better wait and negotiate that and wait to come out with a recommendation based on those negotiations. Because, it really gets into work calendars for the classified staff,” said Moore.