Supt. Brian Petrie addressed several topics when the Cardington-Lincoln
Board of Education met for their November meeting.
He said the Athletic Boosters had raised $6,250 for the purpose of
baseball and softball fence and elementary gym bleachers. Most of these
projects have been completed. “We’re very happy to have the junior
high girls and boys basketball at the gym and at the elementary and providing funds to get additional bleachers will make the experience of spectators and parents better.”
He also commended Katie Porteus, district librarian, for helping to write
the $500 grant awarded from the Wooster Book Company and Ohio Arts Council for use at the Buckeye Book Fair at Wooster. “The kids were excited to spend that money at the Book Fair. It’s a very popular program within the district,” he said.
He complimented the performance given earlier in the day by the RMT Band
in the Drouhard Auditorium. Sponsored by the Gleaners, it was attended by students in grades four, five and six, parents, veterans and the community. Petrie said the band was very appreciative of our facilities – the environment and sound were perfect for their performance. He also noted the good job Linda Ruerhmund, president of the Chester Arbor of the Gleaners, did in emceeing the program.
Referring to the Board Policies, Petrie urged the board to review them by
the December meeting, giving approval or decline. He said the state auditors
are relying on looking at these policies, making sure we have the ones that
are most up to date. The board, he said, has copies of recommendations for
approval and the first read. He will make time at 6 pm at the December meeting to go over any final questions This will be open to the public if they
want to look at the language.
District treasurer, Jon Mason, reported “we are cautiously watching the
foundation as it develops into updating our new enrollments this year, both
regular Ed and Special Ed.” The board approved his report.
Giving an update on the Tomorrow Center, Supt Petrie said as a sponsoring
district “we are responsible for overseeing it.” He had attended the board’s
meeting earlier in the day and learned the enrollment is steady with 128.
He said they have been in contact with local schools about what programs
are offered to create a viable option for some of their students who have
counseling needs. He had also met with Brian De Santis, their attorney from Cleveland.
“I’m excited to work with him because he has worked with many community
schools and this firm has a lot of experience,” said Petrie.
He said they are still looking for an at-large board member. An ad will
be run seeking this member.
He gave a report on Naloxone Kits, noting that Naloxone is an antidote
for over dose of heroin. He said administrators from the high school level, board office rep at the elementary – Williams, Nippert, Mills and Petrie trained in the use of Naloxone. Project Dawn is providing kits to be distributed to individuals within school districts to be used in emergency situations.
He said the district itself can’t be owner of the kit but the individuals who
were trained are responsible for its storage. They learned the signs and
symptoms of when it is needed. These individuals learned on their own-
it was not a mandate.
Petrie introduced FFA Advisor and Agricultural instructor Erin Wollett
who described information on students visiting Honduras through a program
called Collegiate Agriculture, a special education for students.
Now they offer a high school trip of seven days to Honduras. She said it is a
curriculum learning and international education cultural experience.
Last year part of the experience was laying of concrete at a school there,
OSU allows them to take three students and one advisor and they will pay
$1200 of the advisor’s portion and $350 for each student. This is open to
juniors and seniors. She said she has about twelve to 15 students interested
Giving his report was Joe Mills, high school principal, who reviewed
activities in grades 7-12 and noted that Mark Colbern, from the Morrow County Sheriff’s Department, had presented a program on Bully Bustin’.
He publicly praised Austin Yake and his Golf Achievements, and the FFA
and members who were honored at the FFA Congress.
The Junior High Christmas band and choir concert will be December 13 and the high school concert is December 12, he said.
Jennifer Zierden, principal of grades 5-6, said students in grade six, will be visiting the Renaissance Theater in Mansfield to see “A Christmas Carol,”
and then will read that famous work.
The November birthday breakfast will be served at 8:15 am on November 29
She told staff they are going to make sure they are teaching what they are
suppose so we meet once a week with the 5th grade team and the next week with the 6th grade team to get the results they are suppose to achieve.
She listed the topics to be covered by classes the remainder of the calendar
Scott Hardwick, principal of grades K-4, said there are a lot of writing activities, literature being read, etc. in the countdown to Thanksgiving.
He reviewed the teacher conferences and said they had gone well.
He also reviewed Test Day noting it was a successful week of testing.
A data system is being constructed for the K-4 system, he said. Web Site bios are up and links are there. Anne Weston is helping him
with the construction. The district newsletter is also coming out this
winter, he said. There is a Twitter account – things are building at a momentum, he said. He thanked everyone for helping with the Fall Harvest, especially
the FFA for their work with the apple cider and the Putt Putt Golf Course.
The board accepted the resignation of Daniel Lemke, bus driver, effective
December 1, 2016.
Approved were the designated bus stops for the 2016-2017 school year.
Under the Consent Agenda, the board employed Philip Gaulin, Study Tables,
Supplemental contracts were approved for Marty Barnett, assistant AD,
Winter; Mary Hughes, tutor for SSID and Todd Jolliff, tutor for SSID.
Loretta Copeland was approved for the position of sub bus driver, a
needed and Mindy McGinnis, sub aide, as needed.
Supt Petrie asked that anyone interested in being appointed to the
Tri Rivers Career Board, and who meets the requirements, to contact him
This is to fill the vacancy created by retiring Jim Clinger.
The board will hold a work session on November 30, 2016 at 6 pm.
Board President Chuck Jones, said he is thankful for all who are helping to run the district- “I’m inspired by hearing all of the things that are going on and by those who are working on them in this district.” He said in comparing
the years since he came on board the district is doing much better in many ways.
The board held an executive session ORC 121.22 (G)(2) to prepare for
negotiations or bargaining session with public employees concerning their
compensation or other terms or conditions of their employment.
No further business was transacted.
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