MEIGS COUNTY — Wednesday morning saw the start of the 2015-16 school year, as middle and high school students began classes at 7:45 a.m., with primary and intermediate students beginning their school day at 7:55 a.m.
And the night before the first day of classes, Meigs Local Board conducted their usual Tuesday meeting; only this Tuesday night’s meeting was also the first school night of the new year.
During their meeting, the local board approved a resolution regarding Ohio House Bill 70, which involved the Youngstown community. According to the board, public schools have “traditionally been governed by an elected board of education whose members have been chosen by their fellow community members to make sound decisions about educating their community’s children and to determine the most effective use of local tax dollars in pursuit of that goal.”
In their notes, the board cites a 2010 appointment of an academic distress commission in the Youngstown City Schools. This commission, due to restructuring, functions under a CEO appointed by individuals who may reside outside of the Youngstown community, as opposed to members within that community. Meigs Local Board, in their notes, state that this “has set aside the ability of the elected board of education to exercise its governing authority.” According to the board, it was this change that was recently added to House Bill 70, “which the Ohio General Assembly passed without any serious input from the Youngstown City Board of Education or Youngstown community.”
The resolution the board passed reads, “That we, the elected members of the Meigs Local School District Board of Education, on behalf of the children and community we serve, do object and protest the manner in which this legislation was passed and question how district reforms and improvements can be achieved without involving and engaging the elected board of education and Youngstown.”
In the rest of the resolution, Meigs Local Board asks that the state superintendent take appropriate steps to get input from the board and the community prior to the appointment of a CEO; asks that members of the Ohio General Assembly, the State Board of Education and Gov. John Kasich seek amendments to this House Bill; and that copies of the board’s resolution be distributed to all the listed parties.
Members voted to increase the Meigs Middle School Athletic Change Fund from $200 to $400, and also voted to increase Meigs High School’s Athletic Change Fund from $2,000 to $2,500.
Aaron Oliphant was hired as the Wellness/Facility manager on a two-year contract, Carrie Kennedy was hired as a personal assistant for the upcoming school year and hired her as a head cross country coach at Meigs Middle School for the 2015 season and Carrie Walker was hired as a personal assistant as well.
Jane Hawley, Sheryl Lambert, Tonia Radcliffe and Helen Robinson were hired as substitute cooks for the new school year, and Nicole Smith, Jayne Humphreys, April Myers and Rhonda Foster were hired as substitute secretaries.
The following people were hired as substitute teachers: John Bell, Ilse Burris, Teresa Carr, Nathan Clink, Susan Cochran, William Downie, Wendy Egan, Marjorie Fetty, John Flemming, Pamela Foreman, Julie Gillem, Vickie Griffin, Agnes Hapka, Betty Hoschar, Vicki Hughes, Linda Lear, Jessica Marcum, Debra McCall, Linda McKnight, Allen Midcap, Craig Moore, Linda Myers, Gay Perrin, James Ritchie, Nathan Robinette, Nancy Scarbrough, Amanda Schwarzel, Stephanie Thatcher, Keith Tompkins, Gloria VanReeth and Linda Yonker.
The board also accepted the resignation Jena Tenoglia, retroactive to May 31, 2015, so that she can retire. Tenoglia served as a speech and language pathologist.
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