BALTIMORE – Some Liberty Union-Thurston School Board members were disappointed to learn Monday night that all three district schools will require wireless technology upgrades so students will be able to take staterequired tests on-line starting with the 2014/15 school year.
Board members unanimously agreed to waive competitive bidding so the work can be completed this summer. Two bids were solicited. Centratech of Heath was the low bidder at $126,437. Technology coordinator Linda Young said the firm could start immediately. Installation will require four to six weeks to complete.
In other business Monday night, two parents of select soccer players urged board members to appoint Jeff Raymond as the new girls soccer coach. John Hilliard asked board members to get a well qualified coach, rather than just provide supplemental income to a teacher. Both parents said they held their daughters out of school soccer last season due to concerns about the quality of coaching.
Several board members said they were uncomfortable with the comments about personnel decisions. They did acknowledge that a decision is needed ASAP, suggesting that a special meeting might be called to make the decision before the next regular meeting set for Monday, July 8. That meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Land Lab, just east of the district administrative office.
Building principals briefly reviewed changes to their student handbooks for next year. The high school handbook will now include a state mandated section on concussions. All coaches will have to complete concussion training that is available on-line.
The middle school is changing its daily schedule by adding a 30-minute intervention period at the end of each day. Students will either read silently or work oneon one with teachers if they are struggling in any classes. There will be a testing component to the silent reading. Other middle school changes include doubling the detention if students don’t serve a detention. Energy drinks have been banned from the hallways and can not be shared with other students anywhere in the building. Chewing gum has also been banned to protect the new multi-use tables.
At the elementary school, students will be asked to have an extra pair of shoes available if they wear flip flops to school. The revised handbook also sets a procedure for parents to request specific teacher characteristics, but not teachers by name for their students.
Changes in transportation – a student will be picked up rather than take the bus etc. – must be made before noon and done in writing. An email is sufficient. Principal Linda Rainey said the volume of afternoon calls threaten to overwhelm the school secretary and lead to mistakes. Parents will also be asked to provide a blanket permission slip for field trips at the beginning of the year. Parents will still be notified about specific trips, but the blanket permission slip will eliminate problems with late or forgotten slips.
The May co-students of the month were honored. Sophomore Cassie Davis is the daughter of Bryan and Julie Davis. She is active in Leo Club. Cassie won a gold and two bronze medals last fall with the Fairfield County Special Olympics Equestrian Team. She is also active in 4-H.
Now graduated senior Jamie Jasper is the daughter of James and Tina Jasper. She was a fouryear varsity volleyball player, serving as captain for the last two years. She was a valedictorian and a member of the National Honor Society, Choral and Foreign Language Club.
The Lady Lions softball team was honored as Mid State League Cardinal Division Champions. The baseball team was honored for winning the MSL Cardinal Championship for the first time in 19 years. The boys track team also took the MSL Cardinal Championship for the third year in a row.
Four runners – Jacob Basso, Matt Maldovan, Colton Roth and Greg Underwood – were honored for qualifying for the state track meet. Asthe4x100team,they won every race until the state final when they finished fifth, qualifying for All-Ohio honors.