EATON — During the Eaton Community Schools Board of Education’s meeting on May 8, the board recognized all students who participated in academic contests and commend them on their outstanding performance of representation of Eaton Community Schools. Board members also recognized Katie Bryant for participating in the Stock Market Game, a program of the SIFMA Foundation, and congratulated her on placing tenth with her essay.
The board then recognized the following students of the Eaton High School FFA Farm Business Management Team for placing first in the state competition: Trent Broermann, Andrew Brooks, Drew Kahle, Katelyn Niehaus, Blake Whitesell, and Cole Whitesell.
The board further recognized Niehaus as first place overall individual in the Farm Business Management sate contest.
Following student recognitions, the board recognized Employee Achievement.
They recognized Amy Kochensparger for her “professionalism, dedication, and outstanding representation of the Eaton Community School District.” They also congratulated her on being selected as Ohio’s 2017 Lead PBS Digital Innovator through ThinkTV.
The Eaton Board of Education then recognized the following educators who recently completed the Resident Educator Program: Christy Cassel, Jackie Chasteen, Timothy Chasteen, Heather Green, Hannah Harrison, Abigail Hinson, Chelsea Lucas, Emily Smith, Anthony Sollenberger, and Laura White.
During reports, board member Terry Parks noted, “Unfortunately, the CTC Bond Levy failed, at 52 percent to 48 percent. There is going to be another opportunity, probably either in August or November. I saw in the paper the other day, where if they run it in August and it fails, the state initiative goes away. So, that would not be a good thing. For those of you who are considering voting no in that situation, if it does pass and the state is not involved, you are going to pay twice as much as you would if the state is involved. My recommendation would be to consider, if you are a ‘no’ voter, that you consider voting next when it comes up again.”
Superintendent Barbara Curry reported prom had been a success and she thanked everybody who helped out.
There was a report from Pam Friesel and the kindergarten teachers on staggered start.
Kindergarten teachers are advocating for a staggered start to kindergarten this year. Half of the class (roughly 10 students) would start on Wednesday, Aug. 16, and the other half would start on Thursday, Aug. 17 (another 10 students). Teachers reported, this is the best way to teach the students the rules of school and would provide for less distractions.
Under new business, the board discussed student disciplinary suspension for an unnamed eighth grader. They had discussed disciplinary action for the student during an executive session and had come to a decision. Board member Keith Shepherd said, “I stand behind any kind of discipline that the administration hands out, for the most part. The only thing that I am going to differ in, and the only reason why, is on this eighth grade D.C. trip, we have an inconsistency. This is the only reason why.”
He explained that in one guideline for participation it states one incident could be reason to prohibit the student, while another guideline states that two or more incidents could prohibit student participation. That is on the website.
“Because of those inconsistencies, that is the only thing that I would raise a question with regarding student D.C. participation,” he added.
Board president Lisa Noble explained they had come to the decision that the parents need to sign off on a document agreeing to the student’s probationary attendance on the D.C. trip. The parents must sign a letter stating that if the student misbehaves on the trip he will then be sent home on the parents’ dime.
The student’s participation in the trip is conditional on the parents signing that letter.
Board member Parks asked to address the student in question and said, “You know what best behavior means. Between now and the start of that trip, as well as that trip that we have decided that you can make upon approval of your parents, your best behavior is needed. If it’s not, I would say that you probably won’t get to go. Between now and then, your best behavior is what you need to do.”
In other news:
•The board approved the resignation of first grade teacher Kristina Armstrong.
•The board approved the retirement of Health Aide Janice Wentzell.
•The board approved employment of teacher Steven Kline.
The next Eaton Community Schools Board of Education meeting will be held on Monday, June 12, at 6 p.m. at Hollingsworth-East Elementary.
Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH