EATON — Eaton Community Schools Board of Education recently voted on a policy update which will change how public participation is handled during open board session.
During a meeting on Monday, Dec. 10, various other policy updates were approved.
One such update states that to speak during public participation, one must request to be put on the agenda 72 hours in advance of the meeting. According to Superintendent Jeff Parker, this change will allow for staff to go through the “proper chain of command” when handling a complaint.
“A good number of Ohio boards of education do it like we’re going to, and I know some do it like we have been doing it. Essentially what it is going to do, is for visitors to speak at board meetings, at least 72 hours prior put in writing the reason they want to speak at the board meeting,” Parker said.
“What we’ve found happens with that, there are times people come to a board and they haven’t gone through the chain of command to work through the issue. We want to make sure we exhaust that and work that out before it comes were. We still have the ability to express our First Amendment, but there is a process that is a little more efficient.”
Board member Terry Parks presented his Miami Valley Career Technical Center report:
•Sophomore career day was a success. They already have 700 applications for juniors for next year.
•The MVCTC building project is a year ahead of schedule.
In other business:
•The board accepted a bid from Cardinal Bus Sales and Service, Inc., to purchase a 2019 Blue Bird T3FE 3508, 72 passenger school bus at a cost of $92,689 with a trade in of Bus 14, 2002 Blue Bird TC2000, 72 passenger bus, for a cash value of $500.
•The board approved an agreement to participate in the Dayton Area School Application System Consortium coordinated through the Montgomery County Educational Service Center. As a member of this consortium, this school district agrees to pay its share of the charges ($1,000) established for the consortium application process for a minimum of one year.
•The board approved a monetary donation from Dr. Jill Vosler.
The annual organizational meeting of the board of education will be held at Hollingsworth-East Elementary prior to the regular business meeting on Jan. 14, 2019, at 6 p.m. with the regular meeting to immediately follow.
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