For Coach Gary Quisno, the Dec. 18 B-C-S Board of Education meeting was an evening to remember.
Quisno had been with the district as a teacher, athletic director, and Oak Harbor High School Head Football Coach for nearly three decades, racking up several achievements including a 224—83 winning record. The Board honored and commended Quisno for his induction into the Ohio High School Football Coach’s Hall of Fame, for his commitment to excellence, and for his dynamic development of youth during his stellar tenure at Oak Harbor. Surrounded by family and friends, Coach Quisno heard many words of praise and thanks from former players and coaches he worked with. Additionally, the Village of Oak Harbor and the Ottawa County Commissioners declared Dec. 18, 2012, as Coach Gary Quisno Day.
In other business, the B-C-S Board of Education decided to maintain the current grade level configurations for its three school buildings for the 2013-2014 school year. R.C. Waters Elementary School will continue to educate all Grades K—3 students, Oak Harbor Middle School will continue to educate all Grades 4—7 students, and Oak Harbor High School will continue to educate all Grades 8—12 students. Superintendent Guy Parmigian recommended this action to reassure the B-C-S community of stability for children, families, and staff. “Our students, staff, administration, and community have worked together to adjust to their new environments. There is no need to make any changes to current grade configurations for next school year and into the near future,” Parmigian said.
In other business, the Board hired Matthew Chasteen (Oak Harbor High School Class of 1995 graduate) as assistant mechanic for the transportation department to fill the position left vacant by Mr. Tom Lenz, who is retiring after 17 years with the district.
The Board also thankfully accepted several donations: $500 from Crown Battery for the continuation of the seating project at the high school; along with donations of $1,500 from Oak Harbor Area Merchants, $500 from Steven & Brianne Harder, and $500 from Michael R. Harder to be used towards the purchase of a new infield grooming machine and other projects for the Oak Harbor Girls Softball Program. Additionally, the Board thankfully accepted the donation of $1,700 from the TIE (Together in Education) Parent group at R.C. Waters Elementary. The TIE group wished to have $50 provided to each classroom teacher at R.C. Waters for the purpose of buying classroom supplies for students. Also, the Board also accepted a grant, written by Transportation Director Ginger Stayancho, of $9,396 from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency that will be used to install diesel oxidations catalysts on six B-C-S buses.
The next B-C-S Board meeting has been set for Jan. 14, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Board Office. The Board will begin by holding a brief Organizational Meeting, and will then move into the regular business meeting at 6:15 p.m.