B-C-S Board welcomes staff; embraces “First Tee” program

Pictured above from left to right is The First Tee of Lake Erie Executive Director Chuck Redmond, The First Tee Sponsor and Oak Harbor Golf Club owner Chuck Benes, and B-C-S Superintendent Guy Parmigian.

Pictured above from left to right is Oak Harbor Middle School FCCLA teacher Mrs. Janel Gerwin, Oak Harbor Middle School Students Kady Crum and Anna Dedes, and B-C-S Board of Education President Heather Dewtiz.

At their regular meeting held on August 27th at 6 p.m. the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education conducted important business to open the 2013-2014 school year. First, the Board and Superintendent warmly welcomed staff members new to the B-C-S District. Principal Karen Gruber introduced new R.C. Waters Assistant Principal John Knapp, and Rebekah Witkowski, an intervention specialist; Oak Harbor Middle School Principal Marie Wittman introduced new staff members in her building brought in due to retirements/resignations, including Amy Sandrock, who will be teaching 6th grade language arts, Deb Cook who will be an intervention specialist, Lauren Boss who will be teaching 5th grade language arts and social studies, Kelly Traver who will be teaching 4th grade language arts, and Janene Lattimore who will be teaching reading; and Oak Harbor High School Principal Keith Thorbahn introduced Eric Dusseau who will be the virtual learning academy teacher/coordinator, Megan McGuire who will be teaching mathematics, and Tiffany Gwinn who will be an intervention specialist. These high school positions were filled due to retirements and resignations.

Next, Board members asked the B-C-S administrative team for an update on how the first day of school went in their buildings and respective departments. By all accounts, it was a very smooth and positive opening to the school year.

For the August “District Highlight,” the Board welcomed Mr. Chuck Benes, golf pro and owner of the Oak Harbor Golf Club, and Mr. Chuck Redmond, Executive Director of The First Tee of Lake Erie. Mr. Benes and Mr. Redmond discussed the benefits of The First Tee program for students. The mission of The First Tee is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. A major fundraiser held at Oak Harbor Golf Club, combined with a grant from the Rotary Club of Oak Harbor, will bring The First Tee Program into the physical education classes at R.C. Waters Elementary School. The money raised will pay for the curriculum, equipment, and training necessary to implement the program, which seeks to instill several core values including honesty, sportsmanship, courtesy, and judgment.

The Board and Superintendent were also honored to extend commendations to two outstanding young people who earned a Gold Rating at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference held in Nashville over the summer: Oak Harbor Middle School students Anna Dedes and Kady Crum.  Kady and Anna commented that they both developed confidence and strengthened their preparation and leadership skills by competing in FCCLA events at the local, state, and national levels. Oak Harbor High School teacher Mrs. Janel Gerwin noted that Anna and Kady earned the highest score of any student in OHMS history.

In other business, Board members hired staff to fill other vacancies created by resignations and retirements, approved substitute staff for the 2013-2014 school year, and entered into contracts with area agencies, which are necessary for serving the needs of special education students.

In policy matters, the B-C-S Board approved a policy required by state law on “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.” This required policy deals with the seclusion and restraint of children in the district. To summarize the policy, it directs that every effort should be made to prevent the need for the use of the seclusion and restraint of a child. However, in rare cases where seclusion and restraint of a child is necessary when there is an immediate risk of physical harm to a child or others, the policy insists that the seclusion and restraint of the child be done in a way the protects the safety and well being of the child involved.  

In discussion items, Curriculum Director Sherri Parent presented to Board members components of the new local report card format that was issued by the Ohio Department of Education. Mrs. Parent explained the calculations that were involved in local report card that now uses letter grades to rate district performance.

The next regular B-C-S Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept.24, at 6 the Board Office.

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