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B-C-S Board Looking Forward

Pictured from left to right are: Mrs. Karen Barney of the Rocket Soccer Improvement Committee, Mr. Roger Fulwiler of Bechtel Corporation, Mr. William Poiry  of the Soccer Improvement Committee, and Mrs. Heather Dewitz, President of the B-C-S Board of Education

The Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education took up forward looking action and discussion items at its regular meeting held on Tuesday, Sept. 24th.  First, Board members highlighted the efforts of the Rocket Soccer Complex Improvement Committee and a recent donation it received from Bechtel Corporation, a lead contractor on work currently being done at Davis-Besse Power Plant. Mr. Roger Fulwiler of Bechtel Corporation addressed the Board members and audience about Bechtel’s willingness to be a part of meaningful and worthy projects that benefit the communities they work in. Board members expressed their thanks to Bechtel Corporation for their continued support of B-C-S School District, which included a past donation of $5,000 to benefit the Music Department.

Also, the Board discussed that information was being placed around the district informing voters of two renewal levies that will be on the November 5th ballot. These renewal levies include a 3.9 mill operating levy renewal, which was originally passed in August 2000. This levy generates approximately $1.3 million per year. The other levy up for renewal is a 1.2 mill permanent improvement levy that was originally passed in November 1979—this levy generates approximately $175,000 per year. Passage of these two renewal levies will result in NO new taxes for citizens.

In other business, the Board approved several personnel recommendations from the superintendent, including issuing supplemental contracts to teachers to serve as mentors for newer teachers. B-C-S and districts around the state have utilized a mentoring program to support teachers to help them navigate the many dimensions of the teaching profession. The Board also approved coaching staff for winter sports. The B-C-S Board of Education also had a formal first reading of revisions to ten Board policiesThe Board also formally approved a purchase agreement for the sale of the Graytown School building and property to North Point Educational Service Center.

In discussion items, Mr. Travis Magato, B-C-S Band Director, made a presentation to Board members regarding a fundraising effort that is underway to purchase new band uniforms. Mr. Magato explained that the Oak Harbor Band Department and the B-C-S Music Boosters have taken exceptional care of current band uniforms, which extended their life well beyond what was expected. Moreover, the B-C-S Music Boosters, who have been diligently saving money, have committed up to $25,000 toward the fundraising campaign. The approximate cost of the new band uniforms is $51,000. To contribute to the band uniform fundraising effort, visit OakHarborBands.com.

In other discussion items, Mr. Parmigian and Mrs. Priesman discussed and solicited feedback from Board members about the development of a more up to date website that is user-friendly and includes the most up to date information for parents and community members. The superintendent also discussed the development of a five year strategic plan and vision for the district. Mr. Parmigian explained that he had had initial discussions with the administrative team about the strategic plan, and believed that the strategic plan should be clear, concise, and easy to communicate to all district stakeholders. Finally, Mr. Parmigian and the Board discussed the new legislative requirement that the Board appoint a “business advisory council.” The Board determined that the district’s current Finance Committee could also serve in the capacity of the district’s business advisory council.

The next regular B-C-S Board of Education meeting will be held at 6 p.m.on Tuesday, October 22, at the Board of Education Office.

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