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Minerva Board of Education Vice President Stanley Pennock, as well as Minerva's spelling bee winner and runner-up, were honored at the board of education's meeting held Feb. 13.
Ohio School Boards Association Northeast Regional Manager Reno Contipelli visited from Brooklyn Heights, Ohio, to present Pennock with a plaque featuring the State of Ohio for his 25 years of service as a board member.
"This is an incredible accomplishment out of the $3,500 board members in the state," said Contipelli. "This just shows the confidence the community has in you to serve them."
"I know of some board members who have been unhappy with where they are, but I have never felt that one time," said Pennock. "I am honored, thank you all."
Pennock ran the meeting due to the absence of President Bob Foltz.
Spelling Bee champion Delaney Tennant of the eighth grade and runner-up Leigh Johnson of the sixth grade were honored with certificates by the board and Superintendent Gary Chaddock. Middle School Principal Scott Cassidy was present for the honor.
Tennant's first-place win allows her to represent Minerva Local School District in the regional spelling bee at GlenOak High School set for March 4.
In other business, the board:
HEARD Director of Curriculum and Instruction Becky Miller explained that The Ohio Department of Education has awarded almost $500,000 of Straight A funding to a new program called "All In: Ensuring Success for All Students." This will impact approximately 77.299 students across six counties and 29 school districts.
The idea is to promote awareness for all students and raise achievement gaps as reported to the ODE district report card.
APPROVED memorandum of understanding with Kent State University for College Credit Plus for 2017-2018 school year.
APPROVED expenditures from January for $1,404,797.
HEARD the Bully incidents summary can be viewed on the school website at www.mlsd.sparcc.org/content2/bully.
APPROVED the retirement of Darlene Sutton as a Minerva Local School bus driver effective May 31. Sutton has been a bus driver for 30 years.
APPROVED the following substitute bus drivers for the 2016-2017 school year (all pending certification): Brandi Grove, Tim Hawkins, Bruce Bryan, and James Bailey.
APPROVED recommendation to accept the resignation of Heather Bryan as recess aide at Minerva Elementary effective Feb. 8.
APPROVED the following supplemental contracts for the 2016-2017 school year: Tom Stafford, assistant track coach (change from full to 1/2); Missy Ronches, assistant track coach (1/2 stipend); and Kyle Isler, assistant baseball coach (full).
The March board meeting will be held Monday, March 13, 7 p.m.