Galion BOE seeks bus garage design-build services
By Sarah Einselen
The Galion Board of Education took its first step toward constructing a new bus garage at the work session held Thursday evening, Oct. 27. It authorized the school treasurer to advertise for design-build services for the project. The board also passed resolutions to support the athletic boosters bingo operation and a new student group.
School operations director Kevin Early was unable to attend the work session, but has said at previous school board meetings that an advantage of the new design-build process over the traditional contractor setup is that the school can select the bidder who presents the best value, not necessarily the lowest price, on a project. Design-build is one of the three new construction bidding options allowed under Ohio House bill 153, made effective in September of this year.
The Galion Boosters received permission from the school board to use the intermediate school as the designated site for its state bingo license as long as the boosters comply with the school building use agreement and all school board polices.
A contract with the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center for educational aide and psychologist services was approved. The contract amount totals $198,162 and is for the 2011–2012 school year. Another agreement, this one with the Sylvan Learning Center to supplement reading and math education, was also passed. The agreement with Sylvan will cost no more than $1,293 per student.
A musical instrument repair fund was established as a special revenue fund for donations toward instrument repair. The district received a $700 donation earlier in October for that purpose. The board also approved advances from the general fund to two grant funds, to be repaid once the grant money is received from the Ohio Department of Education.
The board passed a resolution recognizing the T-Force student group as an approved organization, as well. The students named the group T-Force to stand for Tigers For Community Enhancement and presented their aims and plans at the October 13 school board meeting. The group intends to support local charities via unique types of fundraisers not currently used by other community organizations.
A second reading was approved of several school board policies relating to credit cards and purchasing cards, payment of unused vacation time, students’ use of medications and the school calendar.
Several personnel recommendations were approved. Jena Opperman will coach junior varsity softball as an extra duty assignment and Matthew Barnett will coach wrestling, also as extra-duty. Larry Dawson will be intermediate AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) coordinator, to be paid a $400 stipend from the AVID grant funds. Ted Maglio and Ryan Tanner were approved to be Students for Positive Choices coordinators, to be paid $1,400 from the local student activity accounts. Betty Manley and Ryan Tanner were also hired as sub-custodians.
The membership roster for the Race to the Top Evaluation Development Committee was approved, as follows: Shelly Barton, middle school social studies teacher; Fritz Caudle, high school principal; Ashlee Cuttitta, primary school intervention specialist; Andy Johnson, middle school principal; Cindy Parrott, intermediate school principal; Jennifer Rich, primary school intervention specialist; Sue Jarvis, fifth grade teacher; Fred Rinehart, high school math teacher; Cindy Voss, primary school principal; and Toni Zehe, district special education coordinator. Committee members will be paid an hourly rate.
Discussion of payment in lieu of transportation and of the school building use policies was tabled until the November 10 regular meeting, to be held at 6:30 p.m. in the middle school computer lab.