June 14 meeting
KEY ACTION The Tuscarawas Valley Board of Education granted one-year teaching contracts to three certified employees for the 2021-22 school year.
Discussion: Those hired were Gabrielle Gonzales (Schwartz), middle school science; Ciera Newell, middle school math; and Robert (Jim) Kirk, high school science pending verification of all credentials.
In another matter, the board made declarations of a mission statement and board goals. The mission statement is as follows: the district will focus on high achievement for all students by providing a challenging curriculum in a positive learning environment.
The five board of education goals are to provide a safe and positive environment for students and staff; provide a quality education and learning opportunities for students; demonstrate financial responsibility; maintain credibility and open communications with students, parents, staff and the community; and strive for educational equity so that all students have access to relevant and challenging academic experiences and educational resources necessary for success.
• Accepted a $500 grant award from the National Forensic League for nationals; $25 donation from Willie and Virginia Digman, Drama Club; Dan Stenz, and Massillon Lowe’s, disinfectant wipes; and $100 from American Legion Carr-Bailey Post 519, high school band.
• Rescinded the employment of Kyle Stotzer, freshman assistant boys basketball, approved at the May meeting.
• Approved a shared services agreement with the Stark County Educational Service Center for the 2020-21 school year for Stacey Bettis, food services coordinator, at about $40,000 annually.
• Gave approval for a 2021 service agreement with the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center at a cost of $660,000 for all services and a distance education agreement for Mandarin Chinese, at a cost of about $8,000.
• Approved a service agreement with Fairless Local Schools for EMIS Coordination Services for $15,000 plus board’s share of fringe benefits.
• Entered into an agreement with the Ohio Mid-Eastern Regional Education Service Agency at a cost of about $35,000 annually.
• Gave approval to the district Remote Learning Plan, as originally approved July 27, 2020, if and when needed, as determined by the superintendent, subject to notification.
FOR YOUR INFO
• The board approved a nonroutine use of a school bus for shuttling purposes at the request of the Canal Lands Development Committee for the annual Canal Tavern of Zoar 5K race on Oct. 10. All expenses will be paid by the Canal Lands Development Committee.
UP NEXT Meets at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 in the high school Trojan Center. The July 12 meeting has been canceled. A special meeting will be held at 8 a.m. June 30 in the Trojan Center for fiscal year end. A work session will follow.