At its March 19th meeting, the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education highlighted the efforts of Mrs. Carolyne Gilchrist, Coordinator of Ottawa County Project Lifesaver. Gilchrist explained that Project Lifesaver is a non-profit enterprise that provides transmitter wristbands for both children and adults who are at risk of becoming missing or wandering due to a disability, or disease like Alzheimer’s. The wristbands emit an automatic radio signal every second, and that signal can be tracked over several miles. Project Lifesaver has been able to help locate missing children and adults in minutes rather than days. Almost 50% of the missing and wandering will perish if they are not located within 24 hours. Ottawa County Project Lifesaver is sponsored by the Port Clinton Lions Club, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, other agencies, and by generous donations. Gilchrist asked those who want more information on this program that can save lives to call 419 898-0400, extension 3133. B-C-S Superintendent Guy Parmigian extended his thanks to Gilchrist for her efforts, and for sharing this critical information that could be of benefit to all ages.
In other business President Heather Dewitz entertained reports from Board members on the district’s various committees including Facilities, New Teacher Evaluations, Communications, Finance, Policy, and Intra-District Goals.
Next, the Board extended its commendations to Oak Harbor High School Athletics state qualifiers including: Cooper Hicks (Diving), finished 23rd in Ohio; Bryce Buderer (Diving), finished 21st in Ohio; Devon Griffin (Diving), finished 16th in Ohio; Ben Dresser (Swimming), finished 23rd in Ohio in the 200 freestyle; Alec Bowlick (Wrestling); T. J. Lawrence (Wrestling) Division II 8th place finisher in the 285 pound weight class; Jared Chambers (Wrestling), Division II 5th place finisher in the 152 pound weight class; and Luke Cramer, Wrestling Division II State Champion in the 170 pound weight class. Commendations were presented by Director of Athletics Drew Grahl who briefly commented on the strengths and contributions of each student-athlete.
In Treasurer’s businessTim Coffman’s monthly report concluded that overall district expenses are down 13.4% compared to last fiscal year. The Board and leadership of the district remain committed to ensuring that taxpayer dollars that support the operations of B-C-S Schools are spent efficiently and effectively.
The B-C-S Board of Education set their next regular business meeting for Tuesday, April 16th at 6 p.m.at the Board Office.