Present for the December District Highlight at the B-C-S Board of Education meeting regarding improvements at the OHHS Softball Field include (left to right): Mr. E.J. Croll, Coach Chris Rawski, Superintendent Guy Parmigian, and Director of Athletics Drew Grahl.
There were several issues to celebrate and appreciate at the Dec. 17 meeting of the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Board of Education. First, Superintendent Guy Parmigian extended commendations on behalf of the Board to Mrs. Karen Gruber, Principal at R.C. Waters Elementary School, and the staff at R.C. Waters Elementary School for being named a High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education. Principal Gruber pointed to the efforts and teamwork of all staff at R.C. Waters who helped to make this award possible. R.C. Waters Elementary School was the only school in Ottawa County to earn the High Progress School of Honor recognition. Next, Athletic Director Drew Grahl awarded commendations to 2013 Cross Country State Qualifier Tyler Sievert.
For the month’s District Highlight, Oak Harbor High School Softball Coach Chris Rawski, Athletic Director Drew Grahl, and community member E. J. Croll discussed the progress and improvements that have been made at the softball field over the past several months. Specifically, Coach Rawski pointed out the construction of a new softball press box that is currently underway. The press box is being paid for entirely by private donations. These donations include $12,000 from Mr. Croll. Mr. Grahl then extended his thanks to Tony Lochotzki and David Heintz who have been donating their labor over the past several weeks to construct the press box. Coach Rawski thanked all the individuals who have helped to improve the softball field to make it a high-quality venue for the Lady Rocket softball team. Mr. Croll commented that his daughter had played softball and he was glad to of help to improve the field for future generations of softball players.
In other business, the B-C-S Board heard a first reading of revised Board policies and regulations, approved the employment of substitute staff, and accepted the donation of $3,980 from Tri-Motors Ford in Oak Harbor, and $2,000 from Commodore Perry Credit Union. These donations were tied to the Ford “Drive for Your School” event held at Oak Harbor High School in the fall. The Oak Harbor Band, Oak Harbor High School DECA Program, as well as the athletic program benefited from these generous donations. The Board also approved a field trip to Layton, Florida for the high school marine science class.
Finally, the Board approved a strategic mission statement for the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District. Focusing on the letters B, C and S, the B-C-S School District mission is that
“We: Believe each child can achieve success and all staff must remain ready to meet the needs of all children; Challenge all students and staff to be civic-minded leaders, problem solvers, and critical thinkers, and Succeed when we work collaboratively with all district stakeholders to prepare our students for the challenges of higher education, training, the workforce, and life in a democratic society.”
The next meeting of the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education will be Monday, Jan. 13. The Organizational Meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will include the swearing in of Board members and officers with the regular meeting to follow.