At the June 23 Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education meeting, Board members approved a number of personnel items including authorizing hours for extended school year tutors, supplemental contracts, and extended service days for staff.
The Board also approved the hire of three new teachers who will begin at the start of the 2014-2015 school year: Ms. Jordie Martin will teach fourth grade, Ms. Amber Hamilton will teach art at R.C. Waters Elementary, and Ms. Kelsey Majoy will teach third grade. The Board also approved the resignation of Mr. Donald Christie, assistant principal at Oak Harbor Middle School. The next assistant principal for Oak Harbor Middle School will be named in the near future.
In other business, Board members approved student fees and student handbooks. All student fees for all buildings will be collected at Oak Harbor High School on Monday, August 18, and on Wednesday, August 20, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on both dates. The Board also approved minor changes to evaluation policies for both administrators and teachers, and adopted a policy prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes on school property.
In discussion items, Mrs. Laura Snodgrass addressed the Board with an idea for bringing on a Rocket mascot. Mrs. Snodgrass and Board members discussed how a mascot might increase Rocket pride and spirit, and create excitement among students and the school community. Mr. Parmigian and the Board discussed how Mr. Drew Grahl, Director of Athletics, and others should take the time to think through the many details that need to be worked out with a mascot, and to get the input of parents, staff, and students about the design of the mascot.
The Board also discussed the future of its facilities and providing the best and safest educational environment for children now and for decades into the future. Board members discussed that they want the input of a wide range of school district stakeholders on the future of school facilities. The Board decided that it should have a joint meeting of its Facilities, Finance, and Communications Committees to have meaningful and focused discussions, ask a wide range of questions, and get educated about options for the future of school facilities in B-C-S School District. Board members explained that they have a responsibility for exploring all options to provide the best educational spaces for the students of Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools.
A Special Board meeting was slated for Tuesday, July 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the Board Office.
The next Regular Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 22, at 6 p.m. at the Board Office.