Greenville School Board tables decision on new principal


GREENVILLE — At the recent Greenville City School District Board Meeting a recommendation for employment of Stan Hughes as Greenville High School Principal, for a two-year (2017-2018, 2018-2019) administrative contract at a salary of $98,349, for 260 days was tabled.

According to Board President James Sommer, four candidates were interviewed for the position.

“Mister Hughes came to the top, based on the committee,” Sommer said. “The board wanted to have some discussion and with one board member (Vice President Brad Gettinger) absent from the meeting, we felt the best way to handle it was to table it, have some discussion and bring it back off the table.”

A discussion took place about the 2017-2018 School Calendar and how it relates to the Great Darke County Fair. The upcoming fair dates are August 18 to August 26. Two calendars were presented: one starting school a week before the fair, and the other starting the Monday after the fair. Principals were there to weigh in on the conversation.

Board Member David Madden questioned why the students would get a whole week off for the fair. Superintendent Doug Fries explained it was due to the amount of kids in the fair programs. He said someone from the administration should reach out to the fair and ask for the schedule of events.

“The kids don’t participate the entire week,” Madden said. “I am not opposed, but before I make a decision, I would like some feedback from the administration. We need to weigh the pros and cons and look at the data.”

“We need to use common sense,” Fries said. “Different people will have different questions and concerns – I don’t care either way which calendar is chosen.”

Board Member Fred Matix said the fair is what everyone talks about and plans their vacations around.

“I’ve often said, ‘if the fair wasn’t until October, we wouldn’t start school until October’,” he said. “It’s just a norm, here, in Darke County. There will be conflicts any way we go.”

Some matters approved by the board include: about $11,000 in community donations; donations of used playground equipment to the city in “as is” condition; a change order with Brumbaugh Construction for the high school renovation project at the cost of $44,257, for a new concrete handicap ramp; proposed work from Ohio Valley Integration Services, Inc. to upgrade the fire alarm and security system devices in the Career Tech building to connect to the existing high school at $5,875; the purchase of a MX-M654N copy machine from Loudy’s Office Supply for $10,069; a purchase of 600 iPads for grades four – six at $74,462.21 annually for the next three years; eSpark Personalized iPad Curriculum, Professional Learning Services and Technical Support for grades K-six at $126,100; the purchase of iOS Apps for $13,440 from Apple, Inc., the use of Greenville City Schools by the Darke County Chapter of the American Red Cross, in the event of the need for emergency shelter during a disaster; and a contract renewal with Same Goal, Inc. for the IEP Anywhere Software for the 2017-2018 school year at $3,889.50.

In other news, Supt. Fries highlighted the following: Greenville Middle High Band and Band Director Brian McKibben for their selection to perform during the Ohio Music Education Association Conference, in Cleveland; and Isabella Gable for being named Great Western Ohio Conference Swimmer of the Year for the American North Division.

Fries gave a moment of silence to former Greenville Elementary School Intervention Specialist Tammy Fisher.

“She has made an impact on the lives of many students,” Fries said. “We would like to take a moment of silence in her honor as she lost her unbelievable fight against cancer, just last week. We recognize her for commitment and an outstanding teaching career.”

In other news, GSD Treasurer Carla Surber said proceeds of the first auction at East School were $46,123 with more than 1,100 lots sold that day.

During public participation, Career Technology-Supply Chain Management Teacher Dara Buchy invited the school board to the third annual “A Night in Hollywood”. The March 4 event is a fund raiser for Special Olympics and spotlights Special Olympians and their artistic talents.

A discussion took place about the 2017-2018 school calendar and how it relates to the Great Darke County Fair.

By Carolyn Harmon

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