Green Local Schools Board of Education
Monday, Sept. 27, meeting
KEY ACTION Superintendent Dean Frank updated the board on the absence rates, comparing them to past years. The board approved the purchase of the bus garage that the district has leased since the 1980s.
DISCUSSION After leasing the bus garage from the Keith family since the 1980s, the Green Local board approved the purchase of the garage and will name it after the mechanic, J.W. Keith, who worked for the district for more than 20 years.
Keith built the garage in 1962 across from his house, Frank said, and worked with the district until he retired in 1978. He died a year later in 1979, but his wife, Ellen, allowed the school to lease the garage for several decades.
Ellen Keith recently died, but before she did, Frank said she worked out the details with the district so it could purchase the garage. She was excited to hear it would be named after her late husband, he said.
“J.W. and the Keith family had been great supporters of Green Local schools,” Frank said. “… We’re certainly happy to have purchased the property keep that property as a bus garage.”
Other discussion: Absentee rate at 7%-8%
As part of his superintendent’s report, Frank shared the overall attendance records across the district so the board could get a get a larger look at how many students are absent.
Roughly 7%-8% of students have been absent in recent weeks, which is slightly higher than year’s past when absentee rates were roughly 4%-5%, Frank said. Although the absent rates have gone down in recent weeks, hitting as high as 15% on Sept. 3, averaging about 12% for the whole week.
While Frank said the district is “trending in the right direction,” the board is continuing to watch the numbers very closely in case any steps have to be taken moving forward.
FOR YOUR INFO
- The board approved a land transfer from Green Local Schools to Wooster City Schools, which Frank said is near the border of the Wooster City School District and within city limits.
- The Smithville Art Club, run by high and middle school art teacher Jennifer Winkler, shared a presentation regarding some of the things they have done in the community.
- Three overnight trips were approved – the FFA trip to Indianapolis for the National FFA Convention, sixth grade trip to the outdoor learning center called Camp Nuhop and the boys basketball team for scrimmages against other schools.
UP NEXT The next board meeting is 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Wilbur Berkey Fieldhouse.
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