BRADFORD — The Bradford board of education held its monthly meeting on Wednesday. President Scott Swabb, D.O., was not in attendance. Vice President Maria Brewer conducted the meeting.
Student recognition was first. The elementary students that received awards were Richelle Geer and Kaylee Osborne. The middle school and high school students were Cailee Brown, Tristin Booker and Noah Mowery. Certificates were passed out by board member Carolyn Smith.
In the superintendent’s report, Ken Miller revealed the first recipient of the Staff Spotlight award. This award was developed to recognize those who go above and beyond as a Bradford employee, volunteer, or community member. The first award went to Holly Johnson. Johnson has been the elementary art teacher for eight years. Miller stated that Johnson is always willing to help out when needed and is always going above and beyond. He said that she demonstrated a remarkable act of kindness recently. The school has had a very dark period after the loss of fifth-grader Noah Helman. Johnson came in and framed his artwork and gave it to his family. Her kindness and love for Bradford’s students doesn’t go unnoticed.
Other nominees that were submitted by peers were: Tina Schmitz, Jenny Moore, Rob Grilliot, Tracy Trogdlon, Patrick McKee and Stacey Garner.
Miller submitted two drafts of next year’s school calendar. He said that the committee of himself, Amber Brubaker, Angie Wendel, Laura Sneed, Ruth Estes, Sharon Moore, Karen Gehret, Tracy Mueller, and Dawnna Cronn has worked many hours on the 2016-17 calendar. The board voted on approval of Calendar B.
Mayor Don Stump and Project Manager Brian May, PE of Access Engineering Solutions, asked the board for approval to run new ducts on school property (at the school’s cost) which will tie in with Grandview Drive as they connect with the village sewage and water lines. It was stated the school was to originally run these lines, but decided to wait until it was needed. Stump and Brewer said that for as long as they have held council and board seats that was always the agreement. Brewer would like to see if there is written documentation. Stump said he would look into it. Smith wanted to know if the school could pay in payments or if it had to be one lump sum. No action was taken.
Elementary principal Tracy Trogdlon wanted to congratulate Logan Daugherty and Maci Hauschild for their participation in the Spelling Bowl. She also said that the kindergarten’s Antique Roadshow on Jan. 22 was a great success. Trogdlon also stated that she was amazed how the community and teachers pulled together after the loss of Helman.
Athletic Director John McGiffin updated the board on process of reworking bus schedules. They are down to two substitute drivers and he hopes to hire two more for back up. McGiffin is also in the process of hiring a new football coach. He said that there are eight or nine applicants and they hope to start interviews soon. McGiffin wants to be sure all applicants meet all the requirements before submitting their names to the board.
The superintendent invites everyone to “Past and Present Brought to Life.” Mrs. Brubaker’s English classes are putting on brief presentations of what they discovered about the years between 1930 through 1980, current global issues and classic American authors. This will take place at 4:45 p.m. Friday, March 18. Students will be dressed in period costumes as they share their information.
The Lion’s Club will host their Pancake and Sausage Day from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. Profits fund a Bradford senior scholarship.
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