MAGNOLIA -- During the regular meeting of the board of education, held Dec. 10, Superintendent David Janofa and others had a lot to say about the caring community spirit in the Sandy Valley area.
Janofa recognized the staff and students across the district who have been participating in numerous fund, clothing, food and holiday gift drives to assist local families in need.
"We continually demonstrate why Sandy Valley is such a special place," said Janofa. "I am so proud of all the people and their efforts."
It was reported that Heart Association Week was held and $900 was raised from collecting pennies and selling T-shirts at the middle/high school. Funds will be divided between giving to the American Heart Association and giving to local families.
Vic Johnson had a similar fund-raiser at the elementary and $2,200 was raised by having a contest between the boys and girls at the school. Johnson said he could not say enough about the caring attitude of the community with this fund-raiser, as well as benefit planned for Walker Gonzalez, a student at the school who was diagnosed with dialated cardiomiopathy when he suffered a stroke in October. A very lengthy hospital stay is expected for the youngster, so families have organized a fund-raiser at Tozzi's on 12th on Saturday, Dec. 15.
"This community is just awesome," said Johnson. "I have never seen anything like what we have here in the Sandy Valley area."
During the meeting, board member Dennis Corsi and superintendent Janofa also expressed their sympathy to board member Scot Bowman's family upon the loss of Scot's mother.
A report on the results of the bullying prevention program in the district was given. Board members heard that there have been no bullying incidents in the elementary, while the middle/high school has reported 37 incidents, with 46 aggressors or bullies. However, board members were told this should not be alarmed at the report, since studies show that once an organization begins to embrace the concepts involved in the Owleus program, the reported incidents rise. This could be due to school staff being able to establish with the students what bullying is, so that they may be identified. Since only two student have been involved in repeated incidents of bullying it shows the effectiveness of the program.
In other business, the board:
• RECEIVED notification from Batelle for Kids that Sandy Valley Middle School was been identified as achieving a high growth in student achievement during the 2011-12 school year, and has the distinction of being in the top two percent of high achieving buildings in the state;
• HEARD from the municipal advisor that is helping with the refunding the district bonds and Sandy Valley had improved its financial management assessment from average to good, and the district has received an A-plus rating;
• APPROVED the 2013-14 school calendar;
• APPROVED student fund-raisers as listed: bake sale and pie in the face for high school SADD group, candy cane sale for middle school Student Council; and candy bar sale for prom committee;
•ACCEPTED the semi-annual update of board policy changes;
• JOINED the Ohio School Board Association Legal Assistance Fund for the 2013 school year;
• APPROVED an emergency resolution to select Mays Consulting and Evaluation Services, Inc., as the consultant for the auditorium assessment;
• APPROVED an emergency resolution to select STAN Engineers as the consultant for HVAC deficiencies;
• APPROVED financial statements;
• APPOINTED a president pro tem for the January 2013 board of education organizational meeting;
• ENTERED into an executive session to consider the employment of a public official.
The next regular meeting of the board of education will be held Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, 6 p.m.