This is a first draft of our meeting minutes from the April meeting. They’ve not yet been approved for the “official” record.
The meeting was called to order at 7:09 pm. There were 8 in attendance.
Secretary’s Report: Melanie Smith
Minutes of the March 6 meeting were presented. Casey Wright moved to accept the minutes as written. Karen Gedeon seconded. The motion carried.
Principal’s Report: Casey Wright
There are a lot of things going on around the school at this time of the year:
- Those being recognized by the Superintendent’s Award were notified this week. The award is for students with a 3.8 GPA and above for 7 semesters of the high school years. Each student names the staff member who most impacted their academic career. The award has a big impact on our staff.
- A student leadership conference is scheduled the weekend of the 18th.
- Juniors will go to Camp Y-Noah for the high ropes course and leadership activities. About 200 students participate.
- Lots of things coming up soon: AP Testing, Prom, Senior Awards Night, Underclassmen Awards Night, and all of the dinners – Band, TI, Etc.
- Senior Internships begin May 3. May 23rd is the official last day, when the seniors present to senior teachers. We have 150 kids participating this year. The most ever.
- The week of prom we will make a concerted effort to educate and inform our student body, particularly seniors about the dangers of drinking and driving.
- Monday, May 3: The sheriff’s department will reenact a drunk driving accident. This will not be your typical “here’s a crashed car” reenactment. We will have student actors, will employ the Jaws of Life to cut a “victim” out of a crashed car, and a helicopter here to simulate a life flight.
- The Grim Reaper: To illustrate that someone dies every 45minutes from a drunk driving accident, we’ll have a “grim reaper” that will walk into classrooms and “tag” a student, who will then stand up and share some information and statistics about drunk driving, and will wear that tag all day.
- Members of our law enforcement and legal community will be here to conduct a mock trial of the accident the kids witnessed earlier in the week.
- All of the major news outlets have been notified of this effort and will be here.
- They’re making a movie out of it to share with all of the schools in Summit County.
- Last Monday our community’s first responders conducted active shooter drills here. We learned from this exercise. This Monday, we met with them to debrief and to learn about additional safety measures we can take to ensure that our school is as safe as it can be. Both Mr. Tanner and Police Chief Golden are now A.L.i.C.E. training certified and can now teach others what to do when an intruder threatens. They’ll teach our teachers first and then our high school students.
- Next year, after the training, we’ll practice and learn about three types of lock down:
- In the morning, barricade.
- During period change, evacuate or barricade.
- Lunch time, evacuate or flight.
- Afternoon, do the whole thing.
- Next year, after the training, we’ll practice and learn about three types of lock down:
- There are more things being done behind the scenes to make the school more safe that won’t be made public to potential intruders.
- We then discussed academic awards. Presently, the N award and the P award are based on three quarters of academic achievement. Could we think of a way to make that four? A student could have a bad first quarter, but a stellar fourth quarter and not be recognized for this improvement. It was suggested that those students could be recognized by a letter from the principal at the end of the school year or in the fall. Casey said it was a good idea and that he and his team would look into it.
- The Principal’s Award of Excellence. This is a new award designed to recognize kids who do extraordinary things outside of the school. What kind of things? Maybe they win a national equestrian award, or they rescue a boy from drowning, or they get a perfect score on their ACT, etc. These students will receive a written letter from Casey and white varsity letter with the word “excellence” embroidered on it.
Treasurer’s Report: Karen Gedeon
No new items posted. Our balance is $7770.91 with an additional $150 in petty cash.
Council Report: Mary Kotnik and Pam Letterle
- Installation dinner is scheduled for May 1. Doors will open at 5:30. Dinner at 6:00. Program at 6:30.
- Invitations will be sent out electronically to each delegate to forward as appropriate. Traditionally, each unit invites this year’s officers, next year’s officers, award winners and guests.
- Council pays for 4 council positions, school board, and superintendent. The cost is $15 per person.
- The theme is “Inspiring Students to Value Learning, Community and Excellence.”
- RSVP by April 24.
- Slate of Council Officers for next year:
- President, Pam Letterle
- Vice President, Stacy Lacey
- Treasurer, Tracy Strong
- Secretary, Jean Bond
- Mrs. Tylicki is being recognized with the Ohio PTA’s Educator of the Year Award in Columbus. Council voted to pay one night hotel accommodations for her and her husband for this special recognition.
- Dr. Clark presented information about the new local report cards from the Ohio Department of Education. A good resource for more information is www.PARCC.org.
Membership: Karen Gedeon
No new memberships.
The last book club meeting is scheduled for next Thursday, April 18 at 7 o’clock, discussing chapters 13,15,16,19 and 21. But Karen can’t lead it, so it may be cancelled. So far, no one has RSVP’d that they’re coming
At previous meetings, we discussed the possibility of a student holding board positions which handled money. Anne contacted the Ohio PTA and read an e-mail that Jeri Gookin sent, commending us for considering a student board member, and confirming that a student can hold any board position except treasurer. Here’s the text of that e-mail:
From: Jeri Gookin [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 09, 2013 12:31 PM
To: Bruno,Anne F
Cc: Sue Owen; Gloria cazan; Lisa Weaver
Subject: Re: PTSA guidelines for student officers
It was a pleasure speaking with you this morning.
First, I would like to commend your PTSA for including students in your unit and also for considering them for a job on the Board. I like that you “put your money where your mouth is”.
A student can hold any job, even those that handle money on the board except treasurer. They will be covered on your Bonding Insurance which is required for you to have. Students should handle money the same way that parents do. Two people count the money and sign off on it. It is recommended that you receive payments in check form, but if someone pays in cash, a 2 part receipt should be given. All monies are then turned over to the treasurer, who also counts the money, then deposits it in the PTSA’s bank account.
Again, I applaud you for considering entrusting a position on your board to a student.
Jeri Gookin, Ohio PTA, Administrative Director
Discussion followed about the risk and reward of entrusting a student to a position with some financial responsibility. It was pointed out that we have good controls in place that would make malfeasance unlikely. It was agreed that providing our students with this opportunity for real world experience was important and valuable.
It was also pointed out that we may have different criteria from our bonding insurer, and that allowing a minor to handle money may open us up to liability. Mary Kotnik said that she would contact our bonding insurer, Sindelar, to clarify.
A slate of officers was presented for next year
President, Karen Gedeon
Vice President, Vacant
Secretary, Paige Knapp
Treasurer, Cindy Chaffee
Membership, Catherine Bruno
PTA Council Representative, Vacant
Student VP, Vacant
Casey moved to accept the slate and Melanie seconded. The motion carried.
Ohio PTA Achievement Award Nominees
Nominations were read for Casey Wright and Denise Armstrong. Casey attempted to remove himself from the nominees, but was denied. Voting followed, resulting in a 4 to 4 tie.
Staff Appreciation Week: May 6 – 10
We have a $200 budget.
- Monday, Cupcakes by Catherine (sounds like a trendy cupcake shop!)
- Tuesday, Note day. Melanie and Micheala will put these together.
- Wednesday, Lunch. Hoping a chiropractor will provide. Casey’s working on it.
- Thursday, Water bottle day. Bottle of water with a drink mix and a tag.
- Friday, Breakfast. Mary offered to make a fruit salad. Casey suggested to contact Panera.
We’ll work on the details.
The deadline for applications was today. We received one from Ms. Christie, asking for help sending students to the TI State Youth conference at Capital University. Nordonia would like to send 15 students. Tuition is $225 per student. Karen Gedeon motioned that we provide tuition for two students, $450. Seconded (and thirded) by Catherine and Michaela Bruno. The motion carried.
Awards Night, May 8 and 15
PTA hosts the refreshment table. More to follow.
To clarify, we support Winter Festival 100% and want this great community event to continue. We’re also committed to the tradition of Santa Breakfast. With our small number, we can’t coordinate both with excellence. We would like to see a Winter Festival Committee form, so the overall coordination of the event won’t fall on one unit. With this year’s event, we estimate that four of us from the high school committed 150 volunteer hours to the effort. It was intended to be a money making event, but we ended up in the hole. We learned a lot from this year’s event, and we’re certain that next year will be even better. We just need to ensure that the work is evenly carried for the second annual event.
Will be held in the new school year!
The meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm.