The Green Local Board of Education approved its strategic plan for the years 2021-2024.
DISCUSSION: One of the first steps in implementing the new strategic plan, which is now posted on the district’s website, green-local.k12.oh.us, will be forming two administrative committees — a business and finance committee and a family and community engagement committee. Applications for committee participation are available on the website. Seeking involvement of people with specific areas of expertise “can only make us better,” said Superintendent Dean Frank.
The other three areas of the plan, which hopes to promote working together and communicating among school and community members, are academics, leadership and culture; student life; and facilities and safety.
OTHER DISCUSSION: Frank updated the board about a proposed land transfer from Green Local Schools to Wooster City Schools. The city of Wooster purchased a 140-acre tract of land owned by Five-L Farms Inc. The property is split between the two districts, with 74.5 acres located in the Green district and the remainder in the Wooster district. The city would like to annex the Green portion of the acreage, a request opposed by Green Local Schools because of lost revenue for the district, he said. The Green district is holding conversations with city personnel, and any resolution “would have to be beneficial to the taxpayers of our community,” Frank said. If a resolution cannot be reached between the two parties, the matter will be referred to the Ohio Department of Education for a hearing.
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1.The greenhouse capital improvements project is moving ahead. The footers have been poured, Frank said on Nov. 24, and electrical work will be run from the warehouse. Plumbing is also on the agenda for this week.
2. Frank thanked supporters for the passage of the 5.7-mill emergency operating levy renewal, which was approved by a margin of 54.9% to 45.1%.
3. The board heard reports from board members who attended virtual sessions of the Ohio School Boards Association’s annual conference. Sessions will be available online for OSBA members through the end of the year.
4. Green’s OHuddle site coordinator Lindsay Blough updated the board on how the countywide mentorship program is thriving in the district. She told the board there are currently 43 Green Local student participants, some of some of whom are being served at the Wayne County Schools Career Center. Blough said 24 mentors are dedicated to Green Local, with additional mentors volunteering at the Career Center. Countywide, there are 445 students being served and 277 mentors.
“We continue to receive student nominations and pair them with mentors,” Blough said. “Even with COVID restrictions, we are able to impact students with letters (and) care packages from their mentors, Google meet/ zoom calls with their mentors when in-person mentorship isn’t possible and food (and)meal deliveries.”
UP NEXT: Regular session of the board, Dec. 21, 7 a.m., Wilbur Berkey Fieldhouse. It will be live-streamed through a link on the district’s website.