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Sandy Valley BOE gets bullying report

By WALTER DOERSCHUK The Press-News Published: February 3, 2017 10:00 AM

MAGNOLIA-- Sandy Valley Local Schools superintendent David Fischer during the district's Jan. 23 board of education meeting delivered a semi-annual bullying report.

Fischer said no incidents of bullying were reported during the first semester in grades K-5 and five cases were reported in grades 6-12.

The report, which is required by the Ohio Revised Code, said the reported cases "were investigated and pursued according to school disciplinary procedures.

Fischer also cautioned during the meeting that even though someone may report a bullying case, it isn't always verifiable.

Treasurer Craig McKendry said he recently met with representatives from the Bank of Magnolia regarding some investments the district could make.

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He said after another finance committee meeting, an item could be on the board's February agenda to make a move forward on some investments.

McKendry also added results of the district's audit were clean. The audit was closed on Jan. 19.

Elementary principal Vic Johnson said fall AIR testing results were received, and scores were similar to last year. He said a third of the students have met the AIR test requirements.

In operations, board members heard from transportation coordinator Doug Neading that new bleachers are set to be installed at the high school baseball and softball fields. A press box will be constructed on the visitor's side of the football stadium.

School officials have also worked with the PTO on adding drainage to the playground. Neading said officials are also working on determining what concrete areas need repaired for a summer project.

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In other business, board members:

APPROVED a supplemental contract for new volleyball coach Keith Whitaker;

HEARD a report on testing for led in the school's water will be delivered at the next board meeting;

HEARD all third grade students received dictionaries courtesy of the Canton South and Sandy Valley rotary clubs;

HEARD astronomy and meteorology courses will be offered next year at the high school level;

HEARD Jim Knight from the Stark County Prosecutor Attorney's office will visit the middle school on Jan. 30 and 31 to discuss cyber bullying;

APPROVED the 2017-2018 school calendar;

ISSUED a one-year contract to Daniel O'Callaghan as a part-time high school language arts teacher for the remainder of the school year;

ACCEPTED the resignation of Zach Gardner as a CBI at the end of the school year.


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