BG schools leader: Community wants new high school

There are three weeks until the vote on the new Bowling Green High School is finalized, and the board of education vice chair is hoping the community will vote on the merits of the project.

At Tuesday’s board meeting, Ryan Myers said that the proposed project “is a true representation and recommendation of the community.”

Earlier this year, the board voted to place a $49 million bond issue and 0.5% income tax on the ballot; the two issues would collect $70 million over 30 years for the high school project.

Myers discussed the process by which the measure was arrived at, including the formation of the 80-member facilities advisory committee. He said that 82% of the committee said the high school was the highest priority, and that 95% said to build a new high school for grades 9-12. The board voted to move forward with the bond issue in June.

“While the board is not at all engaged in any campaigning for the bond issue, the board has been committed to listening to the community in relation to any building project,” Myers said. “This project is exactly what was recommended to us from the community, and we have listened.”

Also at the meeting, the board:

• Heard an update about busing from Superintendent Francis Scruci. He said that six potential drivers were in class all last week and have “been doing a lot of work at Bishop Road with our on-board trainers, and that’s been on a daily basis.” He said that, if the situation continues as it currently is, he is fairly certain that by the beginning of January drivers will return to a 1-mile route, as opposed to the current 2-mile route.

• Heard a presentation about the BG Bobcat basics and Care Portal programs, designed to assist students and families in need. Later in the meeting, board member Ginny Stewart said that she had recently met with Tabitha Hiler-Young, food service director, who told her that there is a rapidly-growing negative balance in the district’s school lunch assistance program. She said that many families are unable to pay for their children’s lunches.

“We always feed our kids, they don’t go hungry,” Stewart said.

However she said that the current negative balance stands at approximately $1,000. She said that if anyone would like to donate to bring that balance down, checks may be mailed to the attention of Hiler-Young.

“I just cannot emphasize the need in our schools,” Stewart said.

• Heard a presentation from the Dear Santa Society, which assists families in need during the Christmas season. The group may be contacted at P.O. Box 513, Bowling Green, OH 43402, or [email protected]

• Approved contracts for a series of coaching and athletic-related positions for the 2022-23 school year. Supplemental contracts were approved for Kayleigh Evans, ninth-grade girls basketball coach, $3,500, contingent upon completion of all training requirements, background checks and receipt of a valid Pupil Activity Permit; Athletic Supervisor Hans Glandorff, $1,600 each for winter and spring; Kenneth Hale, high school wrestling head coach, $6,560; Joanna Kosakowski, assistant high school swimming coach, $1,500; Carolyn Layne, assistant high school swimming coach, $3,072; Joseph Nauman, assistant high school wrestling coach, $4,174; Mason Roth, high school boys basketball head coach, $8,150. Student activity contracts were approved for John Bateson, high school girls basketball assistant coach, $4,500; Joseph Beagle, seventh-grade girls basketball coach, $3,479, contingent upon completion of all training requirements, background checks and receipt of a valid Pupil Activity Permit; Armando Calderon, high school boys bowling and girls bowling head coach, $1,689 for each; Daniel Deiter, assistant high school wrestling coach, $4,572, contingent upon completion of all training requirements, background checks and receipt of a valid Pupil Activity Permit; Tanner Fausnaugh, assistant high school hockey coach, $2,500; Michael Furnas, assistant high school boys basketball coach, $1,921; Taya Graham, ninth grade cheerleading coach, winter, $1,043.50; Jarvis Hines, ninth grade boys basketball coach, $2,400; David Hoehner, eighth-grade boys basketball coach, $3,479; Kristine King, eighth grade girls basketball coach, $3,479; Gary Layne, high school swimming head coach, $6,560; Joseph Moore, assistant high school hockey coach, $3,305; Adam Newcomer, assistant high school boys basketball coach, $1,921; Jadon Nichols, assistant high school boys basketball coach, $3,100; Taylor Raszka, weight room supervisor, $1,689 each for winter and spring; Robert Rath, middle school wrestling coach, $3,479; Connor Rogowski, high school hockey head coach, $6,560; Cody Schmidt, seventh grade boys basketball coach, $3,479; Jacob Vanneman, high school girls basketball head coach, $7,100; Jamie Webb, assistant high school hockey head coach, $2,800, contingent upon completion of all training requirements, background checks and receipt of valid Pupil Activity Permit; Madelyn Zuhlsdorf, ninth-grade cheerleading coach, winter, $1,043.50, contingent upon completion of all training requirements, background checks and receipt of valid Pupil Activity Permit.

• Went into executive session for the purpose of the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of a public employee or official, or the investigation of charges or complaints against a public employee, official, licensee, or regulated individual, unless the public employee, official, licensee or regulated individual requests a public hearing. No action was expected.