Bay Board of Education: May 17 meeting overview

The Bay Village Board of Education met for its regular Board meeting on Monday, May 17, at Bay Middle School with the following members in attendance: Beth Lally, Scott Schulz, Vice President Dave Vegh, and Paul Vincent. Board President Lisa Priemer was not in attendance. The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m.

Public comments: Some parents asked the Board to identify a timeline for lifting the wearing of face masks and the dismantling of the plexiglass units around students’ desks. 

Recognition of retirements: Several staff retirements were celebrated. Those thanked for their service to Bay Schools included: Anne Budzik, middle school teacher; Mary Jeanne Farmer, Westerly secretary; Deborah Farver, Westerly aide; Lorraine Krauss, Glenview; Martha Patton, Assistant Superintendent Special Services; and Lynne Tijanich, Westerly teacher.

Recognition of 25 years of service: Westerly aide, Debra Kerver; Westerly teacher, Dawn Robinson; and Michelle Walsh, St. Raphael secretary were lauded for their contributions to the District.

Curriculum: Director of Teaching and Learning Char Shryock noted the "One School, One Book" program at Normandy. She reported that state testing went well, and the Rocket Family Summer webpage is now live. Prepory will be conducting a Summer College Bootcamp for the Class of '22. Additionally, ESSER II and ESSER III funds will be used to help close the learning gaps caused by the pandemic. The Care Coordinator position and, possibly, a Literacy Coordinator will also be funded from this source. The District website is underway, and Chromebooks have been ordered.

Facial coverings: Superintendent Jodie Hausmann said that the target date to decide COVID protocols for the 2021-22 school year is the end of July. The District is waiting for more information from the State of Ohio before this decision can be made. Superintendent Hausmann acknowledged the frustration of the past year and thanked parents, staff and students for their patience. At the time of the meeting, although the rate of infection in Bay Village was very low, the numbers in Cuyahoga County were still high.

Consent Items: Several items were presented to the Board for approval. They included the minutes for the April meeting; certified and classified personnel salary changes; donations from Bay Rockets Association for Home of the Rockets, individual donations for STEM Academy and an individual donation of a workbench for Glenview Center. Also, a request for approval was submitted by the Bay Band for an overnight trip to Orlando, Florida, in April 2022. Technology needs include a request for a contract with Repair Care Plus to cover technology support for K-12 Chromebooks; a three-year contract with Public School Works; and the renewal of a contract with Connect ITC. All of the requests were approved by the Board.

Superintendent Update: Superintendent Hausmann had nothing further to add.

Treasurer Update: Treasurer Meghan Rohde asked that the Board approve financial reports for March and April 2021 which it did. 

The Treasurer provided a detailed five-year forecast for fiscal years 2021-2025 that can be found on the Board website attached to the May 17 meeting agenda. At the time of the forecast, the State of Ohio funding formula for 2022-23 had not been voted into law. The forecast will be adjusted accordingly when that information becomes available. Federal stimulus funds are not included in the forecast. The Board adopted the changes made in May to the five-year forecast.

The Board approved funding for the renewal of the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Financial Assurance Fund.

The next regular Board meeting is Monday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.

Jane Blackie

After retiring from teaching English at Lakewood High School, I now write, cook and cycle as well as teach writing at TriC. My husband, Bill, and I have lived in Bay Village for 24 years.

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