The KMS Robotics team opened the meeting during the student showcase. The team that consisted of Noah Ketcham, Theo Jesinowski, and Zach Heintz competed at the Vex Robotics state championship contest in columbus after qualifying in competitions earlier in the year. The students used vital problem solving, computer programming, and construction skills to create a robot that was able to stack cones.
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Two educators presented on their design team grants. First, Kim Gerding, who is a first grade teacher at Kenton Elementary School, created a science day for the grade. The effort was to increase Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) education early in the elementary school.
Christina Cross, who teaches legal studies, American Government, and advises the Wildcat Community Connectors program at Kenton High School presented on her “Wildcat Career Closet.” The lending closet came as Cross recognized a need for professional wardrobe to be made available to students for job interviews, college visits, and other extracurricular activities requiring professional attire. Due to the obvious expense of the clothes and a limited grant budget, Cross noted that she has broken the project into phases. Cross said she modeled the program after the University of Florida, which has the “Gator Closet.” Cross said that as of now, a space has been secured and several shirts have been purchased. The next phase will be to host a professional wardrobe drive to assist in filling the closet with young men’s and ladies dress clothing.
In public participation, Craig Kupferberg, a candidate for Ohio’s first Senate District told the board he is running for the students. He was an educator for over 30 years and claims that the state department of education is driving young educators out of the field, and making it more challenging for educators to help students.
In a superintendent's report, Jennifer Penczarski noted several items. The Leader in me program has been in place for two years, and is functioning very well. She also noted that the district will be introducing an innovation class for grades 4-6. Furthering with STEM education, Camp Invention, which is a weeklong camp where students utilize critical thinking skills, will be coming to the district. A summer two week computer programming course will be coming to the district over the summer. It was also mentioned that KES has an opportunity to be one of the first building in the state to host an event known as the day of innovation.
Penczarski also noted that the first alumni hall of fame class was inducted. The two individuals being inducted to this class are Lieutenant General John Michael Murray and Doctor William Allen Wince. More on the inductees is expected at a later date.
Turing to some policy talk, the policy committee has drafted a random student drug testing policy which has been turned over to the school’s legal counsel. A decision on that policy is expected at the next meeting. Mark Watkins asked that the policy be made present to the public. Penczarski concurred, and said it would be available on the district's website. Penczarski said it was important to note that they are layering several efforts to maximize the students they are reaching. They are expanding Mental Health treatment opportunities in the district as well as implementing a school resource officer in collaboration with the city. That officer will serve as student protection, as well as assisting with drug prevention initiatives. The district is also going to be working with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office to implement the DARE Program, as well as with OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital to further implement drug prevention opportunities.
City Councilman Clint Sneary was attending the meeting and made note that the city would have to compensate this officer for the 13 weeks of summer break. He also said that the City Council takes this notion very seriously.
Board Members Mark Watkins and Doug Carmean spoke on behalf of the Finance and Facilities committees, and made note of several structural repairs that needed to be acted on within the district.
Samuel Albert was the spokesperson for the Extracurricular committee. He said that they are evaluating floors and lines for the new athletic building project. He also mentioned that the athletic department will be hosting a fundraiser on May 12th to help with that initiative. Albert also noted that the Reverse raffle will be held on April 7th.
Shena Striker spoke on behalf of the Career Center Committee and noted that they are Interviewing for the advanced manufacturing program at the Northwood Satellite location.
In personnel items, the board approved the resignations of various positions from Alicia Risner, Amanda Conkle, Dylan Hunsicker, Christina Dick, and Ryan Miller
Two retirement resignations were accepted. Lynn Dickerson, who clocked 39 years with the district, and Randy Phillips, who has 10 years with the district will be retiring at the end of the school year.
Samuel Albert, Shannon Allmon, Sue Bailey, Deb Bartlett, Brandi Baughman, Jane Bridenstine, Jared Bridenstine, Jennifer Fleming, Jeff Good, Brian Grindell, Pamela Hughes, Marcella Jennings, Matt Jennings, Heather Kaiser, Amanda Kalb, Brandi Kemmere, Matthew Ketcham, Shiela Legge, Gene Longbrake, Kimberly Lowe, Veronica Mod, Tom Mustain, Christa Rarey, Nicole Rish, Ranae Sherman, Theron Stout, Anne Temple, Andrew Thompson, Melissa Tracy, Shane Turner, and Heather Wedertz were approved as volunteers.
Amanda Conkel was approved as Substitute cafeteria, William Legge II as a Substitute bus driver, Dylan Hunsicker as a Substitute educational assistant and substitute teacher
Under authorizations and resolutions, several new board policies were updated. Those will be available on the school’s website soon.
The board appointed Tracy Hiller as the Board’s Public Records Law Designee on behalf of the Kenton City Schools board members.
A proposal from Health Partner of Western Ohio for Behavioral Health Services in the amount of $60,026.00 was approved
They proposal from 5-C Roofing Professionals, Inc. to re-roof lower cafeteria areas at Kenton Middle School in the amount of $68,709.00.
The board then moved into executive session to discuss personnel, where no action would be taken.
The next regular Board of Education meeting will be held on April 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.