Students Address BOE

ST. MARYS — After the failure of Tuesday’s attempt to pass a levy that would bring the St. Marys City School District much needed funding, board members convened  to discuss the effects of the cuts that will now be instituted as a result during Wednesday night’s regular meeting.

The audience was filled with more students than normally attend board meetings, and a lot of them addressed the board.

Students Tyler Rose, Steven Axe and Matthew Alexander all got up to speak during the public comment session on behalf of the Finance and Marketing program, DECA.

“I know it’s tough and everybody’s being affected in here,” Rose said. “(But) DECA has taught me so many life skills that I can’t even begin to talk to you guys about them. I mean, it’s the reason I can sit up here and talk in front of all these people, and all of you guys right now. It’s the reason that anybody in our class can go through a job interview without any problem.”

He emphasized the community involvement DECA provides, including Goodfellows.

Axe stressed the invaluable job skills DECA has given him, and Alexander said DECA has affected him so much it made him change his career path to business.

FFA adviser Jack McBride also addressed the board during the meeting.

“I just want to take this opportunity to thank this board, the administration, and the previous boards and previous administrations in affording me the excellent opportunity to teach in our great school system for the past 31 years,” McBride said. “It has been a great time for me. I’ve had many students students come through, whether it be in ag, physical science, general science, environmental science, whatever class I was teaching, and I just wanted to publicly thank the board for allowing me to do that.”

President Lisa Tobin thanked the levy committee co-chairs and everyone who put forth efforts to pass it.

“I just would like to thank Lisa Howe and Kris Keller, the staff, our businesses in our community, and our levy committee, all the parents (who) supported all of this,” Tobin said. “I would like to thank you for all your hard work, and I’m sorry (for) the outcome that came out last night.”

As she went through the list of district employees and board members, asking if anyone had anything else to add, all answered no. Tobin advised board members to check their calendars for a time to discuss the implementation of all the budget cuts which will soon become a reality for the district.

The board approved one small project during the meeting — the construction of casework cubbies for eight classrooms in the primary school by Midwest Commercial Millwork.

In other business,  members:

• Approved the 2013 graduation list.

• Approved the continuation of the district’s membership in the West Central Ohio Assistive Technology Center Consortium.

• Raised the stipend for food service personnel from $135 to $275, for which the money will be taken from the Lunchroom Fund.