DEER PARK, OHIO, COMMUNITY CITY SCHOOLS DISTRICT, BOARD OF EDUCATION, HOLDS A PUBLIC MEETING

MERRY CHRISTMAS      FELIZ NAVIDAD     JESHI OF BETHLEHEM

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION/ SCHOOLS GET COMPLAINT(S)/ VIOLATIONS FOR HAVING BLOCKED ENTRANCES AND NON-FUNCTIONING FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS AT HIGH SCHOOL FOR WEEKS

STATE FIRE MARSHAL DOES ON SITE INSPECTION AT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING, FINDS MULTIPLE VIOLATIONS, MAKES WRITTEN SUGGESTIONS FOR PROMPT CORRECTIVE ACTIONS NEEDED AND IMMEDIATE COMPLIANCE FOR SAFETY OF ALL INVOLVED AT THIS VENUE

 

BOARD MEMBER-ELECT HUSTER SALUTATES “CRIP” CITIZEN JOURNALIST; SUPE JEFFY, BOARD, AND “CHRISSY HAS A HISSY” GO “GAH-GAH”  OVER VOTER OUSTED SCHOOL BOARD PREZ DONNA WANNA AT HER LAST PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AS BOARD MEMBER/ PREZ; SUPE JEFFY “RAMS THROUGH” A NO-BID CONTRACT TO UPGRADE HS FIRE SYSTEM; BOARD/ AUDIENCE  HEAR 10 MINUTE POWER POINT PRESENTATION BY STUDENTS/ STAFF ON BULLY PREVENTION AND AWARENESS; DONNA WANNA OBSESSES OVER HER LAST REQUESTED EXECUTIVE SESSION “FOR PERSONNEL;” BOARD LAUDS VETERAN, SPOUSE, AND STUDENT FOR THEIR RECENT VETERAN’S DAY OBSERVANCES AND STUDENT RECOGNITION FOR SAME; PEG IS ELECTED PRESIDENT, PRO TEMPORE, FOR BOARD’S 2016 ORGANIZATIONAL PUBLIC MEETING DURING A SEG; HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY AND GIRLS TENNIS TEAMS– COACHES AND PLAYERS HONORED

Deer Park, Ohio, Community City Schools District, Board of Education, 4131 Matson Avenue, Deer Park, Ohio, held a public meeting on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at 07:00 p. m.

It was held in The Meeting Room.

Partial Summary/ Personal Observation(s):

Dais Attendees:

Griswold; Kellums; Bosse; Farrell; Morrissey; Langdon; Marks

Citizen Journalist/ Web Blogger; Joseph (Janusiewicz)(“Jay”)Janus, Jr.; http://www.jjanusjr.wordpress.com; Link–“…Deer Park, Ohio, Dots…;”  Super Paralegal; Chief Disability Advocate; THE LEPER COLONY

Media: None.

Visitor(s):

“THE GANG”–A. M. Brookbank; K. W. Brookbank; K. Casey; C. Huster; D. Gergen; J. Phillips; S. Orso; T. Camp; C. Hedger; T. Kellums; S. Tudor; E. Beadle; Various interested citizenry…

 

(Farrell)

Call To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

(Griswold)

Statement of Purpose

(Farrell)

Approval of Meeting Agenda

Motion; Second; Vote: All: Aye.

Community Input–District resident Hedger orally praises Farrell for her public service.

(Langdon; Tudor)

District Recognitions and Donations

Veteran’s Day Ceremonies/ Honors–To Chuck Osborne and Mrs. Chuck Osborne; Student–Valerie Leland–Is/ was honored through V. F. W. Post Number 6979 for a multi county eligible award for her interest in Veteran’s; Mrs. Osborne commented that she is proud that not only did she finally get a Deer Park, Ohio, schools student to apply for this contest and award, but that that a student from Deer Park, Ohio, schools won it.

(Orso)

Cross Country Team–Coach speaks about this team, with some team members in attendance.

Girls Tennis Team–Coach speaks about this team; * There are no team members in attendance. This is expressed by this coach.

(* NOTE:  THEY look at the dais and when THEY start laughing, others chime in.  THE LEPER COLONY finds no humor in this issue.)

(Langdon)(Morrissey)

Orally laud Donna Rohdenberg Walker Farrell.

She is the current President of this Board of Education.

She was ousted by district voters in the 2015 Ohio Fall/ General Election in her quest to be re-elected for another four year term as board member.

(Langdon)

Announces a (taxpayer paid for) “comfort foods” event is now being allowed and held to honor all of these, herein, referenced above, individuals; It is prefaced by a photo-op.

It lasts, about, 12 minutes.

(Farrell)

Approval of Minutes–November 18, 2015–Motion; Second; Vote: All: Aye.

(Marks)

Treasurer’s Report–None.

Treasurer’s Recommendations

Authorization To Invest; Motion; Second: Vote:  All: Aye.

Appropriations Account Adjustment–Motion; Second; Vote: All: Aye.

OSBA Legal Assistance Fund Membership–This is for updates on statewide issues for legal assistance: It will cost district taxpayers about $250.00 (U. S. D.) a year; Motion; Second: Vote: All: Aye.

Reports of The Superintendent

(Langdon)

Bully Prevention and Awareness

(Langdon)(Orso)(Brian Anderson, Student)

A ten minute Power Point presentation is then given; Nick Vojic–a  Male/ White, with no arms or legs is part of this presentation as a speaker in the Power Point presentation.

Community Serve

Recent events have included “reads” at Amber Park, Deer Park, Ohio and a Holiday Food Drive; Two teachers are involved in this issue.

Superintendent’s Recommendations

(Langdon)

Overnight Field Trip–Choir–To New York City, New York; Motion; Second: Vote: All: Aye.

Personnel–Includes:

Supplemental Contract for Bowling–Motion; Second; Vote: All: Aye.

Volunteer For Wrestling–Motion; Second; Vote: All: Aye.

Superintendent’s Standing Committees

(Langdon)

Building and Grounds–Griswold; Kellums–Meets in January, 2016.

Communications–Farrell; Bosse–(Bosse)–Holiday concerts are coming up; Next Thursday will be the ribbon cutting for The Career Center at 06:00 p. m.

Curriculum and Instruction–Morrissey; Bosse–Nothing.

Finance Committee–Farrell; Kellums–(Farrell)–Nothing.

Great Oaks Vocational Report–Smith–Nothing.

OSBA Liaison–Griswold; Bosse–(Griswold)–The State of Ohio, Department of Education, has a new evaluation system for Charter Schools; Charter Schools will receive no grants until they have been vetted; There is a 8 member committee involved in the selection process of a new State of Ohio Schools Superintendent; The current person in this position will be retiring very soon.

 

(NOTE: An Addendum, Regular Board of Education Meeting, Wednesday, December 2, 2105)

Superintendent’s Report

(Langdon)

Communiserve Update–He provides a four minute discernment.

Superintendent’s Recommendations

Resolution of Urgent Necessity  (**Attachment)

(NOTE: ** No public copy of this document was made available to the public at this time or during any of the public meetings of this board of education on this date.)

Request

Approval of Urgent Necessity resolution for Deer Park, Ohio, Junior/ Senior High School Fire Alarm System Upgrade.

Commences an oral discernment aloud–***As we talked about this the last two weeks, for The Deer Park, Ohio, Junior High School and Senior High School Fire Alarm system….worked for months…”…taxed out…” the NEW system; No company presently makes the parts for the fire alarm system that we currently have here; Others will not make or provide parts that we would need due to and for issues concerning their liability.

(***NOTE:  This Board of Education and/ or Superintendent has never publicly at any public board of education meeting in the last 2-3 weeks, that I recall, has, specifically addressed, broached, mentioned, or even brought this specific major life safety issue up at any public meeting on the record at all, period!

However, a local television station did a recent news segment story upon it.

It has been mentioned  prior to this date and time to this citizen journalist/ web blogger, by anonymous citizenry, that this system has been out of order for quite some time and that a “call” went out to area citizenry to “volunteer” their time to perambulate, that means “hoof it”– through the corridors of The Deer Park, Ohio, Junior High School/ and Senior High School ala a “human being” personal fire alarm system for weeks–24/7.

I am in receipt of an undated/ unsigned communication that is purported to be from Langdon, Superintendent, that has been “distributed (?)” to Deer Park families and staff, which alludes to this issue and beckons for help referring to this quest as “..fire walks.”

Anyone that is interested, it goes on, is encouraged to contact DP JHS/ SHS Principal Orso, to participate in these “fire walks.”

It continues, to the effect, that these “fire walks” are to continue anytime that these buildings are occupied.

It is my understanding, from years of attending public district board of education meetings that, for years, already, there is normally  “human being(s)” approved previously, by the board of education, to be “on site,” for various school district related issues, functions, purposes, and needs.

As of this date and time, said citizen journalist/ web blogger has been unable to “on the record” confirm or deny these purportations of serious fire alarm malfunctioning systems within the corridors and building facilities in, around, upon, and within The Deer Park, Ohio, Community City Schools District–Junior High School and Senior High School complex Buildings.

I am in possession of copies of public records that are on file with The State of Ohio, Department of Commerce, Division of State Fire Marshal, Code Enforcement Division, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, that have been made available to me in reference to this issue at hand.

Apparently, person(s), unknown to me, at this time complained, on unknown to me, at this date and time.

(NOTE: The following is a public record made available to me.

There are at least two complaints on this issue at this time.

On November 24, 2015, Alan Smith, Inspector, for the herein, referenced, above State Fire Marshal office showed up at Deer Park, Ohio, Senior High School for a Scheduled Inspection.

He was on site for about one hour and 35 minutes in the morning.

He found a total of two violations on this complaint–one of which was corrected, and one which  was not at that time.

The Inspection Number:  INS-2015-032026.

Status:  Possible Citation/ NOV/ NOH.

The main egress doors to the auditorium–exits–can’t reduce number of exits.

They were given seven days to comply.

Comments: Blocked by 3 pick-up trucks.

Date Corrected:  November 24, 2015.

Corrective Action:  The exit(s) or exit capacity has been changed without approval and shall be corrected to the approved condition or submitted to the building official having jurisdiction for approval.

Codebook Text: (2) 1001.2 Minimum Requirements. It shall be unlawful to alter a building or structure in a manner that will reduce the number of exits of the capacity of the means to egress to less than required by this code.

(NOTE: In the interest of full disclosure, I can attest, that for years, The City of Deer Park, Ohio, Police Department as well as The Deer Park, Ohio, Community City Schools have, both, been gratuitously, guilty, of failing to enforce rigidly vehicles that block doors as well as vehicles that display no handicapped parking placards or license plates that frequently park in the posted handicapped parking spaces in front of Crawford Auditorium, on the south side of Deer Park, Ohio, Senior High School.

As a Chief Disability Advocate, I have, personally, contacted The City of Deer Park, Ohio, Police Department for years about this issue, oft from that very site.

They ask for my name, I give it, and no police officer ever shows up.

This has happened to me, personally, several times over the years.

Sad, very sad, but true.

No one at either location gives a tinker’s damn on this issue!

True it may not be “shock and awe” or WLWT-TV (THE preferred local television news station for The City of Deer Park, Ohio,’s Safety-Service Director, Michael J. Berens and/  or Police Chief, Michael Schlie,) but it is a violation of city, state, and federal law.

Interestingly enough, though, after I have patronized  a local business, parked along Blue Ash Road,  sitting there on a mid summer hot, humid Friday  summer afternoon,consuming a freshly cooked and purchased local food product, reading a local news journal,  windows up, factory air on, The City of Deer Park, Ohio, Police Department has no problem, and with reds/ blues emergency  lights blazing, siren wailing make ala a felony stop on me because, wait for it, I am parked parallel to the railroad tracks. I am not backed correctly!!

Apparently, a veteran, a multi-disabled old citizen that has just patronized  a local business, made a purchase and is trying to enjoy an albeit brief respite during the travails of multiple medical maladies in life has now “just ruined” this day for one of, well would that be one of DPPD’s “finest,” or “worstest?”

You just cannot make this stuff up, boys and girls.

There are no cars parked for about 2-3 blocks along this area at this time of day.

Who knew I was such a local desperado, huh?

Citizenry are still talking about that one.)

 

Item Number Two:

Violations

Codebook Reference:  Ohio  Fire Code  (OFC) 2011

901.1–901.4.4

Fire Protection System–Install, Maint, Safeguards, Appearance

Location:  Fire Alarm System Nonfunctional

Days to Comply: 7 Days

Violation Date:  November 24, 2015

Date Corrected:  Not Corrected

Comments: None

Corrective Action:  The fire protection system shall be maintained in accordance with the original installation standards for that system, any alteration, extension, or augmentation shall be approved by Certified Building Official having jurisdiction and Rule 9, in the areas listed, but not limited to. Any device that gives the appearance as part of a fire protection system, but does not perform that function, shall be removed.

Codebook Text:

(4) 901.4  Installation. Fire protection systems shall be maintained in accordance with the original standards for that system. Required fire protection systems shall be extended, altered or augmented as necessary to maintain and continue protection whenever the building is altered, remodeled, or added to. Alterations to fire protection systems shall be done in accordance with the building code at listed in rule 1301: 7-7-47 of The Administrative Code and applicable standards. (a) 901.4.1 Required fire protection systems Fire protection systems required by this code or the building code as listed in rule 1301: 7-7-47 of The Administrative Code shall be installed, repaired, operated, tested and maintained in accordance with this code.

(b) 901.4.2 Non required fire protection systems. Any fire protection system or portion thereof not required by this code or the building code as listed in Rule 1301: 7-7-47 of  The Administrative Code shall be allowed to be furnished for partial or complete protection provided such installed system meets the applicable requirements of this code and the building code as listed in rule 1301: 7-7-47 of The Administrative Code.

(c) 901.4.3 Additional fire protection systems. In occupancies of a hazardous nature, where special hazards exist in addition to the normal hazards of the occupancy, or where the fire code official determines that access for fire apparatus is unduly difficult, the fire code official shall have the jurisdiction to require additional safeguards. Such safeguards include, but shall not be limited to, the following:  automatic fire detection systems, fire alarm systems, automatic fire-extinguishing systems, standpipe systems, or portable or fixed extinguishers. Fire protection equipment required under this paragraph shall be installed in accordance with this code and the applicable referenced standards.

(d) 901.4.4 Appearance of equipment. Any  device that has the physical appearance of life safety or fire protection equipment but that does not perform that life safety or fire protection function shall be prohibited.

Summary:

Inspection:

Upon arrival met with Associate Principal and the maintenance man. I questioned staff on knowledge of the fire alarm issues and they advised me that the system has been down since October 19, 2015. Asked if local AHJ had been contacted and maintenance staff was unable to advise. I asked for contact to be made with superintendent, and they advised he was unavailable. I advised that I would  require a “fire watch” for duration of impairment during occupied hours by a specifically assigned Staff/ employee every 15 minutes. I also advised that there were 3 trucks parked in front of gymnasium emergency egress doors that needed moved immediately. Contact was made with truck owners and vehicles were re-located. Fire Chief Denny Meador arrived on site and we spoke in great detail of alleged complaint and validity to said complaint. I advised Chief that I was requiring an every 15 minute sign-0ff of employee doing fire watch and that the school needed to be provide documentation of plan to repair and or replace impaired system. I advised school that I would allow AHJ to monitorive  “Fire Watch” documentation and to communicate progress with me to keep citation from being processed. All parties were cooperative and I foresee no cause for further investigation at this time. Will re-visit site once impairment has been corrected to avoid possible citation being processed.

Signatures:

Alan S Smith

Date: November 24, 2015

 

Kevin Casey

Date: November 24, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board Organization

Election of Board President Pro Tempore for January, 2016, Board of Education organizational  public meeting–Motion–Kellums; Second–Griswold; To appoint Peggy Bosse as Board President Pro Tempore for January, 2016, Board of Education Organizational Meeting; Vote: All: Aye.

Set Date for January, 2016, Organizational Meeting FY 2016, No Later Than Wednesday, January 15, 2016; Motion; Second; Vote to have the organizational public meeting of this board to take place on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at 06:30 p. m.;  shortly before the normal 07:00 p. m. start time; Vote: All: Aye.

Set Date for January, 2016, Budget Hearing–To have the public budget hearing on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at 06:15 p. m.; Motion; Second; Vote: All: Aye.

(Farrell)

Announces at 08:03 p. m., that she wants an Executive Session–“…for Personnel.”

Comments From Members of The Board of Education and Superintendent: (Advocacy)

(Langdon)

Laudits Farrell for her service to the Board of Education.

(Farrell)

Elocutes to all that the job entails to “…move the district forward.”

(Farrell)

Executive Session

Requests an Executive Session–At 08:07 p.m., “…for Personnel.”

The Board of Education then relocates for an Executive Session.

 

(NOTE: In the interest of full disclosure I did not remain after this time to wait for this board of education to come back into public session, or vote, or adjourn.  I departed The Meeting Room.)

 

 

 

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