DEER PARK, OHIO, COMMUNITY CITY SCHOOLS DISTRICT, BOARD OF EDUCATION, HOLDS A PUBLIC MEETING
MAJORITY OF BOARD RAMS THROUGH A NEW LOWER “DUMBING DOWN” ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY GRADE POINT AVERAGE PROPOSAL FOR EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITY INCLUSION BY DISTRICT STUDENTS, SAVE FOR “MERRY TERRY”
BALANCING BRIT REQUESTS AND RECEIVES BOARD APPROVAL FOR AN ADDITIONAL 37 YEAR BOND LEVY FOR 2016 Ohio Fall/ General Election Ballot Placement For District Voters
JUNIOR HIGH/ SENIOR HIGH ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL CASEY OUT AFTER 20 YEARS OF DISTRICT EMPLOYMENT/ BOARD REPLACES HIM WITH HARTLEY
BOARD APPROVES RENO FOR NEW HIRE FOR GENERAL MAINTENANCE
(NOTE: The Deer Park, Ohio, Community City Schools District, Board of Education, provide no sworn uniformed law enforcement presence prior to, during, or after any of their public meetings.
They provide no microphones or speakers for any of their public meetings.)
Deer Park, Ohio, Community City Schools District, Board of Education, 4131 Matson Avenue, Deer Park, Ohio, held a public meeting on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at 07:00 p. m.
It was held in The Meeting Room.
Partial Summary/ Personal Observation(s):
Dais Attendance: Godwin; Kellums; Huster; Bosse; Morrissey; Langdon; Marks
The REAL Media: Citizen Journalist/ Web Blogger: Joseph (Janusiewicz)(“Jay”) Janus, Jr.; http://www.jjanusjr.wordpress.com; Link: “…Deer Park, Ohio, Dots…;” Super Paralegal; Chief Disability Advocate; Citizen “Watchdog;” THE LEPER COLONY; THE GANG; THE OTHER; Notary Public
Visitor(s): Casey; Orso; Phillips; Tassell, R.; Brookbank, K. W.; Brookbank, A. M.: Smith; Lenihan; Tudor; Various Citizenry
Call To Order: 07:02 p. m.
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call: All members present
Statement of Purpose: Read
Approval of Meeting Agenda: Vote: All: Aye.
Community Input: None
District Recognitions and Donations: None.
Approval of Meeting Minutes:
June 8, 2016–Vote: All: Aye.
June 15, 2016–Vote: All: Aye.
Treasurer’s Financial Reports–Through May, 2016, we are 9 % under budget.
Resolution Determining to Proceed with Bond Issue–Vote: All: Aye.
(NOTE: This is AN ADDITIONAL bond levy issue.
If this is passed, it will last for 37 years.
It will be placed for a vote by district electors on The 2016 Ohio/ Fall General Election ballot on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.)
Inter-Funds Transfer–Vote: All: Aye.
Authorize To Invest–Vote: All: Aye.
Reports of The Superintendent:
Eligibility Requirements–A Power Point Presentation by Phillips; Subject Matter: A New Proposal for Lowering Academic Grade Point Averages For Extra Curriculum Activity Inclusion/ Participation By District Students.
An oral discussion ensued for 53 minutes.
The Power Point presentation included a sampling of area school district’s selected by the presenter as to how they currently determine extra curricular activity eligibility, as well as what is required by The Ohio High School Athletic Association for Ohio public school district students.
It, also, included the need to hire an Academic Coach at a salary of $1,500.00 (U. S. D.) per year.
The chart used to demonstrate district students was not from the most recent district school year.
It was broken down into how many would be ruled ineligible for various scenarios based upon their academic grade point averages at any given point in time, sanctions, remedies, and suggestions as to how to return to academic eligibility status?
This proposal, in essence, would, again, LOWER, the established grade point average for any district student to participate in any extra curricular activity.
For example, for students in grades 9-12, it would be lowered to 1.3.
(NOTE: In simple terms, that is a very low “D.”)
Morrissey, Board Member–I do not want to lower this. She provided an evocative fact based public rationale in a teary eyed presentation. This was the most detailed of anyone on this issue. She mentioned many of the “assists” that are provided throughout this district in order that every district student may academically succeed.
She poignantly pointed out that the Power Point presentation showed that eligibility academic determinations would be for each quarter.
Langdon disputed that and told all that the G. P. A. would be “…cumulative.”
(NOTE: The Power Point clearly supports Morrissey’s input.
It refutes Langdon’s input as stated at this public meeting)
Casey– Deer Park, Ohio, Community City Schools District, Assistant Principal, High School–Publicly and orally lamented from the audience that this district has already reduced “..our F…,” from 65 to 60.
(NOTE: Apparently this is/ was Casey’s last district board of education meeting, and if not already, soon to be departure as an employee of this district.
This was made apparent by Langdon’s recommendation to hire Hartley for his position during this public board meeting.
Casey has been a district employee for 20 years.
His most recent tenure has been that of Assistant Principal for The Junior High School/ The Senior High School.
He was always a professional administrator, and was especially helpful to “challenged” district residents, too!
No audible public reason was given for his departure.)
Godwin, Board Member–I almost resigned my previous position on this board over this very (academic eligibility) same issue several years ago.
It is also not a very guarded secret around here that some students are at 52 per cent.
He questioned Orso on this issue.?
Orso did not publicly refute this statement of his at this time.
Bosse, Board Member–I want more time to study this issue.
Huster, Board Member–My standards are high.
Taylor–Athletic Director/ Head Varsity Football Coach–This incredible proposal would be good for all of our students.
Phillips–Curriculum Director/ Associate Superintendent–Imposing guidelines is doing our students a disservice.
I want to know if my Johnny can read?
I want to know if my Susie can write?
It should always be academics first–inclusiveness; everything else second, period!
Pretty soon, these ever evolving policies that are constantly being offered to our students and their “dumbing down,” will be “social promotions” with the only requirement being that if a student shall be able to waddle through the portals of any Deer Park, Ohio, Community City Schools district public school building, then, they will achieve great academic success!!!)
Langdon–Requested a motion for this NEW policy, with the pre-requisites that the grade point average would be reviewed quarterly. This entire NEW policy is to be reviewed in one year.
A contract for Hamilton/ Clermont Cooperative (HCC) 2016-2016; Vote: All: Aye.
Personnel–Hired (name not publicly mentioned)–Agenda 12 (b), AS ATTACHED.*
Personnel–Some additional names, and their new positions and prior history are publicly announced.
A few of them are in the audience. They are introduced by the principal for the respective schools.
*(Langdon publicly directs Bosse to abstain on this vote as it apparently involves a relative of hers: She abstains; The rest of this board votes for this person.
This board will frequently hire friends and relatives for various positions within this district.
NO public reason is given as to why Langdon will not publicly announce the name and position of this new hire?!)
(NOTE: Langdon’s protocols at this point in this agenda at every regular board of education meeting are to, for no public reasons given, to request a few hires, promotions, resignations, retirements, etc., oft using the terminology–AS ATTACHED.
Included in this presentation was a demand by him to give secretarial staff “extended contracts.”
That passed, too!
Now and then, he will publicly announce their name and title.)
New Hire(s):–Shane Hartley–Assistant Junior/ Senior High School Principal; Tom Reno–General Maintenance.
He announces that the football field will be turned over back to the school soon.
The first fall home academic varsity football game is August 26, 2016.
Superintendent’s Standing Committees:
Buildings/ Grounds–(Godwin)–Hot; Field will be done in a few weeks.
Communications–(Huster)–Back To School Bash; Friday, August 12, 2016–12:00 p. m.–to–01:00 p. m.
Curriculum and Instruction–(Bosse)–New forms.
Great Oaks Vocational School–(Smith)–The Ohio General Assembly has recently changed the state law as to how vocational schools may stagger the terms of their members; We may have staggered terms, soon; We have now a graduation rate of 97.1 %; 2.6% of our seniors did not pass.
Here, at least, our Johnny’s seem to be able to read and complete a sentence.
Our Susie’ s appear to be able to write a sentence.
The majority of students here do pass their courses and graduate.)
Comments From Members of The Board of Education/ Superintendent:
Huster–Casey–I recognize him for service to this district.
Executive Session: None.
Adjournment: Motion; Second; Vote: All: Aye; 08:24 p. m.