By Jim Finley
Western Reserve school board members are inviting the public to attend their April 19 meeting for input on possibly relocating the preschool and sixth grade students to the school’s campus on US 20.
At a previous community forum, district superintendent Rodge Wilson shared that district funding has been cut by $575,000.
“We have what’s called an FBA model, which stands for feasible, beneficial and acceptable,” Wilson said, “So, whenever we have a big decision to make, we ask, ‘Is is feasible, is it beneficial, is is acceptable?’”
Wilson continued, saying “Moving the students is feasible. We’ve determined it would help solve some of our problems, like enrollment and teacher workloads. The question is, is it acceptable to all parties?”
Wilson shared, “Like other districts, Western Reserve had seen a decline in enrollment.
Then, at the board’s March meeting, where to locate the students was discussed.
As far as the preschool students, the possible remodeling of the board offices was discussed, as was a new building for those students.
The board appears to be in favor of moving the preschool.
‘What I hear from the board is you strongly suggest the preschool be moved,” Wilson said. “Is that how you want me to present it to the community at our next town hall meeting when we get the parents together here again?”
Board members said yes.
One possiblity is to move the preschool first, and then the sixth graders.
Where to locate the sixth graders in the school continues to be explored.
In other matters, the board approved:
An agreement Between the Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Western Reserve Local Schools Board of Education for the 2017-2018 school year, as presented.
The overnight trip for the FFA Organization traveling to the State FFA Convention in Columbus for May 4-6, 2017.
Athletic ticket and pass prices:
Board members also approved the following recommendations by Wilson:
A one day unpaid leave for Larissa Sherman, for personal reasons.
A four day unpaid leave for Theresa Murdock, for personal reasons.
Accept the resignations of Robin Price, effective at the end of the 2016-2017 school year,
for personal reasons; and Jim Bartow, for retirement purposes, effective March 1, 2018.
The Western Reserve Board of Education meets regularly on the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p..m. in the high school library.