WELLSVILLE - Members of the board of education are keeping a watchful eye on three House Bills that could impact the district.
Board member Tom Brophey briefed the board on two bills currently pending and one recently passed in the Ohio House of Representatives. Brophey noted that the district could be impacted most drastically by the House Bill 264 which creates a "cookie cutter model" for how districts handle diabetic students.
According to Brophey, the bill would require all schools to provide insulin and monitor diabetic students throughout the school day and during extra curricular activities. Brophey says he opposes the bill because it would require school staff, including bus drivers and coaches, to take mandatory training at the expense of the school district.
Brophey speculated that the district along with many other districts across the state would be unable to afford such training for its entire staff.
Another piece of pending legislation, which board members are monitoring, is the "anti-common core" bill, HB 237. Sponsored by Representative Andy Thompson (R. Marietta) the bill would repeal common cores state standards and nullify any actions taken to adopt any of the standards.
Brophey noted that he was once an opponent of common core standards; however, he has since changed his mind. He said it would be "unfair to the students" to upheave learning standards again.
"We need to give it a chance to see if it works," said Brophey.
Lastly, Brophey spoke about the recently passed House Bill 269 which allows but does not require schools to keep a stock of epinephrine for students with severe allergies, such as food allergies, antibiotic allergies, and bee stings. The bill also requires districts adopt a set procedure for students experiencing an allergic reaction.
Brophey noted that epinephrine is a controlled substance and said he is unsure what the district's level of liability would be if they chose to participate in such a program.
In other business:
*The board thanked member Bill Miller for his service as a member of the Board of Education. Miller worked as a teacher for the district for 30 years before retiring and serving on the board for four years. Miller chose not to seek the seat again in 2014 and no one ran to fill the position in the November general election. The board will fill the seat by appointment, according to board member Karen Dash.
*The board also took action to elect a new president pro tem. Dash motioned to nominate Ed Bauer as president and the board approved by unanimous consent.
*The board approved a motion to request the county auditor to certify certain tax information necessary to have a five year, two mill permanent improvement levy renewal placed on the ballot in the May election.
*The board approved a motion to recognize the increase of the hourly rate to $7.95 in compliance with the State of Ohio Minimum Wage Law, effective Jan. 1, 2014.
*The board approved reappointing Barry Arbaugh to the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees for another term.
*The board approved the following individuals as coaches: Jesse Jackson as girls' eighth grade basketball coach, John Stoakes as varsity boys' volunteer basketball coach, Janele Spann as varsity/reserve basketball cheerleading coach, Jason Carter as boys' ninth grade basketball coach, Charles Fisher as junior high wrestling coach, Thomas Hackney as junior high wrestling volunteer coach and Jeff Badgley as varsity assistant wrestling coach.
*The board announced it will hold a Budget Hearing and Organizational meeting Jan. 13 beginning at 6 p.m. in the superintendent's office. The meetings will be followed by the board's regular meeting.