Bay Board of Education April 12 meeting notes

The Bay Village Board of Education met on April 12 with Board members Beth Lally, Scott Schulz, Dave Vegh, Paul Vincent and Lisa Priemer in attendance.

Here are some highlights of that meeting:

Director of Communications Karen Uthe Semancik and Technology Coordinator Brian Reynolds introduced a video presentation to demonstrate Apptegy, a school marketing resource system. Later in the meeting, funds for that program were approved.

The December board meeting will be moved from Dec. 13 to Dec. 6, 2021.

The Board of Education adopted the resolution regarding graduation requirements for the Class of 2021.

The Board approved Superintendent Jodie Hausmann’s contract. Interim Treasurer John W. Scott’s resignation was accepted, but he was soon installed as a financial consultant to the new treasurer. Three-year contracts were approved for Holly Schafer, Director of Human Resources; Ramsey Inman, Bay High Assistant Principal; Josephine Sanfilippo, Westerly Principal; and Daniel Sebring, Normandy Principal. A modification to the contract for Karen Uthe Semancik was also approved.

Several certified and classified staff positions for special contracts were approved including those for the Summer 2021 programs STEM Academy, Wild Summer Reading Camp, and Safety Town.  Other contract changes were also approved.

In further financial business, the Board approved the OSBA service agreement as well as approving multiple salary schedules.

Superintendent Hausmann reported that the Bay Schools have been awarded the Best Community for Music Award again. Prom and commencement will take place in person with adaptations to be COVID safe. The superintendent gave an update on the reopening of the schools, reporting that the air quality in the Bay schools is good and meets the governor’s criteria. Student plexiglass barriers are no longer recommended, but teacher barriers will remain. There is a change in the guidelines from maintaining six feet between children to three feet. For the 2021-22 school year, no e-learning options will be offered. Lunches will return to the cafeteria, and the school day will be the same as pre-COVID, except for the high school where the extra time will be used for teacher collaboration and club time.

The Bay teacher evaluation language is being used as a model across the state. Superintendent Hausmann said that there is new software to compile data, and the Kiwanis will fund landscaping for Bay Schools.

Curriculum Director Char Shryock announced that Bay Schools will collaborate with the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center for a summer reading program, “One Community, One Book.”

Treasurer Scott asked that the Board of Education authorize the disposal of approximately 50 Chromebook carts by the best method available (sale, trade or scrap) to the district. That motion carried. It was also declared that it’s impractical for the Bay Board of Education to transport pupils in grades K-8 to St. Christopher School in Rocky River.

More detailed information about this meeting and others can be found on the Board of Education website at Meetings are open to the public. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 17, 6:30 p.m. During COVID, Board meetings have been taking place at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road, to allow for social distancing.

Jane Blackie

After retiring from teaching English at Lakewood High School, I now write, cook and cycle as well as teach writing at TriC. My husband, Bill, and I have lived in Bay Village for over 30 years.

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