Monroeville Schools literacy night gets donations

Cary Ashby • Oct 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM

MONROEVILLE — The Title I literacy night in Monroeville Local Schools recently received $825 in donations.

The school board accepted the following donations during its meeting Monday: $300 (anonymous), $200 from the PTO, $100 each from Denise Russ and Bores Manufacturing Inc., $50 each from LynMarie’s Coffee on Main and Monroeville Dental, $20 from Ann Hay and $5 from Bob Bores.

“Night Under the Lights: Soar into Reading,” hosted by the Monroeville Elementary School, was Tuesday at Marsh Field. According to a district announcement, “this year’s community book has been generously gifted by donations from our community families and businesses.” There were literacy stations where participants could listen to stories being read to them and visit various organizations and vendors.

As of Monday, 150 students had turned in reservations for “Night Under the Lights” and there was about $1,500 in total donations, said Title I teacher Stephanie Houser. She also told the school board four vendors have agreed to turn in 20 percent of their earnings at the event as donations for the district literacy fund.

Superintendent Ralph Moore and board member Melissa Allen agreed to be readers. Therapy dogs were at one of the stations.

“A lot of people have stepped up,” district librarian Kari Pisano said. 

Other business

Other donations accepted by the district Monday were about $1,198 from the Fisher-Titus Foundation for football helmets and $50 from Judy Goble to be used by kindergarten and second-grade classes.

Also, the board accepted a grant of about $51,700 from North Point Educational Service Center for pre-school funding.

“That’s our portion of the grant,” district treasurer Stephanie Hanna said.

In addition, the board approved Michael Liptay, who teaches fifth-grade math and science, as one of the robotics team advisers. He informed the board there is a new math competition team, which recently played a team from California. About 17 students in third through fifth grade showed up for the first meeting.

“So far, the kids enjoy it,” Liptay said. “Every week will be a competition of sorts. … The kids are having a good time with it.”

More meeting news

In other action Monday, the board:

• Approved about $1,180 for the cost of the D.A.R.E. program for the 2019-2020 school year. Huron County Sheriff’s Deputy Mitch Cawrse is the school resource officer for Monroeville, New London and South Central.

“This is a continuation of the program through the Huron County Sheriff’s Office that we have done in the past,” Hanna said. 

Moore said the Monroeville Police Department was unable to acquire a D.A.R.E. grant and last year, the sheriff’s office covered the cost of the program with other grant money.

“We think the program is beneficial,” the superintendent added.

• Approved Marett Snow Removal Inc. in Norwalk for snow removal for the 2019-2020 school year.

“They are going to bill us for each service,” Hanna said.

• Approved the bid from Classical Glass in Mansfield to replace 14 windows that have significant damage and have been leaking and/or letting in cold air. The cost of the project is $21,140.

• Approved Keegan Harrison as the middle school girls basketball coach and Brooke Jamison as a volunteer assistant for the same team.

• Approved Moore to pursue an Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (OBWC) safety and security program grant. Moore told the board that the OBWC will reimburse the district $30,000 of $40,000 spent from the general fund for projects that had been planned for the permanent improvement levy that failed to pass.

Board president Betsy Ruggles said that ratio doesn’t come along very often, noting that Monroeville isn’t guaranteed to be approved for the grant.

Those planned projects are: Upgrading the district video surveillance system from analog to digital video; replacing and extending the 6-foot fencing in the back of the building; replacing old water fountains that are leaking and obsolete; enclosing the elementary school stage and adding a ramp for storage; replacing the building entrance matting; adding classroom door locks (which will protect against intruders); adding classroom panic-buttons throughout the building; and purchasing chair and table racks to accommodate storage and setup.

“It’s a great deal,” Moore said. “We were just notified of that grant a few weeks ago.”

The board will have a work session at 5:50 p.m. Nov. 4 and the next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 18. The meetings are held in the Monroeville Athletic Complex community meeting room.

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