Fairlawn moves to strengthen partnership

By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News

SIDNEY — The Fairlawn Local School Board of Education joined with the local educational service center Thursday to further enhance their relationship with the Workforce Partnership of Shelby County.

The move allows the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center Governing Board to serve as the business advisory council to represent Fairlawn to the Workforce Partnership.

The Partnership group works to provide training and employment opportunities for high school students to better fit the skills and need of the local labor force. The nonprofit organization creates working relationships with private and public organizations.

Fairlawn Superintendent Jeff Hobbs said Fairlawn currently has an advisory council, but felt having the educational center take the reigns on behalf of the district would improve the working relationship.

Hobbs said he hopes the group will examine options to improve the school’s media center regarding training programs.

Also, Hobbs spoke of the district’s using $750 in a matching grant opportunity to place first aid kits in every classroom. The grant is being made available through the FAST Program of the Buckeye Firearms Foundation in Greenville.

FAST, which stands for Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response, is a three-day training program for district staff members to better respond to any classroom crisis involving intruders. Hobbs said staff members continue to take the training.

Elementary Principal Karen McRill reported the district has received three, $500 grants from the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. Supplies have been ordered to implement the technical programs.

The board increased the school’s appropriations in the amount of $2,210 to cover district costs for those programs.

High/Middle School Principal John Stekli reported 45 middle school students recently traveled to Sidney Baptist Church to help with the Operation Christmas Child effort. Students packed shoe boxes with a variety of items to be sent to Third World nations for the holiday season.

In other business, the board:

• Set Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the board room for the reorganizational meeting with Bob Gold serving as president tempore.

• Employed Christopher North under a one-year contract as seventh-grade girls basketball coach for $2,033.42.

• Awarded a one-year contract to Megan Dudgeon as junior varsity girls basketball coach for $3,050.13.

• Agreed to employ Debra Cummons-Parker as a part-time custodian at a pay rate of $12.54 per hour under a one-year contract.

• Hired Dominic Lehman to a one-year, limited service contract as pep band director for a salary of $1,694.50.

• Will employ eight people as substitute teachers at a rate of $100 per day. They include Amber Armbruster, Ellen Brandon, John Carman, Karen Christman, Steve Corbin, Brittney Egbert, Tricia Hefner, and Melinda Settlage.

• Accepted several donations including $100 from Buckeye Ford Lincoln in Sidney for the Fairlawn Junior Model United Nations Club; $815 from Chris North for the gifted program; $126 from Hope Abke for the eighth-grade class; $200 from B Rogers and Sons to the Seth Rogers Scholarship Fund; and a $500 anonymous donation to the Model U.N. Club.

By Jim Painter

For the Sidney Daily News

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.