Moore updates board on school events

By Melanie Speicher -

SIDNEY — Emerson Elementary School Principal Michael Moore share what’s been happening at the school since the beginning of the school year during Monday night’s Sidney City Schools Board of Education meeting.

He said Right to Read Week was recently held, as was the reunion luncheon where former teachers and staff members return to the school to have lunch with the current staff members. Santa’s Workshop is also ongoing at the school.

He said 15 school families each received a $100 Kroger and a $100 Walmart gift card to help with their holiday needs. Cargill and Ferguson Construction have expanded the perfect attendance program and are awarding prizes each nine weeks to students who have perfect attendance.

Lockers at the school have been painted, he said. This is the first year the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) program has been implemented at the school.

Moore said he has some concerns about increasing violence at the school. He said part of the problem is the opioid epidemic.

“It’s hitting us where we didn’t think of,” said Moore.

In speech classes, he said, the teachers are seeing students whose parents are not reading to them.

“They aren’t nurturing the kids and they can’t communicate in class,” he said.

Moore thanked the board for giving him the opportunity to be Emerson’s principal.

“This is the best gig I’ve ever had,” said Moore.

In other business, the board:

• Approved membership in the Ohio School Boards Association for calendar year 2018 at a cost of $6,456.

• Approved Kim Cordonnier as a substitute teacher at $90 per day; Cindy Akin as a substitute aide at $11.34 per hour; and Michele Batty, Bill Blosser, Linda Carpenter and Joe Spangler to work athletic events per OHSAA guidelines.

• Set the organizational meeting for Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at 6 p.m.

• Appointed Brooke Gessler as president pro tem for the organizational meeting on Jan. 11.

• Approved a joint agreement appointing the Business Advisory Council of the Midwest Regional Education Service Center to serve as the Business Advisory Council for the school district.

By Melanie Speicher

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822.