By Martha Jacob
All school board members were in attendance at the Eastern Local School board meeting on Sept. 18 including Angie Bogart, Martin Yockey, Ken Kelch, Lowell Richey (vice president and Deborah Forsythe, (president).
Samantha Baldwin, Eastern School District resident spoke briefly to the board regarding low ratings for the school and the need for a county levy for school safety upgrades.
Baldwin said she had 3 kids that attend Eastern schools, and questioned the board on her concerns over having armed staff members or if a resource officer might not be a better option.
Baldwin asked several questions regarding school safety and then asked about what she considered to be failing report card for Eastern. She made an appointment to meet at a later date with Superintendent Michele Filon for more discussion.
Bill Garrett, principal of Eastern High School introduced several of the high school’s FFA students who gave the board a presentation.
The FFA students told the board that there are currently 66 high school students and 40 junior high school student who are now members.
Students explained that FFA uses agricultural education to create real-world success and it is built on 3 cores including laboratory instruction, FFA and supervised agricultural experiences. The then elaborated on each of the cores.
The students also shared a multitude of photos of just a few of the projects the students are participating in and announced that FFA member Adrianne Moran was a national qualifier at the Agriscience fair.
Following the presentation by the FFA members, Mr. Garrett introduced two of his students from the high school FCCLA program who spoke briefly about some of the things the kids have been involved in including:
• a June 28 – FCCLA trip to National Leadership Conference
• Workshops and competitions attended at the conference
• Career development competitors, parliamentary procedure, Jr.
• Leadership Academy competitors
• A recent FCCLA sponsored Glow Run 5K
• Music Festival in Atlanta
• Recognition Gala
• Visit to the World of Coca Cola.
The board thanked the students for sharing their experiences.
Also during the meeting the board received a brief update on the finances from treasurer, Denny Dunlap.
Superintendent Filon went over the most recent Ohio Department of Education report card for the schools and said the district needs to improve the area of “Prepared for Success and the 3rd grade reading tests.
The board signed a resolution recognizing October as School Safety Month and reviewed reports from all the schools principals.
The board approved a long list of field trip requests and facility use requests.