With the conference room at nearly as hot as the 98 degree outdoors because of a broken down air conditioning chiller, the Copley-Fairlawn school board wasted no time getting down to business Tuesday evening.
In a 20-minute meeting the board:
• Adopted the treasurer’s recommendations for financial statements, petty cash funds for the 2012-2013 school year, student teacher stipends and accepting donations toward the schools
• Approved a set of goals for the school board, essentially carrying over from last school year.
• Approved the superintendent’s recommendations for textbooks, an overnight eighth-grade field trip to Washington, D.C., and several personnel recommendations
Denise Cirino, the new director of pupil services as of Aug. 1, was at the meeting to greet council members, as was new science teacher Joshua Eck. Other teachers hired Tuesday were art teacher Nusrat Mehdi, language arts teacher Christine Sims and math teacher Mary Stockdale. The board also approved the hiring of about 40 substitute teachers and retained more than 20 athletic coaches.
Under new business, board member Julie Schafer expressed some concern that recently discussed food sales policies limiting bake sales or like fundraisers during school lunch hours could inhibit fundraisers. She wanted to amend the rules regarding fundraising food sales during lunch. In reviewing laws regarding that, she said she found that "there's nothing in it that says that you can't have a bake sale during a lunch period (or) during a school day, so as long as there's no legal requirement that we don't do that, I don't want to give up the right ... to do that." The board agreed to support that revision.
Joining Superintendent Brian Poe were board members Kenneth Calderone, Richard Levin, Jessica Vargo and Julie Schafer. All votes were 4-0.