Greenville BoE listens to complaints and recognizes students’ academic, athletic and musical achievements

By Dawn Hatfield

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City School District Board of Education met March 17 in the Anna Bier Civic Room at St. Clair Memorial Hall. Of particular interest were student academic and athletic commendations and an alleged parental complaint against a high school teacher.

Jody Harter, Doug Fries, Jenna Jurosic, Mark Libert, Brad Gettinger, Jim Sommer, Kristi Strawser, Krista Stump and Jim Hooper were in attendance. Other members of staff and the public were present and a member of the public asked to speak.

After the appeal, pledge of allegiance, adoption of the agenda, and approval of the minutes, Superintendent Doug Fries presented the Superintendent’s Report recognizing the following six students for a perfect 10 on at least part of the ELA Spring Test: Mercedes Angles, John Barr, Leah Force, Evelyn Hummel, Marcella Marlett and Emma Worthen.

Boys Cross Country were recognized for their promotion to Regionals; and both the varsity and middle school competition cheer teams were congratulated on their second-place finishes in the MVL competition.

Awards went to Kenna Jenkinson for being named MVL Athlete of the Year in girls’ golf and to Brock Short for being named Offensive Player of the Year in MVL soccer.

Other awards went to Lexi Slade (Girls’ Golf), Ethan Sunsdahl (Boys’ Golf), Tessa Fine (Girls’ Cross-Country), Rachael Wright (Girls’ Soccer), AJ Shaffer (Soccer) and Kaitlyn Byrun, Isabella Gulley, Caitlin Moore ( to cheer).

The district recognized GHS Wavaires for their outstanding performance on November 11 and all staff and students involved in the fine String Fling performance on October 25, and the Marching Band of Pride for their excellent scoring at the OMEA State Competition on 30th of October.

Public Participation:

The mother of a current high school student asked to contact the board. Her complaint related to alleged misconduct against one of the university teachers. In her statement, she told the board, “I will be speaking out about a high school teacher who disrespected my son in more than one way and I will no longer tolerate that. The other day she looked at my son – I’m a single mother – and said to him, ‘Now I understand why your father left you.’ Who says that? Who says that to a child? If I send my son to school every day, I want him to be safe and not neglected. So I hope I don’t have to push it further, but if something isn’t done, I will push it further… As a teacher, she’s supposed to be someone my son looks up to, and he doesn’t.”

Superintendent Fries replied: “[Parent’s name]I encourage you to give me a call when you get a chance so I can get a little more information and make sure I speak to Mr Hughes [High School Principal], who is here tonight and we will raise it with those involved. Hope you see an improvement and if not feel free to give me a call. If you call me, I’ll work with the high school to make sure things move forward for you.

The parents expressed their appreciation and Fries thanked her for attending the session.

The Treasurer’s responsibilities included unanimously approving the October Treasurer’s report, the October budget plan, detailing ongoing bill payments, and filing the permanent appropriations with Darke County’s auditor for fiscal year 2023.

The superintendent’s responsibilities included recommending a set of board policies for first and second readings, as well as approving those previously read. All recommendations were passed with 5:0.

Donations were unanimously accepted with appreciation from Joseph and Melody Barr, DCCA Anna Bier Gallery, Mark Libert, Radiant Lighthouse Church, State Farm Insurance and the Wayne HealthCare Foundation.

Requests included the submission of an ODE survey indicating the district’s adherence to nutritional standards and approval of the Administrative Evaluation Form for the Director of Special Services. Both motions were accepted with all votes.

The contracts included approval for the purchase of 55 packages of the second edition of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, the articulated credit agreement with Sinclair Community College for the Career Tech Ed program, an agreement with the Radiant Lighthouse Church for the “A Night in Hollywood” and payment of additional costs to Darke County ESC for the preschool and an agreement between Woodcrest Lanes and Greenville City Schools for the use of the bowling alley in 2022-2023. All passed with unanimous support.

In addition, a contract with the Montgomery County ESC for membership of the Dayton Area School Application System Consortium for fiscal year 2023 was unanimously approved upon the recommendation of Curriculum Director Jim Hooper.

Accepted withdrawals include Asst. Jr. High Track Coach, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach (retired), Asst. Fifth grade varsity/reserve basketball cheer advisor and teacher (retired).

Classified and certified substitutes were admitted for conditional employment. All unpaid leave requests have been approved. Graduation increases and tuition reimbursements were unanimously approved, as were all requested reimbursements for professional meeting expenses.

for assistant Supplementary agreements were approved unanimously. HS JV Bowling Coach and Varsity and Reserve Basketball Cheer Advisor. Swimming and MS girls’ basketball volunteers were also accepted.

Libert will update the board on the recent meeting of the Greenville Schools Foundation after receiving information.

Strawser provided an update on the Business Advisory Council, whose recent meeting focused on credentials and career tech.

Stump will update the board on DCCA following the scheduled meeting next week.

Gettinger reported that Career Technology stakeholders will be convening a meeting shortly and the CIS meeting has been postponed to the first week of December.

Sommer briefed the board on legislative matters and explained that there are several bills in the House of Representatives to watch. Sommer also shared with board members a newspaper article from Dayton titled “Legislators Move to Weaken Ohio Board of Education…”. A list of relevant bills will be presented to us next month.

Board members then proceeded to the executive meeting at 7:17 p.m. with no action required after the meeting concluded.

Greenville City Schools Board of Education meetings are normally held on the third Thursday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at St. Clair Memorial Hall, 215 W. Fourth Street, Greenville, Ohio. Full minutes of meetings are posted periodically to the Board of Education’s website:

Reach Daily Advocate Reporter Dawn Hatfield at [email protected] or 937-569-0066.


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