Donations pour in for BG students, but more needed | Community

The needs of Bowling Green students are not going away.

At the Bowling Green City Schools Board meeting on Tuesday, member Ginny Stewart provided an update on the needs of students in the district.

December donations broke records, she said.

“They asked me to thank everyone who participated (and) donated,” Stewart said.

And yet, after discussing with the owners, there are still needs.

The college can still use breakfast foods such as granola bars, Pop-Tarts, fruit snacks, and juice boxes that can be grabbed and consumed before students head to first period.

“A lot of kids come to school without breakfast,” Stewart said.

There is also a need for tennis shoes for boys and girls in college.

“These can come in all sizes,” she said.

Kenwood Elementary needs boys and girls size 6 and 8 pants and the school can use more short sleeve shirts, headphones (no headphones) and water bottles for boys size 6-10.

Kenwood, middle school and high school always need snacks, Stewart said.

Snacks must be packaged and nut-free due to allergies.

To make a donation, bring the items directly to the school office.

Also at the meeting, the board:

• Acceptance from Superintendent Francis Scruci and District Administrators of a certificate recognizing January as School Board Appreciation Month.

“Being on the board isn’t easy,” Scruci said. “Being on a board of directors is rewarding in many ways, but like most jobs, it can be thankless at times.”

• I learned from Scruci that middle school administrators are considering bringing Captain Scott Frank back to talk to students about the dangers of using digital.

“It was a critical amount of information shared,” he said of the day Frank spent with high school students on January 10.

Frank discussed self-image, self-esteem, drugs, alcohol, addiction, healthy dating, and online behavior.

Scruci said there might be a chance more parents will attend another presentation. When it took place earlier this month, around two dozen parents attended and another 40 watched it as it aired.

• I learned from Stewart that district leaders will begin discussing priorities this week. They will put together a list of how to spend the millions of dollars that have been freed up with the district’s continued levies.

• I have learned that there will be a hiring day on Thursday for substitute positions, including teachers, bus drivers, janitors, paraprofessionals or cafeteria workers.

• Hiring of Christopher DiRando, Karol Kampe, Tomas Roman and Hans Glandorff as college athletics coaches.

• Approved property, fleet and liability insurance with Ohio School Plan at a cost of $92,183 and approved Bowling Green Community Development Foundation membership for $750.

• Acceptance of $7,294 in gifts, including a new corner bulletin board for the main high school gymnasium valued at $4,168 from the Bobcat Athletic Boosters; a $400 music department piano from Mike and Lisa Procyk; $1,000 for the Ellen Dalton High School Orchestra; $500 for Bobcat Basics and $500 for the college’s STEM program, both from anonymous donors; $500 lacrosse helmets from Nate Spitler; $200 for the Caroline Powers Ellis golf program; and $20 for Joanne Schempf’s Model UN program.

• Reached an agreement to continue to lease the council office building at 115 E. Clough St. for $59,242 for 2022.

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