Cambridge City School District Superintendent Dan Coffman reviewed the remote learning and face-to-face learning options being offered at Cambridge Schools this school year during the Board of Education meeting Tuesday night.
Cambridge Schools have already announced a return to school with 4-1 face-to-face option for the school year that includes a remote learning day. The district also is offering students the opportunity to choose a full-time remote learning option which, as of the board meeting, 18 percent of the students had selected, Coffman said.
The board approved the remote learning option during the meeting after answering several questions regarding Individual Education Plans (IEPs), remote learning platforms, internet access and additional support staff to address any social/emotional concerns of students.
Coffman also spoke about the Ohio Department of Health declaration that face shields will not be an option for students and teachers when we return to school.
“We know there are a lot of changes being made in the guidance we are getting,” Coffman said. “The face mask/face shield guidance is one of those things that is fluid.”
Fortunately for Cambridge City School District, it has not purchased any face shields. A donation was received from Southeastern Med. An order for face shields is on back order and will now be cancelled.
Coffman also announced that Cambridge Middle School was selected for a 21st Century Grant that will fund an after-school program similar to the one at the elementary schools.
In other business, the Board approved the price of breakfast and lunch at the Middle School and High School for the 2020-2021 school year. It remains the same as last year.
The Board also approved several recommendations from Treasurer Ed Wright including a transfer of $50,000 from the general fund to the athletic department fund to support the costs of sports in the district. The reduction in football games by the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the spectator limits put in place by Ohio’s governor is hurting the income that comes into the athletic department through ticket sales.
In personnel matters, the board approved athletic volunteers Audra Carpenter, Kelly Dunning, Ryan Caldwell, JR Fox, John Nicolozakes, Mark Ables and Myla Giesey; the resignations of Alyssa Jefferis, and Misty Downerd; the retirement of Lynn Eichel; the hiring of summer school teacher Zachary Boyd; a child care leave of absence for Joanna Mawhorr; a maternity leave of absence for Alexe Nicholes; extended service for Jennifer Howell; the hiring of Leslie Leppla as an administrative assistant, and the hiring of substitute teachers Amanda Miller, Jason Neff and Sharise Dunlap.
The next board meeting will be on September 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the Garfield Administrative Center.