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Cambridge Schools have successful first dayWritten by Mike McKay
First day of classes, personnel and security all topics of discussion
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- Meeting just hours after the first day of classes concluded, the Cambridge City Schools Board of Education found all went very well.
The administrators of all five buildings in the district reported that the first day of school on Tuesday was "very smooth." There were some minor problems, all typical of the first day of classes, and a couple of issues with dress code violations were noted. It was noted that early numbers show an increase in the number of students attending Cambridge City Schools this year; however, the actual numbers have yet to be determined. The building principals and Superintendent Dennis Dettra thanked the custodial staff, teachers and other building staff members for their hard work, not only today, but during the summer, making day one of classes a success.
A major portion of Tuesday night's meeting was taken up with personnel matters. In fact, Tuesday night's agenda contained nearly 36 separate items, including substitute teachers, cooks, bus drivers, clerical aides, custodians and volunteers. The Board also accepted a number of resignation's this evening, including: Amy Mohler (bus driver), teachers Sonya Hunt, Ashlea Mathews Amy Rochus and Shelley Kirkbride.
In other personnel matters the Board approved athletic personal service contracts for Kayla Hollins and Ashley McCauley (CHS Co-Cheerleading Coach), athletic supplemental contracts for Kristin Nau (CMS volleyball coach) and Alison Wojciechowski (CMS cheerleading coach) as well as a Resource Officer Service contract for Paul Fields. Approval was given for teacher contracts for Todd Poe (social studies), Michael Booth (math), Wendy Biddle (2nd grade), Sean Byerly (2nd grade) and Julie Janicki (CHS interventional specialist).
Superintendent Dettra pointed out that there are 18 new teachers in the district this year, none of which are new posts, all filling positions vacant through resignations or retirements.
Following reports of a school shooting in Georgia, and past events, the topic of school security was discussed by the Board Tuesday night. According to Superintendent Dennis Dettra, school security is always on the minds of the staff and administration. Security policies and practices are reviewed and updated on a regular basis, and security equipment is being upgraded. Dettra and Cambridge Police Chief Randy LePage recently attended a school security seminar. The CPD also recently conducted an exercise in the building, testing their response to several different school related scenarios.
Bill Bussey, Superintendent of the Mid East Career and Technology Center was on hand for Tuesday night's meeting to make a special presentation. Long time Board member Rusty Roberts was honored as a recipient of the 2013 Ohio Association for Career and Technology Education (ACTE) award. The award recognizes elected or appointed Board members who have made the highest meritorious contributions to the improvement, promotion, development and governance of career technical and adult education in Ohio.
In the story photo, along with Mr Roberts and Mr Bussy, are Cambridge Superintendent of Schools Dennis Dettra, the current Student Representatives to the Cambridge School Board Nathan Stout and Hannah Barr, and former Student Representative Taylour Milburn.