Troy BOE accepts donations from UVMC, ConAgra
By Melanie Yingst
TROY — Troy Board of Education accepted another generous donation from the Upper Valley Medical Center on Monday.
The Upper Valley Medical Center Foundation presented a $75,000 check to the board for its athletic program. The check was presented by Jim Hurak and Jenny Jones of Upper Valley Medical Center.
“We’ve been working really close with them,” said Eric Herman, superintendent of Troy City Schools. “We appreciated everything that they do for us from sports medicine to athletics.”
President of the board of education Stephen Lucas, said on behalf of the board of education, “we are appreciative of donations from $10 to $10,000.”
The UVMC Foundation also is funding a county-wide program with Rachel’s Challenge.
According to UVMC’s website, The Rachel’s Challenge program, student empowering strategies born from the tragedy of the 1999 Columbine High School shootings, will be offered to all Miami County schools courtesy of the UVMC Foundation.
Beth Marshal, pupil services director for Troy City Schools, gave a brief summary of the program to the board. Marshal will be the coordinator of the Rachel’s Challenge program for the district.
Marshal said the program will kick-off for students in September.
“This is a great opportunity for Troy City Schools,” she said.
The program will be offered to districts for students from elementary through high school with UVMC’s foundation picking up the cost.
“It’s a very, very good program,” Herman said.
Troy Junior High School hosted the program several years ago with positive feedback from staff, students and parents.
The foundation board agreed to pay for the programs after reviewing the findings of youth risks identified in a health assessment conducted earlier this year by UVMC and the Miami County Health District. The foundation has made a multi-year commitment to the program, beginning in the 2014-15 school year. The foundation will be looking for funding partners in subsequent years.
The district also received its annual $23,000 donation from ConAgra Foods. In 2010, ConAgra Foods expanded its facility with a 74,000-square-foot addition for its Slim Jim production at the Dye Mill facility. As part of its economic package, ConAgra agreed to donate $20,000 per year to Troy City Schools. Since the original agreement, the company added more square footage for the company’s expansion, and the company has donated an additional $3,000 to its annual donation.
GRANT PAYS FOR ADDED SECURITY SYSTEM
The Ohio School Facilities donated $17,985 for a grant to purchase a security community system for the district.
Superintendent Herman said the security system would be a one touch button alert which would immediately send notification to local police officers in case of an emergency. The emergency alert system will be available in all schools.
Other large donations included the Troy Foundation’s contribution of $11,316 for Heywood Elementary’s iPad cart.
COMMAND ROOFING AWARDED PROJECT
In other news, the board approved Command Roofing Co. Inc. as the contractor with the most competitive bid for the Troy High School and Troy Junior High roof project. Both buildings have had partial roofing projects over the years. According to Troy City Schools’ treasurer Jeff Price, the bid was priced out per building and then as a combined bid. Command Roofing was awarded the combined bid for $443,500 out of five other contractors.
The roofing project will be the final phase of replacement for the junior high building. The roof replacement project will begin immediately after school is dismissed and is expected to be completed by Aug. 1. Price said the project came $75,000 below estimate.
TCS ADOPTS CALAMITY DAY PLAN
The board also approved and adopted a Calamity Day Alternative Make-Up plan for the district. Herman said the district will come up with an annual plan to file with the Ohio Department of Education by Aug. 1 to provide “E-Day” work when all five calamity days have been exhausted due to inclement weather.
“It will be an option to use it if we need it,” Herman said.
He said the district may not be able to pull together a plan before the year-end, but will have it in the future. Herman said some districts in the north part of the state has used 14 calamity days due to a snow filled winter.
WINTER WEATHER GEAR DONATED BY STAFF
Board member Doug Trostle urged Herman to share with the community how the district’s staff and administration purchased hats and gloves for its school buildings for students to have. Herman said staff purchased the items for students and for administrators to have on hand for those in need. Herman said he and staff have witnessed students coming to school unprepared for the cold weather and will have the winter gear on hand as needed.
Trostle said the winter weather gear is a small gesture and another example of how the Troy City Schools’ staff and adminstration have stepped forward to help students as well as shows how the school district cares about the student as a person.
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