Facility plans addressed at BOE

Parent discusses district’s basketball program

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@civitasmedia.com

TROY — Troy City Schools will have its first community meeting to discuss the district’s facility planning at 6 p.m. Monday, March 20 at the Troy High School cafeteria.

The board of education discussed the upcoming community meetings at its regular meeting on Monday.

The meetings will also take place at the same time and place on April 4 and May 9. The meetings are open to the public.

SHP, the district’s facility consultant and architect firm, will present some of the numbers generated by their research as well as the Ohio School Facilities Commission projections.

At a previous work session, the board agreed to support four new elementary buildings in a variety of configurations of pre-kindergarten through sixth grades. The district has qualified for 33 percent state funding from the Ohio Schools Facility Commission.

Another option the district is exploring is to renovate the district’s buildings, which range in age from the 106-year-old Van Cleve to the 45-year-old junior high building. According to SHP, to outfit all the buildings with air conditioning and heating systems and upgrade plumbing and electric alone would cost approximately $51 million.

The third option is to keep the buildings as they are and seek more funding through the district’s capital improvement levy to maintain the buildings and properties. The Capital Improvement funds can only be used for the facilities and permanent improvements such as technology, buses and maintenance improvements.

The district would need approximately $3 million a year to maintain its district’s facilities versus the approximately $685,000 per year the current levy generates currently. The 1.1-mill levy was last renewed in 2013.

In other news:

Troy resident Nicole Burton addressed the board as a representative of the Troy High School basketball parents booster association with concerns regarding the basketball program.

“I’m the varsity boys’ basketball parent representative. (There are) concerns from the community on our basketball coaching position and if there are expectations in this position and how they are reviewed. We were very displeased with our season this year and we’d like to see some change. Not necessarily directed towards our current coach, but maybe in just our set up and some things we have in place as far as disciplinary (action) and some of the opportunities that are offered to them,” Burton said.

Burton said she had addressed these concerns first with district athletic director David Palmer. She also said parents had suggested a petition, but was told it would be placed in the trash.

“I’m coming to be the spokesperson since we were unable to present a petition,” she said. “We just have some concerns that are not being addressed.”

President Doug Trostle said the board was unable to comment at the present time, but acknowledged Burton’s comments.

“I don’t think there is much we can say or do right now, but we do acknowledge you being here and appreciate you taking the time to address the board. Certainly make sure this communication goes back to the athletic director and start the appropriate conversations,” Trostle said.

Vice-president Joyce Reives asked Burton what she meant by “expectations” since the term was so broad.

Burton said parents are disappointed in the basketball season’s record, players going on to play in college and the recruiting process for example.

Board member Tom Kleptz asked if her concerns were addressed by Palmer. Burton said she spoke to Palmer and was given answers to questions the boosters had, but didn’t want their concerns to go unwarranted by the board or administration.

“We are just looking for change. Like I said, it’s not pointed at any individual, but to be willing to work together to see some positive changes,” Burton said.

Assistant superintendent Jeremy Miller reported on the district’s new online registration and enrollment option for students. Miller said the feedback from parents has been positive and has streamlined the process for board office staff.

“Parents can now access (registration) from anywhere on their phone or at home,” Miller said.

The online registration also requires a follow-up appointment to complete the enrollment process. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 332-6700.

During the review of personnel items, Reives asked how the district fills positions of teacher who request leaves of absences for unpaid childrearing leave. Human resource director Mark Barhorst explained teachers seeking leave of absences for childrearing for one year can return to their original classroom. If a teacher requests a second year, they are placed in an open position within the district. Reives said she asked about the benefit because it varies greatly with the private sector.

“I’m just curious about the differences between us and what I would call the private sector. This is a deviation from the private sector and it’s a very nice service we provide our employees — it’s a wonderful option,” Reives said.

The board approved to add College Credit Plus Physics and Mass Communications III to the high school curriculum.

Concord Elementary School Principal Dan Hake reported on several peer-to-peer reading programs they were working at the elementary. He also noted a pen pal exchange program, which matched up second grade students with Troy High School students, was a success.

Hake also introduced Jake Wells, physical education teacher, to the board. Wells shared how students raised more than $13,465 for the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for the Heart program. The school’s goal was initially more than $7,000.

Parent discusses district’s basketball program

By Melanie Yingst


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