School board to reevaluate dress code policy

By Jane Maiolo

After hearing concerns from several parents who believe the dress code is not being followed, Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Beekley  suggested the board review the policy.

The superintendent recommended the board conduct a parent survey to gauge their opinions and follow up the survey with open forums for discussion.

Dr. Michael O'Shea, director of curriculum and technology, agreed and said the district should try to get as much input as possible from parents. "We already have plenty of student input," he added.

Board president Ken Musch said that although he doesn't want 1,000 parents on the dress code committee, he  would like every parent's opinion. "We should make sure every parent has the opportunity for input," he said.

The board revised the policy last year, limiting the types of clothing students can wear. The current policy bans the wearing of baggy, sagging or form fitting pants as well as hooded sweatshirts which can not be worn during the school day.

No writing embellishments or pictures can appear on clothing with the exception of spirit wear or logos smaller than the size of a quarter.

Shoes also must be worn at all times and secured to the foot with no heels higher than two inches.

Shirts and blouses must have sleeves and can not be loose hanging, form fitting or with low necklines.

Other Business

In other business, the board:

  • Heard from two parents who expressed concern about the safety of their childrens' bus stop, particularly in the morning when there is little daylight. They requested that the board change the location of the morning bus stop on Addler Street.

Mr. Musch said the board will assess the risks to using the stop. "I'd like to take time in the next two weeks to look at the area," he added.

  • Denied a parental request to have the student's failing grades expunged from the permanent record.

Nicholas Batt said his child, who was suspended last year after bringing a knife to high school, failed the classes as a result of the suspension, but subsequently passed the courses.

Dr. Beekley said the child had the opportunity to return to school to take final exams, but did not show up for the tests. He could have passed the classes had he taken and passed the exams, she contended.

  • Hired the following classified personnel: Mike Schiflett, bus aide, $11.48/hr; Kristi Winterfeld, food service, $11.94/hr; Cynthia Caswell, food service, $11.48/hr and Isabel Artiaga-Kelopfer, food service, $11.48/hr.

The board also approved a change of assignment for Tina Buchhop and Sonol Shah, food service.

  • Accepted the resignation of Marc Kruger, Quiz Bowl advisor at the high school and approved the appointment of Erin Schoen to that post.

The board also approved supplemental contracts for Erin Popovich, high school math counts advisor; Lori Eckel, alumni directory; Doriann Cox, alumni director, and Marie Kaiser, assistant drama director at the high school.

  • Commended Andrew Courtney for being named a National Merit Commended Scholar.
  • Approved seven requests to attend professional meetings.

The next meeting of the board of education will be a study session at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, October 10. The board's next regular meeting will be at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 24. Both meetings are held at the administration building, 6900 Hall Street, Holland and are open to the public.

Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek celebrates its 10th birthday with Family-A-Fair event

On September 15, Lutheran Village of Wolf Creek hosted "Family-A-Fair," the village's annual fun-filled day of family activities.

Hundreds of area residents turned out to help Lutheran Village celebrate its 10th birthday. Designed to promote stronger families, the event also offered parents tips on keeping their children safe in crowds.

Sue Boyne, marketing director, said this year's event was huge. "We quadrupled the attendance from last year," she said, adding that the parking lot at Lutheran village and at a nearby church were filled to capacity.

She expressed her appreciation to area bakeries for supplying birthday cakes. The bakeries were Wixey, Cake Arts, Sweet Occasions, Meijer on Conant Street, Kroger and Walmart.

In addition to sweet treats, the event featured entertainment by the Delta Pantherettes, American Sports Karate, Sparks, Springfield High School ROTC, FX Dance Academy, Toledo K-9 Performance Academy, Wolf Creek YMCA and the SETT Institute.

Children's activities were sponsored by area businesses.  Children had the opportunity to play games, enjoy arts and craft activities and learn how to escape a structure fire in the Springfield Township fire safety trailer.

Health screenings, demonstrations and refreshments were provided at no cost throughout the day.

Other organizations participating in this year's event were the Butterfly House, Farmers and Merchants State Bank, Hoen's Garden Center, Neville Funeral Home, Proforma Specialty Printing, Lucas County Sheriff's Office, St. Vincent's Life Flight, New York Life, Reptiles on Wheels, Toledo Herpetological Society, the Original Gino's Pizza, Stone Fruit Studios, 180th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard, U.S. Foods, Safe Kids Greater Toledo, Holcomb's Knowplace, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Audiology, Holland Library, St. Luke's Hospital, Rite Aid, Dr. Peter McGowan, D.D.S., Senior Independence, Ultra Sound Special Events, Diaggio's Gelato & Pizzeria, Bentley & Emmitt, Grounds Services, Inc., Day Star and Nickles Bakery.