The Sandusky Board of Education expressed overwhelming support at Monday night’s meeting for high school Principal Dan Poggiali and the enforcement of the school’s body and face painting rules.
“I see all the difficult decisions they have to make on any given day, I commend you and support you in that decision,” said board member King Baer.
In light of the recent school shooting in Cleveland, board members said they appreciate the effort being made to keep the school and school functions as safe as possible.
“I can only appreciate the magnitude of what you’re going through. You folks are trying your best to protect our students and it was a challenge,” said board member Tom Patterson.
“We do appreciate you looking out for the best interest and the safety of our kids,” said board President Faith Denslow.
Also at the meeting, Marlene Boas, director of Safe School Healthy Students, presented to the board the program’s progress, which is now in its final year.
The program has initiated a variety of programs in the community including Strengthening Families and The Incredible Years, which will likely continue even after Safe School Healthy Students initiative ends.
The program also worked to increase school security through training, strengthening relationships with area police and fire departments and installed security systems at the elementary and junior high schools.
One of the initiative’s programs, Wraparound, recently received a $974,917 grant for expansion through Family Court.
In other board news, with Monday’s meeting being the last before the levy is voted on in November, Treasurer Troy Bouts reiterated its importance.
“Should that issue fail, there are some very major cuts that are likely to happen,” he said.
Other board members added that the levy is important not only for the schools, but for the community.
“When you have a great school system, so too is the community. We need to keep that in place,” Denslow said.