Sheffield Village/Sheffield Lake
By Michele Murphy
The Board of Education for the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools held its first meetings in the new year last week.
The first order of business was to elect a board president and vice president. Incumbents Amy DeLuca and Sheila Lopez were re-elected to those posts, respectively. DeLuca is a lawyer and lives in Sheffield Village. She was elected to the board four years ago, after accepting an appointment to fill a board vacancy in June 2013. Her term runs until 2019.
“I am looking forward to serving as board president for the next year. As a district, we continue to make the best use of our valuable resources to offer quality education and opportunities to our students. I hope to continue to work with our staff and administrators to make the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City School District even better,” she said.
Lopez has deep roots in the community as a graduate of Brookside High School. She was active in parent groups while her three children went through the district. Her term is up this year.
Board members were appointed to represent the district at various district or education-related organizations. They set their meeting schedule and passed resolutions authorizing Superintendent Mike Cook and Treasurer Michael Pissini to conduct a number of fiscal and management tasks to support the
functioning of the district.
The board then held a budget hearing to approve the district’s tax budget for the fiscal year 2017-2018.
Finally, the board conducted its regular meeting. In addition to authorizing ordinary and customary actions like bill payments and personnel matters, the board accepted grants from the Nordson Corporation in the amount of $4,500 and Nord Family Foundation in the amount of $7,752. The funds will allow the district to purchase two interactive tables that encourage student learning and collaboration.
Cook offered an example of how interactive tables can be used, explaining younger students can learn how to use letters to create words. Funds will also be used to purchase books for incoming kindergarten classes. He explained books are being given to each student to help them begin to build a library at home.
The board also reviewed and authorized a field trip to France for Brookside High School students studying French. The trip will take place in June 2018 and will last 15 days.
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