Board of Education Accepts Administrator's Retirement at the January meeting
Superintendent Jim Grubbs announced that after this school year, he will be retiring. “I am retired and was rehired, and I told them when they rehired me that I would stay for a year and a half, and that year and a half ends this school year on July 31st,” Grubbs said.
“With that said, I find it very difficult to leave a job that I absolutely love. I think that the community knows that I love my job and that I really give it my all. But for the district to have the opportunity to continue to move forward beyond my stay here, I think it’s important that we make sure we get the right person in place that has a lot of the same ideas and mindset in the direction that we’re headed. Them knowing now, it provides the school board the opportunity to make sure that we find that perfect person to do that. Galion will always have a special place in my heart because I feel that it is the best job I’ve ever had. I am so proud of our staff who has taken on a lot of change since I’ve been here and have endured a lot of work to help our district move in a different direction,” he continued.
“Our primary teachers were challenged 3, almost 4 years ago now, to forget everything they’ve known about how to teach reading and start over—they’ve done so and our numbers down there are just phenomenal. Now the same type of stuff is being done in the intermediate building; the midyear data that we have right now is better than any end of the year data that we’ve ever had. I am so impressed; our data now has doubled some of our end of the year scores that we’ve had before. We’ve also put in programming in our district that can attract students to come here and stay here with GECA, Galion Early College Academy, and that allows you to get your Associate’s Degree right here at Galion, and we are the only school in the area, if not the state that is eligible to do that,” Grubbs said of some of the academic changes that have come about since he started at Galion in 2015.
The position for superintendent will be posted within the coming weeks so that the board may begin the process finding someone new for the next school year.
At the board meeting, high school students were honored for being students of the month from September-November, and one student was chosen per grade. For September, the value was determination and the students (from freshman to senior) were Kiera Barnhart, Matthew Gimbel, Zachary Grimes, and Eleanor Chandler. For October, the habit was responsibility and the students were Holden Gabriel, Clayton Yost, Rebecca Sparks, and Caleb Strack. For November, the value was kindness and the students were Jace Kiser, Brooke Kelly, Aryona Hasibar, and Damontae Adams. For December, the value was honesty and the students were Tobias Nasipak, Andy Sparks, Kaisey Speck, and Kaila Davis.
The board accepted a $3000 sponsorship from Avita to be used to purchase items to be used in the Galion High School Athletic Department. They also accepted $100 from the staff at Firelands Federal Credit Union and $1695.95 from the Galion PTO to be put towards negative lunch balances. The Arthur J. Freese Foundation donated $9500 to the school for handrails in the high school gym, and there was an anonymous donation of $300 for middle school hygiene supplies. The board is very thankful to those who donate and who continue to support the Galion City School District.
The board accepted the resignation of high school secretary Sherri McMullen, effective January 5, 2019. McMullen will now serve as the Transportation Supervisor at the new bus garage, effective as of January 6, 2019.
There will be a ribbon cutting for the new bus garage on January 21 at 9:00am.
The final read of the 2020-2021 calendar has been held, and the calendar will soon be posted—graduation will be on May 23, and the last day will be May 26, so students will be done by Memorial Day.