2020 School Board Recognition Month

January 22, 2020

Along with 700 other school districts across the state of Ohio, the Galion City Schools celebrated School Board Recognition month.

School board members serve as a link between the school and the community, and are important to how a school functions. They are responsible for a wide variety of things, such as authorizing the purchasing of classroom materials, to approving renovations or new buildings, to handling the budget for the school, to establishing policies that provide framework for the school, and hiring the employees who work in that district.

“I’ve said this to a lot of other superintendents around our area that I feel that I have the best board around because they really understand their role and I do not feel that any of them have a personal agenda. I feel that all of them have the school district as a whole as their main interest, and they’re not here to push their agenda. I think that having a school board that is like that is just awesome for a superintendent because I have talked to a lot of superintendents and they feel that they have board members who they feel maybe are there to push them to do certain things in certain ways. Our board does not tend to do that,” Grubbs said of the board.

“Also, their support in many of the ideas that we bring to them, for example, ELA (English Language Arts) program at the primary is a lot of money, and they approve those types of things. Without their support and approving programming like that—approving for us to have our teachers who teach CCP (college credit plus) classes, approving to have the joint venture with North Central State College to make the Galion Early College Academy (GECA) possible because without those school board members, none of that happens. Again, we are very fortunate to have a very supportive school board and I think that is part of what makes this job so nice,” he continued.

The Galion board of education members include Grant Garverick, who has been on the board since 2016; Dennis Long, who has been on the board since 2008; Brian Owens, who has been on the board since 2012; Michael Mateer, who has been on the board since 2018; and Debra Donaldson, who has been on the board since 2018.

“I talk about the other superintendents because I hear them sometimes complain about something their school board did, and not once in 5 years have I ever had a reason to complain about our school board. We have a very good one, and I appreciate all the work they do as well because many times as a school board member, people don’t understand that they’re kind of like a sounding board in the community, so very few times does someone walk up and say how proud they are of something, but rather ask about or complain about anything negative. The members tend to hear a lot of negativity and they have to be able to filter that to be able to bring that to me in a way that is ‘can you look into this’ vs. ‘you need to deal with this’ and they do a great job of filtering and informing me of concerns that the community may have,” Jim said.

At the January board meeting, board members were given a goody bag from the primary students, a ‘thank you’ video from the intermediate staff and students, a signed ‘thank you’ poster from the middle school, and a card from the high school.

At the boys basketball game against Marion Harding on Friday, January 17th, the school board members were honored for all of their hard work and dedication to the Galion City School District. Members present were Grant Garverick, Mike Mateer, and Dennis Long.

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