Bucyrus Board of Education accepts grants for auditorium upgrades

The Bucyrus City School District Board of Education accepted grants from three non-profit organizations during the regular monthly meeting August 23. The grants were used to replace the stage curtains in the historic Bucyrus Elementary School auditorium.

Representatives from The Community Foundation for Crawford County, the Shunk Foundation and the Timken Foundation were in attendance and received a commendation from the Board of Education for their financial support of the district.

“This is an incredible example of the type of collaboration that can happen when community organizations share a vision to provide resources to help improve Bucyrus,” Superintendent Kevin Kimmel said. “I would like to thank the Community Foundation for Crawford County, the Shunk Foundation and the Timken Foundation for their unwavering support of the Bucyrus City School District.”

The project to replace the curtains was spearheaded by the Crawford County Community Concert Association. Director of Student Services Mr. John Massara and Bucyrus community member Mr. Tom Holtshouse wrote the grants to secure the funding for the project. Mr. Massara serves on the concert association board of directors, and Mr. Holtshouse is the President of the association’s board.

“The replacement of the curtains was no small undertaking,” Kimmel said. “I applaud the efforts of Mr. Massara and Mr. Holtshouse to finding creative ways to fund the project and see it through to completion.”

The board approved an agreement with the Ohio Arts Council to continue the Teach Arts Ohio program. Nancy Kangas and Vicki Murphy will both be working with students at Bucyrus Elementary School and Bucyrus Secondary School.

“We are fortunate to receive another year of grant funding from the Ohio Arts Council to continue the TeachArtsOhio program in our district,” Kimmel said. “The impact of the program is visible in the work our students are doing with Ms. Kangas and Ms. Murphy.”

The board also approved Superintendent Kimmel as the district’s representative for the Crawford County Business and Education Advisory Council, which is being rebuilt under the umbrella of the Crawford Partnership.

All other agenda items were approved as presented during the meeting. The next regular Bucyrus City School District Board of Education meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Administrative Center Thursday, September 27.