A strong partnership between schools and community organizations will continue through the 2016-2017 school year. The Bucyrus City School District Board of Education approved a memorandum of understanding with Community Counseling Services in Bucyrus during the regular monthly meeting August 25.
The partnership gives students at both the Bucyrus Elementary and Secondary Schools the opportunity to work with therapists from Community Counseling Services, Inc. The staff also plays a key role in working with students connected with Wrap Around services.
“Cindy Wallis and the staff of Community Counseling think outside the box to come up with unconventional solutions that might help to remove barriers our students and families face,” Bucyrus Superintendent Kevin Kimmel said. “We have great partnerships with many community organizations, and our relationship with Community Counseling Services, Inc. will continue to have a tremendously positive impact on our students, their families and our staff.”
The board also heard a presentation from Food Services General Manager Lorie Pennington about the 2015-2016 Nutrition Standards Report. The report was a result of an evaluation by Pennington and a nutritional specialist from the Ohio Department of Education of all the competitive food and beverages sold in the schools.
“All food and beverages sold by the food service department were found to be in compliance with the school district’s nutritional standards, Ohio Senate Bill 210 and the USDA’s ‘Smart Snacks’ guidelines,” Pennington said. “Our department utilized the Alliance for a Healthier Generation ‘Smart Snack’ evaluation tool on all products served a la carte during the school day.”
The Board of Education also approved a measure that makes the district a Community and Employer Partner with the new formed Crawford Works program. Crawford Works is a new non-profit organization that has been created for the purpose of assisting all willing and capable individuals with advancing to economic self- sufficiency through employment.
“We’re excited to be a partner with the new Crawford Works program in the county,” Kimmel said. “This is a no cost organization for the district as a Community and Employer Partner and job seekers who want to work their way out of poverty. It’s a huge win for our district and our community.”
All personnel and business items were passed as presented on the agenda. The Board then discussed a new policy related to school counselor evaluations.
The next regular Bucyrus City School District Board of Education meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Administrative Center Thursday, September 29.