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BOE adopts rules to protect turf field

At its regular meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 8, the Central Valley Board of Education approved rules designed to protect the district’s new turf field.

At its regular meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 8, the Central Valley Board of Education approved rules designed to protect the district’s new turf field.

Superintendent Jeremy Rich explained that the rules represent a compilation of recommendations from the manufacturer and the installer, and the experiences of other districts that have turf fields. The goal, he said, was to prolong the life of the community’s investment in the field.

Other topics and actions included:

  • Transportation – CV and Birnie have met regarding transportation in the coming year. There will one more meeting to finalize plans. Rich said the plan would eliminate “holding tanks”—keeping students in the cafeteria to stagger dismissal.
  • School resource officer (SRO) – Superintendent will work with the mayors and police chiefs to establish the position(s). This is a unique situation because Central Valley is four schools spanning two municipalities. Those municipalities have different procedures, employee contracts, etc. The process will not be settled by Sept. 1, but will hopefully be in place by midyear.
  • Capital project – The goal is to be all facilities to be functional by the time school opens. Things will not be 100 percent complete, but spaces will be operational. When kids go home, contractors will come in and work on trim and items. For example, at Fisher, two gang bathrooms and a hallway (not used by kids) and Barringer Road is waiting on tile. At CVA, everything will be operational.
  • LEGO Robotics – Staff is working on a one-, three-, and five-year plan to ensure progression of program through the grades. Rich has recommended that the advisers become paid positions to reflect the importance of the program and the effort involved. The board approved stipends pending approval by the teachers union.
  • Non-resident policy – Rich asked the BOE to amend the current policy. He said because of space limitations caused by construction, he recommended denying any new requests for non-resident students. This will not affect existing non-resident students or teachers’ children. The board approved the change for the period Aug. 1, 2018-June 30, 2020 (until the completion of the district’s capital project in 2020). Under the change, the superintendent retains the right to weigh each request on a case-by-case basis.
  • Jarvis Middle School trips will continue – NY, Boston, Niagara Falls, Philadelphia. Jarvis assistant principal Jessica Bowman said the school is working to lower the cost of each trip and is exploring a scholarship process. The goal is for every student to attend who would like to.
  • The BOE will tour of Fisher, Barringer Road, and CVA at 5 p.m. on Sept. 19 prior to the BOE meeting. Board members asked for the tour to review the status of the work.