Graham board adopts communication guidelines

By Casey S. Elliott -

ST. PARIS – Graham Local Schools board now has code of conduct and belief statements to guide its members.

The statements were approved at the Aug. 8 board meeting.

The statements were developed as part of the district’s strategic plan, which was adopted at the July board meeting. Both statements are “action steps” needed to meet a goal of the plan, to improve both internal and external communication, Superintendent Kirk Koennecke said.

“Our board members believe communicating involves modeling professional governance behaviors and having team expectations in place for the health of our organization. I applaud them for taking time to reflect on what good governance means, and putting these values in place for the public to see,” he said.

The statements are new to the board, Koennecke said.

The board also approved a strategic communication plan at its meeting. The plan is part of another goal in the overall strategic plan, to communicate more effectively with district stakeholders, Koennecke said.

“The communication plan provides a philosophy for the public to see that we are going to be proactive and intentional about sharing our story at Graham, celebrating our progress, and connecting with community,” he said.

Koennecke added the statements and new communications plan are already helping the district meet objectives in the overall strategic plan.

In other action, the board:

•Approved minutes and financial statements.

•Accepted a $71.74 donation from Ohio Pyle Prints, Inc. to the school district.

•Accepted the resignation of bus driver Aaron Christman, effective Aug. 1, 2016.

•Approved one-year limited teaching contracts for the 2016-17 school year.

•Approved amending Beth Maniaci’s teaching contract from .5 to 1.0 FTE, effective the 2016-17 school year.

•Approved hiring Pep Band Director and Instrumental Music Director Justin Cooper for the 2016-17 school year.

•Approved one-year limited substitute contracts for the 2016-17 school year.

•Approved hiring Boys Varsity Golf Head Coach Tom Milligan; amending James Pence’s contract to reflect Assistant Head (7th) MS Football Coach; Assistant Head (8th) MS Football Coach Douglas Braun; Assistant (8th) MS Football Coach Kevin Fritts; and MS Student Council and Club Advisor Amy Wilcoxon.

•Approved increasing substitute teacher daily pay rate from $85 to $95.

By Casey S. Elliott

Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.

Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.

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