LIMA – The Bath School Board has met to publicly discuss and make decisions on matters related to the school district and to ensure that district administration is aligned with the needs and priorities of the community.
Bath High School Principal Cam Staley briefed the Board of Directors on some of the results of some of the new initiatives being used in the high school this school year. The school suspension program is being used with positive results. Out-of-school suspensions have dropped from 64 the previous year to just 13 this year.
Staley also explained to the board of directors that there would be a project called Lead The Way that would improve the STEM curriculum for students. Instructor Tia Sherrick is in training to share the STEM curriculum with high school students and teachers.
The School Board has approved the purchase of Clevertouch smart panels for elementary, middle and high schools for a total of $331,114. The K-12 School Safety Grant will fund $284,725 and the remaining $48,389 will be paid from ARP ESSER funds. Clevertouch interactive display panels have unique features, including the ability to send emergency notifications and announcements throughout the school building via the media from personal communication devices. The Clevertouch remote control software allows you to send emergency messages to each panel.
The school board also heard from superintendent Richard Dakin about a master plan for the future of bath schools. When the elementary school was built, the focus was on replacing the middle and high schools. Being proactive, the master plan currently has several options that the board of directors will consider. The first option is to build a new building 6-12 across the street where the football fields are located. Another option would be to build a new school on the site of the current baseball and softball fields. This plan will be developed with the participation of the community and the help of architects, so when funding becomes available, the board will be ready to act.
Contact Dean Brown at 567-242-0409.