Safety heroes

Students who won a contest about why their bus driver was a safety hero were recognized during the Nov. 20 school board meeting. The students include (left to right) Trey Powers, Luka Marenoski, Caleigh Rankin, Adriana D’Amico, Cora Mercer, Skylyn Tinay and Sophia Maher. Not pictured are Brad Stawicki, Ellaina Bazzo and Emma Anderson.

YORK TOWNSHIP – The Buckeye Local School Board recognized students and bus drivers during the Nov. 20 school board meeting and later heard about ways to raise school spirit at the high school.

As part of National Bus Safety Week, students were invited to write or draw a picture about why they think their bus driver is a safety hero, said Greg Pollock, director of operations. The students recognized include Trey Powers, Luka Marenoski, Caleigh Rankin, Adriana D’Amico, Cora Mercer, Skylyn Tinay and Sophia Maher, Brad Stawicki, Ellaina Bazzo and Emma Anderson.

The drivers featured in the project include Renee Manross, Kevin Capela, Jeff Miller, Tina Nash, Steve Temple, Rick Urbansky and Laura Petek.

Several bus drivers were also recognized for taking first place in the regional Road-e-o school bus drivers contest in October. Driver Aaron Gaebelein was a state qualifier who won seventh in the state competition, while Tiffany McDonald won Rookie of the Year at regionals.

“The contest helps to build skills and help learn what your bus can and cannot do,” said Temple, a former state champion himself.

Gaebelein said he narrowly missed a target while backing up during the contest, which put him into seventh

Members of the Buckeye Garden Club were recognized for receiving a State of Ohio Students Achievement Award. The club also presented during the recent Ohio School Boards Association Conference in Columbus.

Students of the month were also recognized, including Nathan Seward and Gabrielle Glancy at the high school, Cori Anderson at the junior high, Paige Knittel at the intermediate school and Joseph Stahl at the primary school.

Later in the meeting, the Wilma Bunch Employees of the Year were also recognized. They include high school guidance counselor Amanda Hogue and Patti Simmerly, junior high secretary.

School spirit

Kevin Jakub, high school principal, showed the board some mockups of proposed banners and other decorations throughout the building, both in common areas and in hallways. Increasing school spirit was named as a goal in the district’s strategic plan in addition to having more consistent branding of the Buckeye colors and logo.

“This is a way to bring some energy to our hallways,” Jakub said.

Any improvements would cost under $5,000; these efforts also include revitalizing sports trophy cases and creating new displays for student academic achievement, he said.

Jakub also showed a copy of the Buckeye Blast, a new digital newsletter distributed to parents.

Career Center Board

Ken Barco, who represents the district on the nine-member Medina County Career Center Board, said he wishes to resign his post at the end of the year after serving five years; he said he is term-limited after six years.

Five years ago, changes to state law required the board’s members to have a business background in order to serve. After this change, Barco the board had eight new members, most of whom never served on the board before.

While the board can appoint a community member, Barco said he would like to have an elected board member serve if possible due to the MCCC’s board having taxing authority.

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