YORK TWP. — The Buckeye school board has been working to make the district safer for students and teachers by addressing building security, and now members are working on safety at the volunteer level.
“Obviously safety is a big focus right now for all public schools,” Superintendent Kent Morgan said the board meeting Monday night. “We wanted to make sure that we are providing safe parent volunteers for out students.”
After the meeting, Morgan explained that previously the district didn’t have any set regulations to screen volunteers, but now plans to have different requirements for various volunteer levels.
For example, those who wish to volunteer in the classroom for parties and other small activities wouldn’t require a background check because they would be under the supervision of a staff member or teacher.
However, those who want to assist with school field trips would need to pass a background check.
There are several options when it comes to a background check and the board still is working to choose which one would be best for Buckeye.
As far as building security, the district this summer hired Strongsville-based Redshift Technology to handle updates in the alarm system and to add security measures on external doors.
In addition to school safety, the board also discussed replacing instruments for the high school band.
“A lot of our instruments have quite a number of years on them,” Morgan said.
Morgan said the board typically spends about $10,000 a year on the band and this goes toward various needs. For example, a few years ago the money was used to buy new uniforms for the first time in more than two decades.
Boosters also pay for much of what the band needs.
“For years we have made the boosters pay for things that we should have paid for,” board member Jon Stahl said.
Band director Greg King provided the board with a list of band instruments, when they were purchased and their cost.
The board will work with King to determine what new instruments will be purchased.
“We realize that we have some aging instruments,” Morgan said.