North Baltimore AD stepping down

By ERIC SCHAADT
STAFF WRITER

NORTH BALTIMORE — The North Baltimore school board is searching for a new athletic director.

The resignation of Bradlee Rowlinson was accepted Tuesday by the board, effective July 1. He has been athletic director since about 2006, school officials said.

Rowlinson will continue to serve as cross country coach and intends to return to the classroom as a math teacher, according to school officials.

Separately, the board is developing a plan to make up school days lost to bad weather.

But first, school officials are waiting to hear if the state Legislature will allow more calamity days. Under current law, school districts are allowed five calamity days per school year, which do not have to be made up.

North Baltimore has canceled classes because of bad weather 11 times this winter, according to Superintendent Marlene North.

A maximum of three days can be made up via online lessons or “blizzard bags” with instructions sent home with students during spring break.

Additional makeup dates will be added to the end of the school year.

Separately, North Baltimore will continue its “bring your own device policy” for students in grades seven to 12.

Under this policy, students can use their electronic devices, such as cellphones and tablets, in school for classwork under certain restrictions.

A pilot program last winter for students was “well received,” according to high school Principal Bob Falkenstein.

He wants to expand the policy.

“I want to move more curriculum online,” he said. “I’m very excited and anticipate good things with this program.”

Separately, North will request a drawing of a new athletic field for the new middle school/high school site.

“This is only potential. It’s just a rendering,” the superintendent told the board.

Fundraising and a timeline for constructing the field also must be considered, according to school officials.

Separately, the school board with the help of the Ohio School Boards Association intends to begin screening and then interviewing candidates for district superintendent.

North is retiring in June.

In other business, the school board:

• Held a closed executive session for the stated purpose of discussing personnel issues.
• Retained Greg Bishop as varsity football coach.
• Heard a recent charity basketball game with the ABC All-Stars netted $4,057 to help pay for new band uniforms.

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