By ERIC SCHAADT
NORTH BALTIMORE — New varsity head basketball coaches for the girls and boys teams were hired Tuesday by the North Baltimore school board.
Adam Burris will lead the girls squad, taking the reins from Greg Frost.
“We’re excited” about the next season, Burris told the school board.
John Kloepfer will replace Jon Eichar as the boys basketball coach.
Separately, Superintendent Marlene North said an anonymous donor again has stepped forward to pay for some school supplies during the next school year for students in grades pre-school through sixth.
This marks the sixth consecutive year for the donation.
“What wonderful support this is for our students and their families to have this financial piece provided for them,” North said.
Separately, surveys have been reviewed concerning “blizzard bags” which were sent home with students during the brutal winter.
Blizzard bags provided class materials for students to make up calamity days at home after the district exceeded the state’s limit.
About 100 parents returned surveys and 67 percent indicated the bags “were not a good idea,” school officials said.
Of all other options, 80 percent favored making up calamity days during spring break.
Of the 49 school staff who filled out surveys, 69 percent favored using blizzard bags again.
No decision has been made concerning using blizzard bags again.
“I will pass the information on to our new superintendent (Ryan Delaney) to utilize as he sees best for upcoming years,” said North, who is retiring next month.
In other business, the school board:
- Held a closed executive session for the stated purpose of discussing employee matters.
- Renewed its membership with the Ohio High School Athletic Association at no cost to the board for the 2014-15 school year.
- Accepted a $1,500 donation from the North Baltimore American Legion toward the Academic Honors Program.
- Approved a donation from Sharon Sweet for sixth-grade graduation cakes estimated at $150.
- Thanked Cygnet Turf for use of its equipment to prepare the practice football field.
- Approved a bid from Cardinal Bus Sales for an 84-passenger handicapped transit bus for $93,798.
- Appropriated $42,075 for summer maintenance and improvements slated during June and July.
- Heard that elementary graduation will be held at 7 p.m. today at Powell Elementary School.
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