4th grader shares letter from Kasich at meeting


BELOIT – The West Branch school board Thursday night recognized a fourth-grade student who wrote to Gov. John Kasich regarding the Knox Township flooding problem and received a response.

Camdyn Schatz, who was in the third grade when she wrote a letter, shared the response from Kasich during the school board meeting. Camdyn wrote the letter as part of a class project the previous school year following a program presented by the Knox Township trustees regarding the flooding issue, which frequently closes roadways across the township.

Knox Township Trustee Gregg Carver said the school is offered programs from the township each year and last year the third-grade classes learned about the flooding problem on Knox Township roadways. He said the students made posters and wrote letters to their governmental representatives.

Kasich responded to Camdyn’s letter, saying that the issue has been shared with other state agencies such as the department of natural resources.

“I’m proud of all the students at West Branch…all in all they do a good job,” Carver said. “It’s an honor to help the kids when they are willing to learn.”

Also at the meeting, parent and fellow educator Amanda Zion shared concerns that the fee charged against students for the 1:1 Chromebook initiative is unlawful and singles out students who are not participating in the program. She said law prohibits charging students for access to equipment used for class curriculum and that students who are not using the Chromebooks have not had access to technology they had previously to the implementation of the 1:1 initiative.

In other business, the board recalled Victoria Cosma and Lori Hite from a reduction in force as aides; hired Catherine Clizbe to provide intensive reading services and Linda Milliken on the retire-rehire provision as a bus/van driver; approved as AmeriCorps tutors Rae (Sue) Dattilio, Sierra Lacivita, Corrie Bain and Hunter Gillingham; and granted a supplemental a contract to Rachelle Ring for middle school power of the pen. The board also accepted the resignation of Melissa Brown as an aide.

Additionally, the board approved the FFA to travel to the national convention Oct. 25 through 28 in Indianapolis, Ind., and the eighth grade to travel to Washington D.C. May 16 through 18; and accepted a three-year contract with Coca Cola to provide soft drinks to the district.

The board also accepted donations of $608 in services for baseball and football fields from Smith Landscaping, $853 from the West Branch Athletic Boosters for the West Branch Athletics, $100 anonymously for the Damascus Elementary Backpack supplies, $100 anonymously for high school family and consumer sciences, $2,969 from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Grant to Damascus Elementary, $2,552.34 from the Damascus PIE for Damascus Elementary field trips and 100 used desktop computers and 90 used laptop computers from the J.M. Smucker Company to the district.