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Salem school forms going online

SALEM — Filling out all those necessary back-to-school forms for each child just got a little easier for Salem parents through an online form system called OneView.

Salem City Schools Curriculum Director Jamie Kemats gave school board members a quick introduction to the platform during their meeting Monday, which was their first in-person session in several months since the pandemic hit.

Superintendent Sean Kirkland said this new online form system addresses one of the biggest complaints they hear from parents, who get bogged down by all the paperwork they have to fill out when school starts, whether it’s who to contact in case of emergency or all the information required for school athletes. He said it becomes cumbersome.

With OneView, parents can go online, create an account and link to their child’s account to fill out the back-to-school forms and any athletic forms online, making the process a lot easier and guaranteeing that next year will be pretty much done unless they have to update any of the information, such as a change in address or phone number.

“We’re kind of making a one-stop shop for parents filling out forms,” Kemats said.

A parent herself of students, who are also athletes, Kemats accessed her own account to give board members an idea of how the system works. On the school website at salemquakers.k12.oh.us, just click on parent resources for the proper link or see the information on the home page about OneView. Login to the portal https://salem.esvportal.com/Login.aspx (Link can also be found under Parent Resources), create a parent account under parent/guardian with name, email address, alternate email and information, choose a PIN number, click register and begin. Just follow the prompts to do what’s needed.

So far, she estimated usage of this method at 40 percent, but would like to see the number at 100 percent.

“We’re encouraging all the parents to create an account,” Kemats said.

Kirkland said the district has already heard great comments from parents, including from board member Dianna Barley, who registered as a parent.

In his report to the board, Kirkland praised and credited all district staff for a smooth reopening to get students back in the buildings, reporting “not too many hiccups” with the restart, which also includes students learning remotely. Board President Carol Hrvatin also thanked the staff for all their work, with Barley adding “I think the kids are glad to be back in school.”

As part of the consent agenda, the board approved a memorandum of understanding with the Salem Education Association, which represents the teaching staff, recognizing in writing some of the changes made during the pandemic for teaching in person and remotely and the fact that duties will go back to normal when the pandemic is over. He was appreciative of the SEA’s willingness to do everything that’s been done to continue teaching during the pandemic.

The board also created an additional elementary bus route, which Kirkland said was necessary to spread students out a little more on the buses.

He thanked longtime bus driver Lori Davidson for her service to the district, noting that she was retiring after being off for a medical injury. He said she loved driving the kids and congratulated her on a job well done.

He also thanked the Salem Rotary and Dr. Pete Apicella for the donation of water bottles to each student in the district after hearing about the water bottle filling stations installed to replace water fountains. Personal protective equipment was also donated to help the school nurses.

In personnel matters, the board approved moving up teachers Renee Weeda, Catherine Knowlden, Julie Winn and Paula Wonner on the pay scale, hired Kathleen Reagan as a part-time school nurse, hired Cheryl Spielman as duty aide at Southeast and Megan Stockman as athletic secretary, approved certified and classified substitutes, approved volunteer worker Ardyth Sommers to assist school nurses, approved Brianne Severn, Ron Stratton, Ashley Klemann, Jen Pitts and Kellie Page as mentors to resident educators, approved Derek Frederick as eighth grade boys basketball coach and approved the list of volleyball tournament workers. Barley abstained since she was approved as a volunteer tournament worker.

The board also approved service agreements with GCL Education Services, the Mahoning County High School Governing Board, Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities, agreed to retain the services of a LEP Immigrant Family Liaison for students and families, and in a separate vote accepted a donation of $1,500 for a net system for high school volleyball from Frank and Glory Zamarelli. Board member Brittany Zamarelli abstained since those are her parents. She also abstained from the tournament workers vote.

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