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NL students ask that school year not start until after Lorain County Fair

By ELLEN SIMMONS • Nov 23, 2017 at 5:00 PM

NEW LONDON — Monday’s board of education meeting agenda focused on student activities, including a report from several students about accompanying honor trips to Washington DC in the summer.

They shared memorable moments from the trip and said what a privilege it was to get to know veterans from around the county. Teachers Misty Ebinger and Lance Kinsey accompanied the students.

Several 4-H members requested school not start until after the end of the Lorain County Fair, which is Aug. 20 to 26 in 2018. Brothers Wyatt and Oliver Harrison read letters to the board explaining how important the fair is to them.

Board members were told as many as 80 to 100 students are involved in this fair each year.

Superintendent Brad Romano explained the calendar process.

Board president Ken Long added: “I am sure the board will take this request under consideration.”

Members learned three student “Super Cats” will be honored each month and the first of these were introduced—Katie Kayser for the elementary, Wyatt Harrison for the middle school and Amayah Durham for the high school. They each received a gift certificate.

The board approved first reading of three policies including non-union support staff hours and overtime, transportation of students in board-owned vehicles and the gifted education program. The resignation of mechanic John Mikalacki was accepted and Tim Carbone was appointed to the position.

Discussion items included the cafeteria budget, new instruments for the music department, transportation and attendance. Also, Gary Landis’ term ends in December and the board will be taking letters of interest from anyone who wants to fill that vacancy.

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