The Kenston Board of Education on Monday issued a commendation to Timmons Elementary School staff members Kathleen Bower, Holly Gedeon, Eileen Kubas and Linda Nutter for receiving the Ohio Department of Education’s Purple Star designation.

On Sept. 29, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria announced that 37 Ohio schools received the Purple Star award this school year, which recognizes a school’s demonstrated commitment to serving students and families connected to the United States armed forces and Ohio National Guard.

Timmons Elementary Principal Dave Rogaliner congratulated the staff members. “The commitment by Purple Star-designated buildings and districts is important as we understand the sacrifices that members of our armed services make each day, and the impact that it may have on a child within that family.”

To meet the Purple Star Award requirements, schools must designate a liaison between military-connected students and their families and the school. The liaison works with teachers to support the military-connected students in their classrooms and ensure that military families and students have access to necessary considerations and resources.

Second grade teacher Mrs. Nutter, a ROTC Army first lieutenant (honorably discharged), completed the Military Child in Ohio’s Schools course and serves as a liaison for military-connected students and their families. 

“Linda organizes the Veteran’s Day program for our third-graders where many veterans come to the building and share in the experiences of serving in our nation’s military,” Mr. Rogaliner said. “I’m certainly grateful to the teachers here for being so instrumental in providing that education for our students and passing that on about the freedoms for our country, so thank you so much for your work.”

In other board business, the board approved the memorandum of understanding with Kenston Education Association regarding the instruction model for school year 2020-2021.

Also approved was an agreement with Education Service Center-Western Reserve for educational services and excess costs for 12 students attending the STARS program at an estimated cost not to exceed $504,577.

The board also approved contract services with the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio for their positive educational program for two students at a cost not to exceed $94,600 for the 2020-2021 school year.

The meeting was broadcast virtually as the board continues taking appropriate measures to suspend public participation during the pandemic.

The next regular school board meeting will be held Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

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