Several residents asked members of the West Geauga Board of Education on Monday to make a decision soon regarding the former school property that has stood idle since the Newbury district became part of West G more than a year ago.

Matthew Parker of Russell said he drives his children “all over the place” taking them to the school district’s sports and arts programs. 

“I would love it if my kids knew they had a place where most of the arts and sports would be at,” Mr. Parker told board members during their regular meeting. Quick action is in order, he said.

The Newbury property includes buildings and land that once was home to that district before it was transferred at the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year.

Newbury township trustees and the West Geauga Local School District have been engaged in talks about what to do with the property for many months.

“Please do what you can,” Mr. Parker asked the board. “Do what’s in your power, if only for the selfish reason of saving me gas.”

Several resolutions were passed during the meeting.

The payment of fiscal warrants for August 2021 and the permanent appropriations for the fiscal year 2022 were approved.

Personnel resolutions approved were to approve certified stipends for work outside of the 2021-2022 contractual year, to approve certified long-term substitute agreement, to approve supplemental contracts for the 2021-2022 school year, to approve a service contract for the 2021-2022 school year, to authorize service contracts for the 2021-2022 school year and to approve additional transportation route assignments for the 2021-2022 school year.

The business resolution for a student transportation agreement between education alternatives and West Geauga schools for the 2021-2022 school year was approved.

Certified and classified substitute teacher lists were approved for the 2021-2022 school year.

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