Two Union City Area High School students have been named to the National Honor Society for the Erie County Technical School.

Union City Area Middle-High School Principal Melissa Tomcho and Union City School Board member Stephen Gilbert, who represents Union City on the Erie County Technical School’s Joint Operating Committee, made the announcement during the board’s Nov. 5 Committee-of-the-Whole meeting.

The two students are Misty Myers, who is studying graphic communications, and Leanna McChesney, who is studying tourism and hospitality management.

In other business, Superintendent Matthew Bennett said he would like to find out the cost for a building that would house a new concession stand and restrooms. 

In recent months, a group of Union City residents, in conjunction with the Union City Community Foundation and the Union City School District Foundation, launched a grass roots effort to raise funds to make improvements to the district’s outdoor sports complex, including the concession stand and restrooms. The group, known as the Union City Sports Complex Committee (UCSCC), has been collaborating with district administrators and school board members to research needs.

Bennett asked the board about putting the concession stand/restrooms project out to bid. The board does not take any action at Committee-of-the-Whole meetings; therefore, a decision would be made at a regular board meeting.

Bennett also said the district would release students two hours early two days in November so teachers will have time to meet with parents and also clean, in addition to the daily cleaning and cleaning by the maintenance staff.

“That will give our teachers more time to learn about technology, communicate with parents and do deep cleanings we want to get done,” Bennett said.

Following the Committee-of-the Whole meeting, the board held a special meeting.

Under co-curricular, the board approved Andy Dylon as assistant wrestling coach at a stipend of $5,357. Dylon was previously approved as a volunteer wrestling coach.

The board also approved Alexander Bowes as the assistant swim coach at a stipend of $3,052, pending receipt of his remaining employment documents.

The board also approved:

  • the updated Health and Safety Plan, including for fall sports. The updated plan is on the district’s website.
  • an emergency instruction time plan. The plan provides flexibility to meet minimum instructional time requirements in the event of an emergency, such as a snow day, that prevents a school entity from providing for the attendance of all pupils or usual hours of classes at the school entity, according to the plan.
  • “We have that technology to utilize, and that way we won’t need to be having snow makeup days, which people will like when planning their vacation,” Bennett said. 
  • a budgetary transfer from the General Fund to the Capital Improvement Fund in the amount of $1.5 million, effective at the close of the 2019-20 school year on June 30 and to modify the respective fund balances to reflect the transfer. The transfer was made to complete closing the books for the school year ending June 30, 2020.

In addition to Gilbert, board members who were present at the meeting were George Trauner, Lori Lewis, Douglas Hopson, Dr. Barbara Miller, David Robinson and Kimberle Thomas.

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