December 21, 2014

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Clearview Schools students to get free breakfast, lunch

SHEFFIELD TWP. — All Clearview Schools students will receive free breakfasts and lunches when classes resume next week.

Board of Education members approved the expansion at their Monday meeting. The change is due to Clearview being classified a “low income” school district, according to Darlene Baker, food service supervisor.

About 71 percent of students received free or reduced lunches in the last school year, Baker said. About 39 percent of Clearview’s approximately 1,750 students were classified as “economically disadvantaged.”

Officials attributed the poverty rate to high open enrollment. At 33 percent, Clearview had the second-highest percentage of openly enrolled students in Ohio in the last school year, meaning they lived outside the four-square-mile district.

In a news release on Clearview’s website, Baker wrote that increased student participation in the school meals program run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture means more federal reimbursement money. That allows the district to buy more nutritious food and secures financial stability for the local meal program. Superintendent Jerome Davis said after the meeting that many school districts would like to offer free meals to all students but aren’t able to.

“Fortunately, we were able to do that this year,” he said. “It will have a very positive impact for not only our students, but our parents as well.”

In other business

Board members approved a new teachers’ union contract for the 104-member Clearview Education Association. A copy of the contract was unavailable Monday, but Davis said “step increases” — incremental raises based on academic qualifications and seniority — are reduced in the two-year pact.

The contract includes half-step increases per year, down from full steps per year in the previous contract. The contract contains no overall wage increases. The previous three-year contract contained a 1.75 percent raise in the first year and 2.25 percent increases in the second and third years.

Joel Gleason, association president, didn’t return calls Monday, but in January he accused Davis and Treasuer Sean Nuccio of communicating poorly with the union. However, Davis said contract negotiations, which he said took place over a six-day period in June, were cordial. “It wasn’t an us-versus-them type thing,” he said.

Board members approved the hiring of Vicky Timko as Durling Middle School assistant principal. Timko had worked for Lorain Schools since 1993, most recently as an academic instructor at Helen Steiner Rice Academy.

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