Delaware News

New time, familiar venue for Big Walnut board meetings


The Big Walnut school board will move its meetings back to the high school this year and change the time of its regular monthly meeting to 6:30 p.m. from 7 p.m.

Last year, the board held its meetings at the new middle school.

Board members said they thought the new building was more accessible and parking was better.

However, all five board members agreed during an organizational meeting Monday, Jan. 14, that the high school -- where meetings had been held for about 15 years -- has a cozier setting in the library/communications center and the acoustics in that room are better.

Some of the meetings in 2012 had to be held in the large commons area at the middle school, where it was hard to hear people talk, board members said.

Board member Pamula Lillie said she prefers the setting at the high school because it's "a little bit more intimate."

Lillie and Superintendent Steve Mazzi said moving the starting time of regular meetings up by a half-hour also would be an improvement, allowing staff, students and parents to better schedule their time.

"A lot of school activities are at 7 or 7:30 (p.m.)," Lillie said.

"I think a half-hour makes a big difference," Mazzi said. "I would probably prefer that time."

The next regular meeting is set for Feb. 11.

Also during the organizational meeting, Allison Fagan was elected board president and Mindy Meyer was named vice president.

In the regular meeting that followed, board members approved a new calendar for the 2013-14 school year, during which school will start a week earlier than in the past.

"Obviously, from an academic standpoint, starting a week earlier allows us to align (secondary school) mid-term exams prior to the break," said Assistant Superintendent Gary Barber. "Obviously, we think that could help student performance."

"It seems like a lot earlier, but it's only a week," Fagan said.

School will start Aug. 14 in the 2013-14 school year. The last day of school will be May 28. Graduation is set for May 17.