Football camp will net $60,000 for schools
Dublin City Schools will get $60,000 in rental fees when the Football University Top Gun camp is held at Jerome High School in July.
Dublin Board of Education members last week approved a contract for the football camp to use Jerome High School facilities July 17-24.
"This is an event we've been working with the DCVB for several months," business affairs director Annette Morud told board members Dec. 10.
"It really was a team effort to bring Football University here," Superintendent David Axner said. "The (Dublin Convention and) Visitors Bureau knew it would bring a lot of people to Dublin."
Football University holds several regional camps throughout the country and plans to hold one at Dublin Scioto High School in June. The board has yet to approve the contract for that camp.
The July event is for the best 1,500 high and middle school football players in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Morud said 750 middle school players will be at Jerome High School for three days and 750 high school players will receive training for three days as well.
"They'll use all of the Jerome site," Morud said, adding that all fields and some classrooms will be used.
Some field upgrades will be needed for the camp, Morud said, and the DCVB and city have both committed $2,000 for the work. The district will also contribute $2,000 for the work, which will include more fertilizer, seed and aerating than usual.
The money from the school rental will go into the district's turf fund, Morud said.
Board members also approved the Central Ohio Compact Resolution Dec. 10.
The compact, put together by Columbus State Community College, is being approved by other schools and colleges in the area to improve college preparation, increase the amount of people who have a post-secondary degree and create a highly-skilled workforce in central Ohio.
One of the main goals, outlined by Columbus State President David Harrison in a visit to Dublin last month, is to increase the amount of central Ohioans with a post-secondary credential to 60 percent by 2025.
Five Coffman High School students were also recognized for perfect ACT scores last week.
Seniors Leon Cai, Lorena Grundy, Drake Thomas, Preethi Chidambaram and junior Rohit Joshi were all honored for scoring 36 on the ACT.
Coffman principal Mike Ulring said the five students do a fantastic job at school every day and are great to be around.
Two Dublin City School teachers were honored with Golden Shamrock Awards during the Dec. 10 meeting.
Olde Sawmill Elementary School Principal Tyler Wolfe said guidance counselor Rhonda Hanks is an instrumental staff member who "builds positive relationships with people in the building." In addition to raising money for holiday giving, Hanks also takes time to eat lunch with students and help them through hard times, he said.
According to Davis Middle School teacher Brian Lidle, guidance counselor Suzanne Hicks is the person you seek out when you have a problem.
Hicks recognized as a person who takes students seriously and makes a difference in the community as a board member of Welcome Warehouse.