The Dublin City School District Board of Education held its last regularly scheduled meeting of the year Dec. 8 and among the agenda items were task force updates.

The Dublin City School District Board of Education held its last regularly scheduled meeting of the year Dec. 8 and among the agenda items were task force updates.

Rick Weininger, a Dublin board member and chairman of the Facilities Task Force, told the board that representatives from Garmann/Miller will formally present architectural and engineering findings at the Jan. 12 board meeting.

The firm has been reviewing the district's elementary schools to determine which ones would be best for adding additional classroom space.

A design team for the project is expected to be chosen by the board at its Jan. 26 meeting.

The Middle School Schedule Task Force reviewed results from a survey given to middle school teachers.

Dustin Miller, Dublin's director of secondary education and chairman of the task force, said teachers expressed a need to have a schedule that gives students an opportunity in related arts and provides easy access to multiple grade level courses.

The schedule should also not pit courses against one another.

Teachers also suggested offering more purposeful meeting times between students and teachers outside of class.

The task force will be releasing a survey to middle school parents to hear their feedback.

They will also be scheduling community nights at each middle school in January.

In regard to the Staffing Plan Task Force, board member Chris Valentine explained the task force has been working with the Gifted Education, Facilities and Middle School Schedule task forces to discuss future staffing needs.

The task force also discussed staffing for the Review of Educational Service Center for Central Ohio.

Other matters

• The board accepted a $9,375 donation from the Chapman Elementary School PTO to be used to purchase 25 iPads for the school.

• Golden Shamrock awards were presented to Jamie Riley, a librarian at Pinney Elementary School, and to Cathy Rodenheffer, an intervention specialist at Davis Middle School.

Those who nominated Riley described her as "positively impacting every K-5 student" and "being a fun and motivational colleague."

Parents said Riley "reinvented the library" and now "students enjoy the library."

When Riley accepted the award, she thanked those who nominated her, saying, "As teachers, we often don't get to hear how people feel about us and it is very nice to be so appreciated."

When Davis' Assistant Principal Ali Moore introduced Rodenheffer, he read that one person wrote in the nomination, "I'm a better teacher and person because I know her."

Parents said she has "angelic patience" and is "a perfect example of what a teacher should be."

• The board also recognized Scioto High School nurse Heidi Wess and School Resource Officer Brian Nimmo for "exemplary service in a medical emergency."

Scioto Principal Bob Scott, described how on Nov. 25, the head custodian at the school suffered a "massive heart attack" and collapsed.

Wess and Nimmo immediately came to his aid and began chest compressions and used the automated external defibrillator machine twice.

"Their calmness was exemplary," Scott said.

"It was a miracle that these two stepped in at the right moment," he said.

"We can't thank them enough," Scott said.

They received a standing ovation from the audience.

• The Dublin Coffman girls soccer team was recognized for being the state tournament runner-up.

• It was also announced this will be the last board meeting with paper agendas.

Next year, the board will use BoardDocs to offer digital agendas.

There were about 100 people in attendance at the start of the meeting.

Board Member Scott Melody and Board Vice President Stu Harris did not attend.