Bullying continues to be a topic of concern for some Grandview Heights City Schools parents.

Bullying continues to be a topic of concern for some Grandview Heights City Schools parents.

Six parents spoke during the April 16 school board meeting to stress their concerns to district leadership.

After one parent read a prepared statement regarding the district's policy and alleged lack of effectiveness, other parents added to the discussion.

"I'm still having parents come to me and tell me things that prove things are still not working," said parent Gabrielle Kelly, who along with parent Holly Hahn led a small group last school year to raise awareness of the issue in the district.

Kelly said many of the stories shared with her were disturbing.

"I really feel this can be fixed," Kelly said.

Parent Marianne Lombardo said she would like to see a specific multidisciplinary task force to work together to help solve the district's bullying issues.

Michelle Peterson, another parent, raised concerns that bullying data listed on the district's website, grandviewschools.org, is not accurate.

Peterson asked how many online reports were filed and who decided if they were ultimately recorded as bullying incidents.

District Superintendent Ed O'Reilly said 13 reports have been made since online reporting began last school year and building administrators along with him decided which ones were deemed bullying under the district's policy.

There has been only one reported incident of bullying so far this school year, according to the district website. Five reports were filed during the 2010-11 school year, according to the site.

While the parents voiced concerns and offered some possible solutions, they did not blame the district but rather asked where they can help.

"What can we do?" Hahn asked. "Put us to work."

Hahn said the parents are willing to do what it takes to rid the community of bullying.

"We want to help with these problems," Hahn said. "Point us in a direction."

Board President Grant Douglass assured the parents that changes to the district's new policy and procedures are in the works.

"At the end of the day, all of us are parents," Douglass said.

Board Vice President Katie Clifford said she will work with administrators to develop procedures.

"The goal is for the process not to be disciplinary driven," Clifford said. "The goal is for it to be educationally driven."

The district is revising its anti-bullying policy to meet requirements under Ohio House Bill 116, the Jessica Logan Act, this year, O'Reilly said during a March 13 meeting with parents to discuss bullying.

The provisions of HB 116 will go into effect Nov. 4.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 15 in the Brotherhood of Rooks Media Center at Grandview Heights High School, 1587 W. Third Ave.