DANVILLE — The Danville school community is rallying around to support one of its own — Ally Grubaugh. The 12-year-old has been diagnosed with a rare disease called adrenal cortical carcinoma.
Junior High Principal Lynn Shoemaker told the school board on Monday the outpouring of support for Ally and her family has been amazing.
“I’m so proud of her teachers, the community and her classmates,” Shoemaker said. “We are trying to keep things as normal as possible when she is at school, and everyone is so helpful. Ally really wanted a laptop computer so she can work on her schoolwork when she has to miss school, so we sold “Rally for Ally” shirts. We were blown away by the support. Dumont’s of Canton sold us the shirts at cost and we sold 299 of them with requests for more. Ally now has her computer with some money left over for some games.”
Shoemaker said the Danville community is invited to wear their “Rally for Ally” shirts at the homecoming pep rally Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Regarding personnel, the board employed Mary Price as school psychologist at a rate of $70 per day for 117 days in the 2010-11 school year, for services required by law. It also advanced intervention specialist Krishana Weber on the salary schedule due to completion of extra coursework, issued several supplemental contracts and added Marsha Myers to the substitute aide list.
Treasurer Mary Payne reported the financial audit has been finalized and Danville did well. The report is available on the Ohio Auditor’s website, Payne added. In addition to approving routine fiscal actions, the board accepted a donation of 10 $100 gift cards from Walmart to elementary school teachers to be used for classroom supplies. It also rejected the one bid it received for the track project as being too high and approved agreements with: The Tri-County Educational Service Center for services in regard to the Medicaid school program; Comp. Management Inc. for workers’ compensation and unemployment management; the Alcohol and Drug Freedom Center for instruction in Building Our Lives Drug Free to third grade students; and with New Directions to provide Danville with violence prevention training and/or materials.
Other actions approved by the board included student activity budgets for 2010-11, a field trip for eligible FFA students to the national convention in October, a trip by three FCCLA members to the leadership camp in October, the non-classified staff handbook and three two-hour delayed start days for the purpose of required staff inservice training. Those days are Tuesday, Oct. 19; Tuesday, Nov. 16; and Tuesday, Dec. 14.