UTICA — The North Fork Local School district has been given an “Excellent With Distinction” rating by the Ohio Department of Education. Making that announcement Monday during the school board meeting at Morgan Grange, Superintendent Scott Hartley said the preliminary information he has received from ODE also indicates that Utica Junior High School and Newton Elementary have also been rated “Excellent With Distinction.”
The board gave first reading to a number of bylaws, administrative guidelines and policies revised or added in order to comply with changes in state and federal regulations. At the request of board member Robert Krueger, policies forbidding religious observances/prayer will be revisited, revised and raised at another board meeting.
Regarding personnel, the board approved the employment of six individuals as cashiers/servers, effective Oct. 25. It also increased the hours of a dozen other food service employees. Hartley said the new hires and extended food service hours are needed because the district has changed its food service system from prepackaged meals to preparing its own meals.
The addition of food service personnel, most part-time with no benefits, is due to the district returning to a more traditional lunch menu and preparing its own lunches. The board previously had approved a prepackaged meal system in an attempt to save money by reducing both personnel and food costs.
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