Triad board approves no-drone policy


NORTH LEWISBURG – Triad Local Schools on Thursday approved a no-drone policy for its athletic events.

The policy, spurred by the development of a similar policy in the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA), prohibits the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (more commonly known as drones) at district practices, scrimmages, previews and activities under the auspices of the OHSAA. District officials may deny admission or entry to anyone attempting to use a drone until the event is completed, and exceptions to the policy must be approved in advance by the superintendent.

Superintendent Chris Piper said the policy was recently approved by the OHSAA, and the school district’s policy mirrors the OHSAA’s. The policy did not stem from any kind of litigation, but the OHSAA decided to approve a policy in light of issues starting to crop up with people using drones.

“They gave us this language to avoid having drones flying over football games, as an example,” he said.

The school board also discussed district-wide goals relating to district culture, continuous improvement, financial stability and academic achievement. Piper told the board the goals would be measured against the 42 districts in areas surrounding Triad and would be moved up as the district meets those goals.

In other action, the board:

•Accepted Title I teacher Christen Smith’s resignation, effective July 23, 2015.

•Accepted business teacher William Nichols’ resignation, effective Sept. 11, 2015.

•Approved the Memorandum of Understanding between Triad Local Schools and the Triad Education Association, related to the posting process for the hire of a high school business teacher.

•Accepted the resignation of PE and health teacher Joy Tavenner for the purpose of retirement, effective Aug. 13, 2015.

•Approved the hiring (initial one-year contract) of custodian Chad Hollar and Library Aide Erika Carter, for the 2015-16 school year.

•Approved hiring 1:1 Bus Aide Vicky Culp for the 2015-16 school year.

•Approved the list of substitute teachers, nurses and aides as approved by the Madison-Champaign Educational Service Center for the 2015-16 school year and set the substitute pay for teachers at $90 per day as required by board policy.

•Approved the overnight trip for the FFA to the FFA Regional Career Development Event from Sept. 16 to Sept. 19. Triad FFA will support student costs and Ohio Hi-Point will provide transportation.

•Approved a resolution declaring a student is legally entitled to transportation, but that transportation is impractical so the district will compensate the student and parent/guardians $496.80 for the 2015-16 school year, as outlined in the Ohio Revised Code.

•Approved Star Seal of Springfield for major repair and resurfacing of the middle school parking lot in the amount of $77,200.

•Approved the Harbegger Corporation of Cincinnati, Ohio, for the purpose of a replacement chiller unit for the elementary building in the amount of $69,286.

•Accepted a book collection donation, estimated value of $499, from Kyle Huffman, for the high school library.

By Casey S. Elliott

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Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.

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