EAST LIVERPOOL - A Korean War veteran addressed the city school board Monday night, upset that the district had not made known any plans to observe Veterans Day as required by law.
Navy veteran Gene Noling said he had read a list of notices regarding events other schools planned for Friday but that city schools were not represented.
He pointed out that state law requires one hour or one period of the school day be set aside to commemorate the national observance and said he respectfully request such a program be instituted.
"Just take an hour out of the school year to explain to the students what veterans are," Noling urged.
Vice President Bob Estell said veterans had addressed the board about the same issue in the past, asking that a program be held in each building and said the board did want that to happen.
"I would like them to see that. I know what my dad went through. We should never lose that in our schools. Kids should know that war is not fun, war is not games like they play on video games and know what people have to go through to make things safe (for them)," Estell said.
Superintendent James Herring said there was a program in the Westgate building last year but said he would tell other administrators to plan programs.
"We have to do this. It's important for our children to realize the sacrifice of not only older veterans but the ones that are in harm's way now," Herring said, adding his two brothers are both Vietnam veterans.
He expected to discuss the matter in the next day's administrative meeting. A call to Herring later in the week to ascertain whether or not programs were planned was not returned.
Also during the meeting, the board unanimously approved a number of personnel issues with member Scott Dieringer absent, however, board member Richard Wolf opposed a motion to hire William Cox of Sprucevale Road as a substitute bus driver.
Wolf said he was not voting against Cox but his residence. He has consistently opposed hiring those from outside the school district.
In other matters, the board:
- Approved the disposal of property from the former administration building valued at $500 or less unless otherwise needed by the district
- Learned that the first shipment of engraved Potter Pride Pavers has arrived
- Heard from William Crawford of Team Mojo Foundation, who discussed the group's work with school principals to help young people
- Heard from Herring that the PRIDE classes will offer a presentation at the Ohio School Boards Association conference Nov. 14
- Set the next meeting for 6 p.m. Nov. 26.