Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — The Medina Board of Education approved a pair of budgetary additions deemed necessary Tuesday but unanimously denied a request for a high school club that would have cost the district $4,700 in the coming year.
The request to establish a ski club was initiated by high school students. Board President Carol Heiligenthaler said that the proposal for the club would have around 20 students from Medina and 15 from nearby districts participating at a student cost of about $350.
Medina would have to cover the cost of transportation to the slopes and for a club advisor.
Resident Margo Bowerman questioned the request, citing murmurs that the school would provide for such a club while not funding field trips for other students — a rumor that Superintendent Jeff Evoy said wasn’t true.
“It sounded ludicrous,” Bowerman said. “If we’re sending kids to a ski club ... we need to make sure our money has good bang for our buck.”
Most of the board members who spoke on the issues voiced similar concerns — could the district’s funding be better spent to restore funding for other academic activities and extra-curricular activities that benefit a wider-range of students.
“Our primary goal is to educate all students,” said board member William Keppler, who said a private group funded by the student’s families would be preferable. “This isn’t a primary objective.”
”I want to make sure all children have opportunities,” Evoy said.
The measure eventually failed by a 8-0 decision after it was brought for a vote.
The district was later unanimous in approval to move forward with the purchase and installation of a new sign board at the school’s Maple Ridge Road entrance.
The board approved a project totaling no more than $24,999 to Toth’s Sports of Victor, which has produced much of the electronic signage used at Medina’s athletics facilities.