Changes at Garaway

Mollie Parisi is now the principal at both Baltic and Ragersville.

By Beverly Keller
The Budget

It is a new school year and with it there are several changes at Garaway.

One of the most noticeable entails the installation of new windows in the 1930 addition at Garaway High School. In addition, new LED lights were installed throughout the building over the summer months by the maintenance staff.

There is also a new face in terms of Mollie Parisi who is the principal at both Baltic and Ragersville elementaries. She replaces Jeff Williams who was promoted to Director of Student Services at Garaway.

New security measures have been implemented across the district. Staff now have swipe cards they can use to get into the building. Coming soon at Baltic Elementary will be a door that will prevent entry past the office when coming in the main entrance. Funds for the door came from the Emmet Mizer Lutheran Foundation. While the original timeline called for completion of that project prior to the start of school, some structural supports needed to be put into place to allow the door to properly function. The district expects the installation to be completed in the next few weeks. In the future, the district plans to apply for grant funding that will help pay for cameras to increase the levels of security at each building.

Something that will cost less for parents is breakfast. Grab and go options are available for $1 on a daily basis. This is a decrease in the price by 75 cents per meal. Milk will stay at a price of 50 cents per carton.

Hot lunches are available each day to students with prices as follows (each reflects a 10 cent increase per meal over last year): Garaway 7 – 12 — $3.10; Garaway Elementary — $2.85; Adult Meal – $3.60.
Something else new will be the use of Ready Math for students in grades K – 8. “It is going to be fantastic,” explained Superintendent Dr. Jim Millet. “I’m very excited about the program. Our teachers received training with it today.”

Think Circa, a writing tool, was also purchased.

Students at Miller Avenue Elementary will soon see a new playground for students in kindergarten through third grades. Special rubber mulch has already been delivered. The equipment will arrive in the next seven to ten days and will be installed immediately.

This story originally appeared in the August 22, 2018 edition of The Budget. For more news, pick up a copy of this week’s edition available Wednesdays at area retailers. Better yet, subscribe and the news will be delivered to you each week. For more information, call us at 330-852-4634.