LEXINGTON -- When Robert Whitney experiences a first with the Lexington Local Schools, it's a serious first.
That was the case Wednesday at the Lexington school board meeting when the 54-year board member participated in a unanimous vote to hire Lexington police officer Mike Davis as the district's first school resource officer.
"I think a lot of good things can come from this," said Whitney, the board president. "It's come up before. I personally wasn't all that excited about it, but I know the public thinks it's a good thing that we have some protection in place.
Davis, a Lexington High School graduate, will work in all of the district's five buildings.
"We're not going to say he has to be here a certain amount of time, or there. He is going to be expected to be in all of the schools for a time every day for a period of time," Whitney said.
The district's contract with the Lexington Police Department is for three years, though either side can choose to cancel with 90-day notice. The district will pay 68.5 percent ($52,256) of the annual costs with the village covering 31.5 percent ($24,030).
"It will be Officer Davis' responsibility, for example, to check all the school doors, to make sure they are locked when they're supposed to be locked, to walk inside and outside of the schools," Whitney said. "I hear good things about Officer Davis.
"We will see how it works out and continue to talk about it during the school year," Whitney said.
BEFORE AND AFTER DAYCARE: Mansfield Area YMCA President/CEO Cristen Gilbert made a presentation to the board about its before- and after-school programming that will begin this fall.
The latch-key program will be available at all three Lexington elementary schools from 6 a.m. until the first bell and after school from the final bell until 6 p.m. The cost of the program is $35 a week, per student for those sending their child to either before- or after-school care. Those who choose both options will pay $60.
"We have seen the need for childcare growth in our community," Gilbert said, adding the YMCA was in the process of licensing cafeterias, gym spaces and playgrounds at all three schools. "We have a childcare site located in Lexington at Grace Church. We took over their lower level. It's been a great space, but it's a limited amount of space."
She said Supt. Michael Ziegelhofer and all three elementary school principals liked the idea of the new YMCA Kids Club program.
EMPLOYMENT DECISIONS: The board voted to hire Vincent Sansalone as a high school physical education teacher on a one-year contract, effective Aug. 16. It also hired Kelly Dove as a summer school teacher from July 30-Aug. 10, Allie Gottschling as a substitute teacher for the 2018-2019 school year and Lisa Pfizenmayer as a junior high educational aide.
In coaching decisions for the 2018-2019 school year, the board approved the hiring of Andrew Heath as a freshman football coach and Aaron Brokaw as a varsity assistant coach.