Pine Valley hears about CASS?program

SOUTH DAYTON – Students in the Pine Valley Elementary School are making a difference and taking a stance against bullying.

Counselor Amanda Miller gave a presentation about CASS mentors and how they are working to create a safer school environment.

Miller said this is her eighth year working with the CASS, which stands for Creating a Safer School, program. Sixth graders are mentors to students in K-5 to teach respect and to strengthen the school climate. There are 23 CASS mentors this year to spread the message of students to “co-exist respectfully.” Each Wednesday, the CASS mentors celebrate diversity with a different theme varying from wearing sports apparel to wearing hats to mix-it-up day.

“We are so glad you are here. It is the best thing that you are here,” Board President Janie Waag said.

The board honored Jo Ann Anderson at her last meeting. Anderson previously announced she was resigning from the board due to relocation. Jeff Chase, board vice president, presented Anderson with a plaque for her service on the board. Anderson said leaving “will be tough.”

“You will be missed,” board member Larry Zollinger said.

The board also announced parents of wrestlers will contribute $1,000 to the district for transportation costs. The board also accepted the resignation of Mark Chase as JV girls basketball coach and approved Bryelle Cortright as his replacement. Justina Troutman was approved as modified girls basketball coach with Kayla Corsaro and Nichole Lindquist approved as volunteer coaches for girls basketball. Rex Butcher was approved as a volunteer coach for boys basketball.

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