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2022-2023 School Year (note-minutes and agendas are listed by school year-not calendar year)
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Parkway Board Meetings by Sally Cox
Tuesday, April 18, Parkway's Board of Education Special Meeting has been cancelled.CANCELLED! - The Parkway Local Board of Education will have a special meeting Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. in the community room. The purpose of the meeting will be to go into executive session for the purpose of discussing the employment of personnel and confidential matters. No business will be conducted after the executive session.
The Parkway Local Regular Board of Education meeting has been changed to Wednesday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.
Special Board Meeting by Sally Cox
The Parkway Local Schools Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, July 31, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the current plans of the athletic building, approve the resolution determining to proceed to levy a renewal tax and to go into executive session to discuss personnel.
Sally Cox Reports on Parkway Board Meeting Change
The Parkway Local
Schools Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting
Eric Baltzell Inducted into Parkway’s Academic Hall of Fame
By Brian Fortkamp, Parkway High School Principal
Parkway Schools are proud to announce the latest inductee to Parkway’s Academic Hall of Fame, Mr. Eric Baltzell of the Class of 1990. After graduating from high school, Mr. Baltzell attended the University of Toledo where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. Mr. Baltzell began his career with Korda/Nemeth Engineering in Columbus as an Electrical Designer. Shortly after, he began working with Fanning Howey as an Electrical Designer. Mr. Baltzell eventually joined Garmann Miller where he was the Electrical and Technology Department Leader from 2001 until 2017. Currently, Mr. Baltzell is CEO of Garmann Miller. During his tenure as CEO, Garmann Miller has risen to a national top 100 K-12 architecture firm, earned Best Firms to Work For in the US four consecutive years, and ranked No. 13 in the world for firms that have been Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design administrators for K-12 projects. Garmann Miller has over 60 professionals and an annual revenue of approximately $12 million. Locally, Mr. Baltzell is in his second term for the Celina City Council where he has served on the City of Celina Planning commission and is a central committee representative for the Mercer County Republican Party. He is a member of the Celina First Church of God, where he has served on the finance committee and church council. He currently serves on the board of directors of Our Home Family Resource Center and the Foundation of the Great Lakes Conference.
Mr. Baltzell was also the designer of electrical and technology systems on the Parkway Schools building project many years ago.
Mr. Baltzell received his award on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at the Parkway Senior Awards ceremony. Presenter was Brian Fortkamp, Parkway High School Principal. Photo by Eric’s aunt and uncle, Dave and Lina Wilson.
Parkway Graduate Contributes to the Design of His New
Eric Baltzell, 1990 graduate of Parkway High School is an electrical engineer and partner at Garmann/Miller Architects-Engineers in Minster, Ohio, the company selected for the planning and execution of building Parkway School District's new PK-12 school which opened last fall 2006.
Eric's role was to design all of the electrical and technology systems. This included all power systems, lighting, fire alarm, security system, access control system, sound systems, telephone system, video system, and computer networking. His professional credentials include: Professional Engineer for the State of Ohio, BICSI - RCDD, BICSI - NTS Specialist, and a member of these engineering professional organizations: NSPE, IESNA, IEEE, BICSI
With roughly 240,000 square feet (which is over twice as large as the old high school building) Garmann/Miller Architects-Engineers had approximately two years of planning, one year of design and two years of construction to see this project come to fruition.
They assisted the school district with the bond issue campaign and master planning, then they designed the building
and followed the job through construction.
The total project cost was $36 million, according to Eric who shares these interesting statistics:
Over 1,000 anchor bolts
Almost 800 tons of structural steel
Over 340,000 brick
Over 250,000 SQFT of metal roof - this equates to over 2,500 squares
Over 50 projection screens
Over 400,000 SQFT of asphalt
Over 1,000,000 SQFT of grass seeding
Almost 500 doors
Approx. 4,800,000 LF of electrical wiring = 909 miles
Approx. 350,000 LF of technology wiring = 66 miles
Eric has been with Garmann/Miller Architects-Engineers for six years, where the firm designs all types of commercial office buildings, schools, municipal, industrial and healthcare buildings. After graduating from Parkway, Eric continued his education at the University of Toledo from which he graduated in 1994.
Eric's design experience includes working in Columbus, right out of college, for Korda/Nemeth Engineering,
followed by 5 years at Fanning/Howey in Celina before making the move to Garmann/Miller. His hobbies are golfing, weightlifting and spending time with his many friends and family. But, he agrees that his work is a passion with him, "There is much satisfaction in helping people to design and construct their vision," says Eric.
Eric invites you to click on the link for the Garmann/Miller Architects-Engineers' website at www.garmannmiller.com and click on the Education link. From there you can view their work on the Parkway School Project. You can also learn what other projects they are working on as well.
Eric, a resident of Celina is the son of Jim and Shirley (Wilson) Baltzell of Rockford.
Parkway Local Schools to Focus on Bus Safety
The US House of Representatives has unanimously approved recognition of National School Bus Safety Week and Parkway Local Schools joins the school districts throughout Ohio and the nation in celebrating this important week.
This year’s theme, “I see the driver – The driver sees me” reminds Ohio’s 1.3 million school bus riders to stay out of the danger zone and in direct eyesight of their school bus driver. Most student accidents involving school buses occur as a result of motorists who attempt to pass a stopped school bus with flashing red warning lights while students load or unload. Ohio Revised Code 4511.75 requires motorists to stop for a school bus any time it has stopped for students to load or unload. Motorists may not resume motion until the bus has resumed motion.
Eighty percent of Ohio students ride on school buses each day, and nearly 17,000 bus drivers, mechanics, trainers, secretaries and supervisors are dedicated to providing safe transportation for children in the state. National studies show school buses are the safest method for transporting young people—30 times safer than passenger cars.
"Ensuring the safety of students as they enter and exit the bus is crucial," said Parkway Superintendent Doug Karst. “We are training our bus drivers to be cautious, but we need help from parents to make sure they watch for school buses stopped to load and unload children. No issue is so urgent that motorists cannot wait for a school bus.”
Mr. Karst offers the following tips to remind your child while getting off and on the bus:
• Always remain in direct eyesight of the bus driver;
• Get to the bus stop in plenty of time;
• Take 10 giant steps back from the curb while waiting for the bus and 10 steps when exiting the bus;
• Never try to get anything left on the bus after exiting;
• Never reach underneath the bus;
• Always follow the driver’s directions for how to cross the street;
• Be alert to traffic and look both ways;
• Always cross in front of the bus, but only when the bus driver signals it is safe to do so.
WHY IT TAKES SO LONG AT BUS STOPS . . .
The bus driver must:
SIGNAL FOR SAFETY . . .
Penalties for not obeying these laws could cost you up to $500 and a maximum one-year suspension of your driver license.
RAILROAD PROCEDURES . . .
The bus driver must:
The students must:
Other motorists must:
In Ohio, school buses are not permitted to cross tracks if a signal is activated, even if it is malfunctioning, unless a law enforcement or railroad official is present and motions them across.
WHERE IS THE DANGER ZONE?
The danger zone is the area that extends 10 giant steps around all sides of a school bus. The two most dangerous places are in front of the bus and near the right rear tire.
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