SEYMOUR — The Board of Education approved hiring a substitute security officer, a field trip, new courses and changes in the required credits for graduation at its meeting on Monday, October 4.

The board unanimously adopted a resolution celebrating Seymour Wildcat Football’s 75th anniversary.

There will be a celebratory game at noon Saturday, October 30, at Seymour High School, 2 Botsford Rd.

The board unanimously approved adding a substitute school security officer on an as-needed basis.

Superintendent Susan Compton, Ed.D., said, “this mainly is for coverage of football games and football games only.”

Dr. Compton said the last game had a large attendance, and police and school security recommended additional coverage.

“There also was a fight at the end of the game,” Dr. Compton said. “We’d just like to do this only for football, or as-needed.”

The board unanimously reinstated the Close Up field trip to Washington, D.C. scheduled for April 2022.

“Fingers crossed that it can happen,” member Kristen Harmeling said.

The board approved new algebra courses for the high school and approved textbooks for social studies courses.

The board also approved a change in the math credits required for graduation.

The change comes at the recommendation of the state.

It allows students to take three math credits rather than four to graduate, but maintains the required nine credits in science, technology, engineering and math to graduate. This would allow students flexibility to take an additional science or technology class in place of a traditional math class.

The change passed 7 to 2, with members Christopher Champagne and Fred Stanek opposed.

Seymour High School Assistant Principal Paul Lucke proposed starting a technical manufacturing certificate program for the high school. Mr. Lucke’s presentation noted a shortage in technical manufacturing workers and the salaries that graduates could potentially make.

The board discussed possibly searching for grants to cover the cost of the necessary equipment or the possibility of a public-private partnership for the program.

Dr. Compton said she would work on getting next steps to the board about the program.

Dr. Compton updated the board on the bus driver shortage. She said the town is down four drivers. She said the elementary school runs were clearing on average between 4:28 and 4:38 p.m.

Dr. Compton also noted that the business manager position was reposted. She said the selected candidate took a different position and the school was starting the process over again.

In other news, the board had a moment of silence for Bob Lang, who died on Friday, October 1.

Mr. Stanek said, “Bob Lang was an icon in our community, especially in regards to education, girls’ softball and the annual Christmas parade.”

Mr. Stanek said Mr. Lang was a gentle, kind and humble man, who contributed greatly to the community.

“I’m going to miss him and I know the community is going to miss him,” he said.

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