By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Correspondent
PAULDING - Following discussions that included two meetings between school officials and Relay For Life personnel, it appears an agreement has been reached to allow the annual Mini Relay to continue at Paulding High School.
Earlier this year, the decision was made by superintendent Bill Hanak and his administration to discontinue the Mini Relay under its existing format.
“Basically both sides had to compromise a little. We developed a new set of guidelines and we now have a joint plan that will allow us to move forward,” said Hanak.
The Progress attempted to contact several Relay For Life leaders for comment, but did not receive any responses by press time.
Hanak, along with other school officials, had several concerns about the Mini Relay. One concern was the number of hours the event involved of school instruction time. Another concern was the possibility of other groups or organizations wanting the same advantage when it came to fundraising within the school.
“Right now we have a plan in place for the Mini Relay. We will re-evaluate it each year, but right now we are excited about the opportunity to have the Relay. In the end, the kids win and that’s what we feel is most important,” said Hanak.
The Mini Relay is scheduled to take place during the afternoon on the second to last day of school.
Over the past three years, PEVS students and staff have raised more than $57,000 to fight cancer.
When Relay For Life members had received word that a Mini Relay would not be held under the previous setup, the school administration asked them to submit proposals that would help address and answer how they could better meet the school’s concerns.
At January’s school board meeting, several people supporting the Mini Relay were in attendance and the proposals were submitted at that time.
According to Hanak, the Relay For Life proposals did not satisfy the administration and the Mini Relay was at that point canceled.
“We are moving forward. In fact, other community groups have said they would like to help with the Relay. This will be a good thing because it will relieve our staff,” said Hanak.
“In the end, this was a good, positive thing that was done within the rules. Karen Saxton from Relay For Life, was wonderful to work with and I believe both sides feel good about the outcome,” concluded Hanak.