Colonel Crawford’s results from the Ohio Graduation Test came back and School Superintendent Todd Martin shared them with the Board of Education on Monday night.
Eighty-two percent of high school students who took the test passed all five sections (Reading, Math, Writing, Science and Social Studies). The state average was 71 percent.
“The scores improved from last year,” Martin added. “It shows the staff is doing a nice job.”
The Board of Education also got to meet the new Vocational/Agriculture instructor, Josh Schieber, who replaces Krista Betti. A graduate of Wynford High School, Schieber was hired through a partnership with Pioneer Career and Technology Center.
Colonel Crawford will host a meet-and-greet for Schieber on Monday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m. All parents and community members are invited to the high school cafeteria to meet him.
During the June 23 meeting, the Board approved several employment recommendations, and many of the hirees were Crawford alumni. Deanna Durham was approved as an intervention specialist, Carla Russell as a classroom aide at Hannah Crawford Elementary and Jennifer Price as a library/computer lab aide.
Michelle Breyley, Carrie Brause and Elsie Smith were approved as classroom aides, pending classroom enrollment. Martin explained that the employees’ contracts were previously non-renewed and they will return only if there are enough students.
Transfers of $19,287 for the Pre-School Fund and $60,825 for the Food Service Fund were approved. Treasurer Vicki Stump noted that with the latter, the district advanced about $33,000 into the fund last year to cover a deficit, which is why the amount seems high. The Food Service Department hopes to reduce expenses in the upcoming school year.
A third reading was approved for policy revisions and additions to the policy manual, including the addition of e-cigarette language. Bruner reported that the high school did not have issues with students using the product. However, because e-cigs do not technically contain tobacco, the existing tobacco use policy did not prohibit them.
Board member Marge Hoyles commented that she did not know much about e-cigs before, but after reading about them she believes it is good the policy was updated.
A donation of $1,100 was accepted to benefit the special education classrooms, as well as $333.93 from Earth Day can collections, which will benefit the elementary school.
High School project
There was no major news that evening about the upcoming project to build a high school wing onto the K-8 building. However, the Board did approve a resolution regarding the “Program of Requirements and Schematic Design Phase Review Summary.”
Martin explained the project is currently estimated to be $130,000 over budget and some pieces will need to be taken out of the plans. A driveway originally planned on the northwest side of the wing was removed; if the demolitions come in under budget, they may then be able to fund it.
Board President Mike Willacker asked for clarification on how the parking lot for the high school is designed.
“The existing parking lot will suffice,” Martin responded. He said major events like football and basketball games will still be at the current high school, so there is not a need to expand the K-8 building’s existing lot.
Board member Norm Huber pointed out that some students will end the day at the old high school. He asked if they would need to get on the bus at the new high school.
Principal Jake Bruner explained that all bus pick-up will be at the future K-12 building. “Realistically, the walk is getting a lot shorter. We will be about 50 yards from the old high school,” he said.
Also, a contract with Rockmill Financial Consulting was approved in the amount of $25,000. Because the maintenance levy failed, which the state requires for all school construction projects, the firm will help in using existing funds to satisfy the maintenance funding of $57,000 per year.
Construction for the new high school wing will begin in spring of 2015.
The abatement and demolition work for the former school buildings (Whetstone Elementary, Sulphur Springs Elementary and North Robinson Junior High) is still slated to be bid next month.
All demo work is projected to be complete by the end of the year. (A partial demolition of the current high school will not begin until next summer.)