NORTH LEWISBURG – Triad Local Schools’ board approved several staff actions and discussed proposed state budget changes at its June 18 meeting.
The board also discussed new software the district would be using to help its teachers better track the progress of their students.
Superintendent Chris Piper told the school board that there are three versions of the state’s next biennial budget circulating: the governor’s original proposal, the Ohio House version and the Ohio Senate Finance Committee version.
The budget must be approved by June 30, but Piper said he does not expect details of the budget to get to schools and other organizations until early or mid-July.
“Part of me wants them to get it done, and part of me wants them to keep working on it, because as they work on it, it tends to get better for us,” he said.
Piper said the Senate version includes a 0 percent funding increase for the next school year and a 1.8 percent funding increase for the 2016-17 school year. That version is different from the governor’s proposal, which is not as generous.
The district will bring in software to help teachers get better feedback on how students are doing throughout the school year, instead of waiting for final state results. Piper said currently teachers and building administrators crunch numbers to figure out how their students are doing. This software, called MasteryConnect, gives teachers a quick turnaround on how each student is meeting indicators.
Piper said the system is electronic and would be used at a minimum four times a year, starting next school year.
“It allows (teachers) to understand what kids know, where they need to work and what teachers need to do for interventions,” he said. “It will be a great tool for teachers.”
The program is not tied to testing software. The teachers design the assessments based on the indicators students are to meet and get answers back quickly. From there the teacher determines if individual students need a little more help, or if the teacher needs to completely change how they are teaching a subject.
The board also approved a number of hiring actions, including Football Head Coach Payton Printz (Step 5), Golf Girls Head Coach Patrick Johnson (Step 0), Volleyball Head Coach Addie Dixon (Step 0), Boys Golf Head Coach John Millice (Step 3) and Assistant Football Coach Andy Yoder (Step 2) for the 2015-16 school year. The steps are frozen.
In other action, the board:
•Accepted the resignation of Lindsay Imm as high school intervention specialist, effective at the end of the 2014-15 contract.
•Approved an initial one-year contract for Karla Johnson as a third grade teacher beginning the 2015-16 school year.
•Approved an initial one-year contract for Michelle Pace as a fourth grade teacher beginning the 2015-16 school year.
•Approved an initial one-year contract for Matthew McCurdy as a social studies teacher beginning the 2015-16 school year.
•Approved the voluntary transfer of Middle School Intervention Specialist Tina Campbell to high school intervention specialist for the 2015-16 school year.
•Approved the voluntary transfer of two-hour Cafeteria Worker Christi Ehrenborg to full-time custodian, effective July 1, for the 2015-16 school year.
•Approved high school Building Leadership Team members Leslie Bradley (Step 0), Nora Gehres (Step 0), Patrick Johnson (Step 3), Kacy Moore (Step 0) and Will Nichols (Step 0); Senior Class Advisor Jason Malone (Step 0); Sophomore Class Advisor Will Nichols (Step 5); Director of Plays Paul Waibel (Step 1); Instrumental Music Director John Sharritts (Step 5); Vocal Music Director Paul Waibel (Step 3); Pep Band Music Director John Sharritts (Step 5); Foreign Language Club Martha Lehman (Step 0); High School Student Council Advisor Erick Grasley (Step 0); Teacher Mentor Nora Gehres (Step 0); and High School Yearbook Advisor Matt Lawrence (Step 0); for the 2015-16 school year. The steps are frozen.
•Approved hiring Auxiliary (Majorettes) Coach Melissa Zizzo (Step 3), Football Varsity Cheer Coach Angel Legge (Step 0), and Instrumental Music Assistant Director Ben Moore (Step 5), for the 2015-16 school year. All steps are frozen.
•Approved school lunch prices for the 2015-16 school year. There is no increase from last year’s prices.
•Approved the career technical agreement with Ohio Hi-Point Career center for a term of five years (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2020). The agreement will automatically renew for subsequent one-year periods, unless written notice is provided by either party by March 15, prior to the next school year. Either party may terminate the agreement for breach of any provision in the agreement by providing 60 days written notice of the breach and termination to the other party.
•Approved authorizing Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Co. to offer student accident insurance through the Griffin Insurance Agency for the 2015-16 school year. There is no cost to Triad.
•Approved the service agreement with West Central Ohio Assistive Technology Center for the 2015-16 school year (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016) at a cost of $900.
•Accepted donations of $550 in prizes from Cardinal Pizza, $275 from Kroger Co. #151180, $105 from Subway #15181, all for the Title I Program; $100 from Ober Family Farms, $100 from Farmer’s Equipment, and $50 from Koenig Equipment, all for Softball; $50 from Target’s “Thanks a Billion” Teacher Program for the elementary and $50 from Target’s “Thanks a Billion” Teacher Program for the high school.
Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.