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State report cards at focus of meeting

Letterhos noted the district received an A for graduation requirements and to the value-added component with a nine-point gain.

"Grade cards don't measure the things that truly impact the lives of the students' day in and day out," he said.

"We are trying to prepare students to be on the path to success by offering intervention periods, ACT preparation, college and career readiness, after-school literacy programs and after-school WSOS programs. These are the things that end up making a difference in the lives of our students."

Superintendent Dennis Haft suggested the schools develop teacher based teams and requested creating instructional leaders as supplemental positions. The state has a model for school teams to follow that presents the learning target, discusses the strategy, assesses and discussed the results. Board members wanted more information. They would like to know how many hours might be involved and would like a job description created before making a decision.

Green Springs Elementary Principal Randy Stockmaster announced the Third Grade Informational Night at 6 p.m. today for parents to hear about the Third Grade Reading Guarantee test in November.

He said teachers are stressing the importance of good attendance and work ethic since future employers have stated that is their main complaint regarding younger workers.

Stockmaster said more special education students are in classrooms and co-teachers are being utilized. He said they are at the limit of allowed special education students in a class and may have to examine the issue later.

Clyde Elementary Principal Jackie Davis said she wants to bring the community into the school more. The school has been able to develop a volunteer team of about a dozen parents. They have been discussing where they might like to serve and how they can help the school. Davis hopes to get positive feedback and volunteers may encourage others to join them, taking more ownership in the schools.

Maintenance Director Randy Hawk reported a leak in the boiler at McPherson Middle School and the equipment remains under warranty.

Transportation Director Dan Shafer said the communication tower is in operation. He emphasized that the tower sits on easement property belonging to Futronics. He also said bus drivers have been involved in evacuation drills.

The board entered into executive session for the review of employee compensation.

In other business, the board:

Employed Lisa Chill as treasurer's assistant effective Aug. 30 at a rate of $15.32 an hour.

Approved the 2017 permanent appropriations.

Approved the non-represented clerical employees with an annual base pay rate increase that matches that of classified employees and to qualify for all benefits as outlined in the negotiated agreement effective July 1.

Accepted the resignation of Julie Leiby, teacher at Clyde Elementary, for retirement purposes after 32 years of service to the district, effective at the end of the school year.

Employed Sarah Baughman as a registered nurse for $22.86 per hour at 20 hours per week with 18 years experience.

Approved staff personnel action.

Employed non-certificated people for extra duty jobs.

Accepted gifts and donations to the schools.

Announced "Habeus" Chorus Line is to perform Oct. 8 Clyde High School. Tickets may be purchased at the board office.

The board of education is to meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 24.

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