New state education requirements discussed at Galion BOE
At the Galion Board of Education’s meeting on Aug. 9, employment and new state education requirements were on the agenda.
Dr. Sandra Powell, director of curriculum, explained the Third Grade Reading Guarantee that the district is initiating as a result of Senate Bill 316. The bill requires that students in grades kindergarten through third receive a diagnostic assessment of their reading skills each year.
Parents of students who are not on track with state standards will be notified and the school must enact an intervention plan in order to improve the students’ reading ability. At the end of third grade, students who still do not meet the appropriate reading level are required by the state to be retained.
However, Powell emphasized that retainment WILL NOT happen at the end of the 2012–13 school year. Because this is a new requirement, the district must only perform the diagnostic assessments for the first year in order to establish data and create policy on how to help students who fall behind. No third graders will be retained (when necessary) until the 2013–14 school year.
Powell also explained the Elementary Spanish Enrichment Program for fourth and fifth graders that will be offered beginning in the fall. Carolina Martinez Karam will be teaching students basic Spanish vocabulary, as well as Hispanic food and culture.
In the Superintendent’s updates, Kathy Jenney said that the district has advertised for bids to replace the visitor side bleachers at the Heise Park football stadium. The project will have two phases: 1) the concrete work, which she said will most likely be done by a local contractor, and 2) the bleacher installation. Jenney hopes to have a recommendation for the board on who to hire for the project at the Aug. 23 meeting.
Several employees were hired or rehired that evening (see box for details). The board also accepted the resignation of Nate Henderson as head JV boys basketball coach.
Two policy revisions were also approved. One involved student transportation, detailing the procedure parents must follow if students are to be picked up/dropped off at a child care provider. The other required district administrators to make a ten percent contribution from their salaries toward paying health insurance premiums.
At the board’s last meeting, it was approached by a member of the Galion Boosters Club to allow Pizza Hut to offer concessions at the 2012 Cross Country Festival. A contract has since been drawn up, which the board read and approved: “That this Board hereby authorizes the Galion Boosters Club to enter into a concessions agreement with Northern Ohio Pizza Company to provide a concession trailer and services for the annual cross country festival at Amann Reservoir on September 15, 2012, subject to the following conditions:
1. That the concession trailer and facilities are inspected and approved by the Morrow County Health Department.
2. That this Board of Education be listed as a named additional insured on Northern Ohio Pizza’s liability insurance policy.”
The following employees were approved pending criminal background checks:
Jeri S. Wires, assistant treasurer from Sept. 4-Sept. 28, and Cheryl Jason, student support services specialist at the intermediate school.
The following retired personnel were rehired: Lawrence Dawson, II; Micheal Hartz; Rex Payne, Jr.; Julie Polak; Shari Roelle; James Ruth, Jr.; P. Michael Schaffner; Cheryl Washington; and Barbara West.
The following were approved as coaches: Kyle Baughn and Todd Eagle, freshman football; Kyle Parsons and Matt Valentine, 7th grade football; Dennis Lybarger and Brian Owens, volunteer football coaches; Leah Zeisler, JV volleyball; Karri Shearer, 8th grade volleyball; and Fred Rinehart, assistant marching band director.