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Revere school board adopts revised grading scale

4/26/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Revere Local Schools’ students in third through ninth grades next fall will see a revised grading scale when they return to school.

The new scale, which was adopted by the Revere Board of Education at its April 17 meeting, adds plusses and minuses to letter grades.

Superintendent Randy Boroff said the new scale for the 2012-13 school year will be phased in so that in the following three years it will be added to each high school grade. No current high school students will be affected by the change, he added.

The district’s grade scale still keeps letter grades with 10-percentage point increments, Boroff said. But the addition of plusses and minuses is meant to encourage more academic achievement, he added.

“If a student has an 86 percent, we hope they’ll strive to get an 87 so they get a B+,” Boroff said as an example, since 83 percent to 86.99 percent is a B.

The change, which was crafted by a committee of administrators, guidance counselors, teachers, parents and a board member, will be positive, Boroff said.

“This will be a benefit not only to the district but to students,” he said.

In other business, the board gave a first reading to revisions to the district’s bullying policy and subsequently adopted it at a special meeting April 24. The revision includes the addition of cyberbullying and bus rider behavior to the policy and addresses false reports.

The upcoming administration of the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) state tests was also a topic throughout the evening. Principals from Bath Elementary School, Hillcrest Elementary School and Revere Middle School discussed what they are doing to prepare students for the tests, which will be given during the week of April 30.

Assistant Superintendent Kathy Bearer also announced the district will take part in an online assessment pilot for the OAA in May. Eighth-grade social studies students will participate in the trial of the 45-minute assessment, she said.

The pilot is a way for the state to learn more about the best practices to administer the tests using computers, Bearer said, as the tests will be administered to all students online in two years.

Also during the meeting, Boroff gave an update on the district’s tuition-based all-day kindergarten pilot for the fall. He said 68 students are currently enrolled, and space is still available for parents who are seeking that option. More information is available on the district’s website at www.revereschools.org.

In financial news, Treasurer Dave Forrest noted in his monthly report that revenue and expenses are on target with projections for the year.

Forrest also announced the district’s cost-saving initiatives that have been implemented during the past few years will have resulted in savings of $7.2 million through 2013.

“The trend here is we’ve rethought what we’ve done and how we’ve done it and how we can save money,” Forrest said.

The board also discussed plans to change the district’s radio system due to mandated FCC requirements that will be in effect in January. Without the change, half of the district’s current radios would be unusable at that time, Forrest said.

The district is considering a contract to purchase new radios from Motorola at a cost of $78,000. The board held off on approving the purchase but did approve it at the April 24 special meeting.

Forrest also addressed the recent effort by members of the Revere community to work toward the creation of a community recreation facility. He said the group is hoping to get grant funding for a feasibility study and is seeking the support of local government entities.

So far, Forrest said the only group that has given its support is the Richfield Township Board of Trustees. Board member Claudia Hower noted that supporting the group at this time does not mean the district has to give any financial support to the potential project; it just means it supports the use of a study to gauge interest in the concept.

“We would just be helping the community to get a grant,” she said.

In student achievement news, Revere High School Principal Phil King announced the Class of 2012’s valedictorians are Yi (Annie) Sun and Xintong (Cindy) Lin, while salutatorians are Edwin Zhang and Daniel Li. Graduation is set for June 3 at 2 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre.

King also announced that Zhang is one of 550 finalists nationwide for the Presidential Scholars Program.

The board also approved continuing contracts for six teachers and limited contracts for several others. In addition, the board accepted the retirements of Carol Garman and Olga Tulenew.

Also, the board honored students who were district-level winners in the PTA Reflections program, while the Hillcrest third-grade students of Rena Baker and Mike Schauer presented their wax museum projects on historical figures.

The Revere school board will meet for a work session May 8 in the Administration Building, 3496 Everett Road. The next regular meeting will be May 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Revere High School Library, 3420 Everett Road.

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