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Manchester BOE celebrates teacher award

10/18/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Joyce Rainey Long

For the third year in a row, a teacher from Manchester Local Schools was selected as Summit County Teacher of the Year.

Michael Ankrom, a 21-year social studies teacher at Manchester High School, won the award Oct. 15 at the Summit County Education Celebration held in Downtown Akron, according to Manchester Superintendent Sam Reynolds, who announced the honor at the Board of Education (BOE) meeting Oct. 16. [See related story on Page 1.]

“We were thrilled Mike Ankrom was selected,” Reynolds said. “This is a great honor for him and for the district. We’re very proud.”

Manchester teachers Shari Gardner and Sandy McClain won the award the last two years.

In financial business, the board approved the five-year forecast that is required by the state. The anticipated revenues are about $13 million for the fiscal year, according to Treasurer David Osborne. The anticipated expenses are about $13.4 million, he said. The district has lost 14 percent of its revenue from the state during the past two years, said Osborne.

“We will be looking at a lot of options over the next few months,” Osborne said.

In another matter, the board approved the third year of the Three-Year Plan, which is an educational guide for the district, according to James Robinson, Ph.D., director of curriculum and instruction. The plan evaluates the performance of the district in many areas, and the plan was made with input from teachers and administrators. The plan covers curriculum, maintenance and administration, said Robinson.

“This is what drives our district,” Robinson said. “We want our kids to be competitive nationally and globally.”

Some of the highlights of the plan include evaluating the district progress on the new teacher evaluation system and revisions to the district’s teacher evaluation system, said Robinson. Other parts of the plan include aligning social studies and science in all grades to the state standards and continuing to improve technology needs at each building.

The board heard the first reading on policies for student assessment and academic intervention services; security provisions; the Third Grade Reading Guarantee; promotion and academic acceleration; and placement and retention, which are upgrades to current policies, said Reynolds. The board also heard the first reading of whistleblower protection for antifraud for the administration and certified and classified employees, which is a new policy. The board plans to vote on all of the policies at the next meeting.

In other business, the board:

• approved the student activity purpose statements and estimated budgets for fiscal year 2012;

• approved two classified employee appointments;

• accepted a $50 donation from Kenna Hauenstein for the Hauenstein Scholarship and $479 from Target to Nolley Elementary School;

• approved a Manchester High School ski trip to Vermont for Jan. 18-21; and

• approved a varsity softball trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., April 1-5.

The next regular board meeting will take place Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 6075 Manchester Road.

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