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Revere board reviews district’s progress in 2012

12/27/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

The Revere Local Schools Board of Education wrapped up its year Dec. 18 and took time to reflect on its accomplishments.

Board President Claudia Hower took time out at the beginning of the meeting to highlight some of the good things that happened in the district in 2012, such as the district receiving an Excellent with Distinction rating from the state. She also noted Revere High School was named for the third time to the Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll.

In addition, Hower said she was happy the district added an all-day kindergarten option and members of the community helped prepare a five-year strategic plan. Also cited were improvements to parking lots, replacement of building windows and the addition of a wireless network.

“We’ve had many accomplishments,” she said. “It would take me all night to name them all.”

Superintendent Randy Boroff concurred.

“It’s a good end to 2012 for Revere,” he said. “There are a lot of things we should be proud of and can build on for the future.”

With the meeting just four days after the shooting of students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Boroff also touched on the district’s reaction to the incident.

“Although our district wasn’t impacted, it’s been a couple of stressful days,” Boroff said. “Just to ensure everybody feels safe is a priority for us.”

He noted that he came to the district’s Everett Road campus the day after the shootings, a Saturday, and lowered all the outside flags to half-staff for the shooting victims.

The board also asked for a moment of silence to remember the victims after the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the meeting.

In other business, the board unanimously approved the calendar for the 2013-14 school year. The first day of school will be Aug. 21 and the last day June 4.

Boroff said the dates should remain the same, but there is a chance that grading periods may be altered. Currently, grades six through 12 are on a trimester schedule, and that has been considered for kindergarten through fifth grades, which are currently on a quarterly schedule.

During his report, Treasurer David Forrest gave an overview of the district’s independent financial audit, which he said was a “solid, clean audit.”

Forrest also said new property tax values have been released, and the district will see a “very small increase.”

“At least they did not drop, and we’re very pleased with that,” he said.

Forrest also went over a couple of contracts for renewal that board members questioned the necessity of.

One was for a position bond in the amount of $75,000 per covered employee with the Ohio School Boards Association’s bond program, at a cost of $491 per covered employee.

“This insures the board against the theft of cash by the listed individuals,” Forrest said. The bond would include the positions of board president, superintendent, assistant superintendent, director of student services and the coordinator of business services.

Hower said in her three years on the school board she has not handled any money, so she wondered why her role would be included in the policy, which Forrest said has been a routine action. Board member George Seifert agreed and also asked if it was necessary for all the other positions to be covered by the bond.

Forrest said the district does carry insurance that protects it from employee crime and misconduct, so members were concerned that the bond would duplicate other policies.

The board approved an amended resolution that will only have the bond go forward in January if Forrest finds that it is required by law.

During board members’ reports, Diana Sabitsch said the Facilities and Grounds Committee’s Advisory Committee had its inaugural meeting this month. The group will next meet Jan. 29.

Hower, who serves as the liaison to the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, said the school is evaluating its course offerings and looking at ways to cut costs because it is in deficit spending.

The board also accepted, with appreciation, donations to the district, including $30,000 from InfoCision for the Turf Initiative Project at Revere High School Stadium; $15,000 to purchase an iPad cart for Bath Elementary from the school’s PTA; $50 for the Jennifer Lyn Mears Library Memorial Fund at Bath Elementary from Steven Dentzer; and a POW/MIA flag valued at $25 to Revere High School from Pete Kramarczuk.

The evening’s meeting also featured a presentation by the Hillcrest Elementary School first-grade students of Melissa Catanese and Debbie Schwertner, who sang songs and recited poems from their Veterans Day program.

The Revere Board of Education will next meet Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. for its 2013 organizational meeting in the Revere High School Library, 3420 Everett Road, followed by a special meeting. The board will set the dates of its 2013 meetings at that time.

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