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Second year of strategic plan presented to Manchester board

2/21/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Joyce Rainey Long

Manchester Local Schools officials heard a district-wide strategic plan for continuous improvement at the Feb. 19 Manchester Board of Education meeting.

James Robinson, director of curriculum and instruction, presented the second year of the three-year plan, which is an educational guide for the district. The plan evaluates the performance of the district in many areas, and it was developed with input from teachers and administrators, Robinson said.

Some of the highlights of the plan include determining and improving technology needs at each of the three buildings in the district. SMART boards, which are interactive projection displays, have been installed in all Nolley Elementary School and Manchester Middle School classrooms. About 80 percent of the classrooms at Manchester High School now have SMART boards, Robinson said.

Another highlight is the new way to assess the performance of teachers, which is required by the state, according to Robinson. The new evaluations will include information on student academic growth, he said.

“This [three-year plan] is always ongoing and is a continuous report of our progress,” said Robinson. “We’re doing pretty well with the amount of funding we have.”

The report also addresses the financial stability for the district, said Superintendent Sam Reynolds.

“We feel our district has prepared our kids very well for the future,” he said. “This is something we’ve always done, and we’ll continue doing that, but the financial challenges are formidable ... something all citizens should be concerned about.”

In other business, the board:

  • accepted the resignation of girls tennis coach Wayne Sanders. A tennis coach for 31 years at the district, he has won 467 matches, said Reynolds;
  • hired Steve Strasser as boys tennis coach. He previously coached for Ellet High School, according to district officials;
  • approved three classified and eight supplemental coaching appointments;
  • accepted $23 for the Kaderly Scholarship from Terry Harget for Council Committee; $650 for the Middle School field trip to the Magical Theatre Company in Barberton from the Middle School PTA; and 15 used computers for the district’s classrooms from DRB Systems Inc.; and
  • appointed board member Mark Tallman to the Audit and Finance Committee for a one-year term.

A moment of silence was held at the beginning of the meeting for Marissa Miracle, an eighth-grader at Manchester Middle School who died Feb. 17.

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

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