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Revere district considering scholarship policy

4/25/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

The Revere Local Schools Board of Education is considering a new policy that would affect the administration of district-managed scholarship funds.

The board conducted a first reading of the policy at the April 16 meeting. If approved and implemented, applicants’ identities would not be disclosed to selection committee members.

District Treasurer David Forrest said board members had expressed interest in establishing such a policy, “so candidates would stand on their own merits.”

According to a draft of the policy, the purpose is “to establish a uniform selection process that ensures all applicants are fairly evaluated on their accomplishments, qualifications and match to the criteria established by the donor.”

The draft policy acknowledges that many scholarship funds are not under the board’s control, but their recommendation would be that all scholarship programs, both internally and externally managed, follow this same practice.

During the recognition portion of the meeting, the board congratulated high school junior Carl Ahlborg for earning a perfect score on the ACT Test. His composite score of 36 is only achieved by less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the test, according to a letter Revere High School Principal Phil King read from Jon Whitmore, ACT’s CEO.

Also recognized at the meeting were a handful of members of the community-based Turf Committee. Forrest said the idea for the turf started in 2003 or 2004 but didn’t gain traction until 2008. The project was initially expected to cost $2.21 million but ended up at $1.3 million, thanks to the Turf Committee, he added.

Committee members promised to pay for 40 percent of the project’s cost, said Forrest. “They have met that commitment in full, 100 percent,” by raising $548,000, he added.

“Other than our classrooms, [the turf] is probably the most-used asset on our campus,” he said. “We just really appreciate it.”

During board members’ reports, Dana Appel said she attended a recent debate in Columbus regarding Common Core state standards.

“I think you’re seeing growing concern about the Common Core,” she said. “The opposition is starting to really grow.”

The anti-Common Core side of the debate “eviscerated” the opposite side, she added.

She also said more details can be found at http://ohioans againstcommoncore.com.

In other business, the board accepted a change order from Capital Aluminum and Glass, reducing the amount of the district’s original commitment to pay for windows and masonry at the high school by $25,750, with a new total cost of $698,750. The project came in under budget, and approving the decrease in cost is a formality, said Forrest.

An item that would allow bids to be prepared and issued for a new project to replace windows at the middle school appeared on the board’s agenda, but no action, nor discussion resulted. Forrest said the board will pick up the topic at its next work session.

Also at the meeting, Superintendent Randy Boroff said there probably will be more but asked the board to approve “resignations for retirement purposes,” for nine staff members, including Kathy Bearer (assistant superintendent), Susan Biro (first grade teacher), Kim Cantley (guidance counselor), Robin Coleman (intervention specialist), Ron Garman (sixth grade reading teacher), Betty Powers (first grade teacher), Katherine Ralston (custodian), Pam Ross (fifth grade teacher) and Laurie Russell (librarian).

“As you all know, with the changes that are starting in the State Teachers Retirement System [STRS] that in order to maintain retirement benefits, people are starting to retire,” said Boroff.

The resignations will be effective at the end of the 2012-13 contract year, with the exception of Bearer’s, which will take effect Dec. 19, contingent upon the STRS granting full retirement at that time, according to the board’s actions.

Also at the meeting, continuing contracts effective with the beginning of the 2013-14 school year were awarded, for Jason Cottrell (science teacher), Nick DePompei (guidance counselor), Robert Krisch (science teacher), Dan Mosher (math teacher), Dawn Peters (fourth grade teacher) and Rachel Walgate (social studies teacher).

Other personnel-related action included approval of one-year contracts for next school year for 34 certified staff members.

In other action, the board:

  • accepted donations with appreciation, including $2,520 to the Paulett Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of Tim Paulett; $130 in unused funds from the closing of FACTS, a political action committee, for the Revere High School Media Center; and $150 in additional funding for the Patrick Alfieri Lives Scholarship;
  • approved annual agreements with the Summit County Educational Service Center for services, space and the preschool program;
  • designated April 29 to May 3 as Staff Appreciation Week and May 2013 as Volunteer Appreciation Month; and
  • approved an amended agreement to increase compensation from The University of Akron to the district for student teachers. The district is to receive $160 for an eight-week assignment or $220 for a 12-week assignment, according to the amended agreement.

In other news, the strike among workers at Republic Services has caused delays in waste collection for the district, according to Kevin Matowitz, Revere’s business coordinator. However, trash had been picked up that day, he noted.

Also, Bath resident Dana Singer announced additional adult volunteers are needed for Community Project Pride, which will take place April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. Rain or shine, the roadside litter cleanup event will start at two locations: Bath Elementary School, 1246 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road, and Richfield Town Hall Pavilion, 4410 W. Streetsboro Road.

The board will meet for a work session May 14 at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building, 3496 Everett Road, and for its meeting May 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Revere High School Library, 3420 Everett Road.

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