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Revere updating policies

5/23/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

BATH — The Revere Local School District Board of Education (BOE) gathered for a special meeting May 14 to consider time-sensitive matters.

The agenda included first readings on four policies now needed to comply with state mandates and the issuance of bids for a sewer system project for Bath Elementary School.

According to Superintendent Randy Boroff, the board planned second readings on the four policies, with votes to follow, at the regular meeting held May 21.

One item was to consider the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) model approved by the State Board of Education for standards-based teacher evaluation.

Formal observations and informal classroom walkthroughs will make up 50 percent of the criteria for evaluating teacher performance, according to a draft of the new policy.

The board is required to have a new policy in place by July 1 reflecting the new evaluation system, according to Boroff.

The board also conducted a first reading of a revision to their bylaws regarding special meetings, specifying they may discuss only topics on the agenda, defined in a public notice made at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Another first reading was for a new policy regarding the limited use of restraint and seclusion in dealing with student behavior.

Also, the board heard a first reading of a revised policy for interscholastic athletics to include a requirement for a form signed by parents or guardians indicating they have received information about head injuries.

Students with signs of head injuries or concussions may be removed by coaches and not allowed to return to sports until they have been assessed and cleared by a doctor, according to a draft of the policy.

Also at the meeting, on Treasurer David Forrest’s agenda, the board agreed to go out for bids to demolish a sewer plant at Bath Elementary and to connect to the sanitary sewer system operated by Akron.

The project, estimated to cost around $125,000 and be completed in December, includes designing a new sanitary pump station and force main to discharge to the city of Akron’s existing sanitary sewer along Bath Road.

— By Ariel Hakim

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