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New textbooks introduced to Highland students

8/22/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Highland Local Schools Curriculum and Instruction Director Laurie Boedicker gave a presentation to board members and residents about the use of new language arts textbooks at the Highland Board of Education meeting Aug. 19.

Boedicker explained the process involved in the selection of the materials and discussed highlights of the chosen materials.

She said the new textbooks in the district’s Language Arts Department included “Reading Wonders” for elementary school classes, “Prentice Hall Literature” for middle school classes and “Holt McDougal Literature” for high school classes. She said the books are already in the hands of the students and can be used for the next seven school years.

District Treasurer Neil Barnes reported the textbooks cost approximately $500,000.

After hearing Boedicker’s presentation, the board approved the use of the new class materials.

In other business:

  • Board Vice President Robert Kelly reported he attended meetings regarding the proposed Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) in Granger. He emphasized that he voiced his concerns on the matter as a citizen, not as a board member. He said he believes it is important to broaden the tax base in Granger and the CRA serves as an opportunity to bring in corporate headquarters that would bring money in to the district. [For more on that, see the Granger Township Board of Trustees meeting report on Page 1.]
  • Superintendent Catherine Aukerman thanked all of the staff members of the district for their efforts throughout the summer in preparing for the school year. She also reported a successful first day of school and said she looks forward to a great school year.
  • Highland High School Principal Dana Addis welcomed the school’s new assistant principal, Carrie Knapp. He said Knapp had taught at Wadsworth High School for 13 years. [For more on Knapp, see the related Education News & Notes item in the Aug. 15, 2013, West Side Leader, or visit the archives at www.akron.com.]

Addis also led a discussion on the possibility of Green High School leaving the Suburban League due to being courted by the Federal League. He said this possibility brought about discussion of reorganizing the Suburban League, possibly expanding it. [On Aug. 20, the Green Local School District announced Superintendent Jeff Miller would be recommending the Federal League’s invitation to join the league in 2015-16 at the Aug. 26 Green school board meeting.]

Also at the meeting, the board approved the following:

√ Highland Board of Education President Dr. Norman Christopher as a delegate for the annual business meeting of the Ohio School Boards Association Nov. 11;

√ the school district’s bus routes for this school year;

√ a transportation release for a kindergarten student to Berea City Schools for transportation purposes;

√ the use of Highland Middle School facilities for various purposes; and

√ eleven contracts with various organizations, including HL Loyalty Nursing and Medina Creative Accessibility.

The next meeting is set for Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Media Center at Highland High School, 4150 Ridge Road.

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