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Manchester BOE approves teacher evaluation guidelines

8/22/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Joyce Rainey Long

Manchester Local Schools officials will welcome 14 new teachers when the school year begins Aug. 27.

This summer, 14 new teachers were hired for three school buildings, said Superintendent Sam Reynolds at the Aug. 20 Manchester Board of Education meeting.

“This is unusual [to have so many teachers]. It’s exciting for the things we’re doing. The new teachers have already met parents at open house and are showing what they’re about,” Reynolds said.

The board also approved new teacher evaluation guidelines that were set by the state.

“It was a cooperative effort between the administration and the Manchester Education Association (MEA),” said Reynolds. “We agreed not to negotiate point by point guidelines and to follow them on a pilot level this coming school year.”

He noted that other school districts have been in negotiations about the language set in the evaluation guidelines.

“We are very grateful to [the MEA] and their leadership. It’s a trait of our system that our teachers are very caring and accept challenges,” Reynolds said.

The teacher evaluation process includes an observation each semester by an administrator, self-assessments at the beginning of the school year and establishing two major goals and a professional growth plan, according to Reynolds. The guidelines also include information about teachers being evaluated on how well students perform on learning objectives, he said.

“This will make our teachers better quality teachers,” said board President Rick Sponseller.

In other business, the board:

  • hired Joseph Pukansky as girls tennis coach. He is a counselor at Manchester High School;
  • accepted a donation of $1,404 from the Nolley Elementary PTA for new books for the Nolley Library; and
  • approved one certified resignation and four certified appointments, including Joshua Chadima as a fourth-grade teacher at Nolley, Michael Addis as a permanent substitute and Christine Heatherman as part–time Spanish teacher, both at Manchester High School. Joshua Cintron was hired as a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Manchester Middle School, and he also will be the head wrestling coach.
    A new graduate of the University of Mount Union, Cintron wrestled throughout his college career, said Reynolds.
    “Our priority is always the classroom, and this worked out well for us. He won the job as a classroom teacher, but he’s also a wrestling coach,” Reynolds said.

In financial matters, Treasurer David Osborne said an audit is being conducted by Rea & Associates Inc. for a consortium with Springfield Local Schools and Cardinal Local Schools for drug rebates. Osborne said he has been preparing for the annual state audit that will take place next month.

The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 6075 Manchester Road.

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