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Manchester district approves new courses of study

12/19/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Joyce Rainey Long

The Manchester Board of Education approved courses of study for kindergarten through 12th grade in math, language arts, science and social studies at the Dec. 17 meeting.

James Robinson, Ph.D., director of curriculum and instruction, presented the guidelines to district officials. Robinson said he and many teachers have worked on the project for more than a year, adding the state will require new testing for the 2014-15 school year.

“We made a map and curriculum of each area with a gap analysis, so the teachers could see what areas we have met and what we needed to add or take out,” said Robinson. “The teachers did a great job.”

He said other districts might not outline the new guidelines as Manchester did.

“We want to make our kids competitive with others in this country and around the world,” said Superintendent Sam Reynolds.

The board also held the annual Records Commission meeting with the district treasurer, superintendent and board president regarding possibly destroying old documents.

As required by the Ohio Revised Code, the board will first offer the old paperwork from the district to the Ohio Historical Society, but it will most likely be shredded, Treasurer David Osborne said. Some documents, including board minutes and payroll records, must be preserved.

The board also approved the advance of local taxes for the 2013 tax year.

In another matter, district officials thanked Jay Hunter, board vice president, for his eight years of service to the board. Hunter did not seek re-election this past November.

“It’s been a privilege, honor and pleasure working for Manchester. It’s been a growing experience for me to be part of the board,” he said, and he thanked residents for their financial support of the schools.

“Thank you for taking eight years of your life. You spent a lot of personal time for the best interest of Manchester children,” said Reynolds, adding Hunter was instrumental in adding ethics clauses to all administrative contracts. Hunter also started a program for anti-bullying and suicide prevention in 2011, which is paid for by donations from the compensation each member receives for serving on the school board.

In other business, the board:

  • accepted two classified resignations and two classified appointments;
  • accepted one supplemental resignation and one supplemental appointment;
  • approved a trip for the varsity wrestling team to a Brecksville tournament Dec. 29-30; and
  • approved the varsity softball trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., from March 30 through April 7, 2014.

The board adjourned to executive session to discuss personnel matters.

At the beginning of the meeting, Manchester Singers from the high school serenaded the board with two Christmas songs led by Rick Harper, music teacher at the high school and middle school.

An organizational meeting will take place Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular board meeting, in the Administrative Building, located at 6075 Manchester Road.

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