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Manchester treasurer retiring

2/20/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Joyce Rainey Long

Also, BOE hears second year of Three-Year Plan

The Manchester Local Schools Board of Education (BOE) accepted the retirement of longtime Treasurer David Osborne after an executive session during the Feb. 18 meeting and hired current Assistant Treasurer Jennifer Rucker as his replacement.

David Osborne, 66, who has been the district’s treasurer for 28 years, will retire April 30.

“It’s been fun to watch the district grow, and I’ve enjoyed working with the people,” said Osborne, who plans to golf and enjoy vacations with his family.

According to district officials, Rucker, who has been the assistant treasurer for 10 years, was offered a three-year contract by the board and will be paid $69,000 a year. She is a graduate of Manchester High School.

Also during the meeting, district officials heard a district-wide strategic plan for continuous improvement. The second year of the Three-Year Plan was presented by James Robinson, Ph.D., director of curriculum and instruction. The plan is an educational guide for the district that evaluates the performance of the district in many areas. It was developed with input from teachers and administrators, Robinson said.

“This is a reflection of what we did last year in three areas: curriculum, administration and building and grounds,” said Robinson. “The district is being frugal and is [financially] stable. ... This has been a lot of hard work by teachers and administrators and represents well what we’ve done.”

Some highlights of the plan include the work at Nolley Elementary School on the Third Grade Guarantee, said Robinson. According to state mandates, children who are behind in reading must be identified between grades kindergarten and third and must be on track by the end of third grade.

“We have been on top of this, to [Nolley Principal] Mrs. [Christi] Pappas’ credit, and we’re working on it and it’s going smoothly,” Robinson said.

No students were held back last school year for not meeting the reading guarantee, according to the plan.

Another highlight of the plan includes intervention academic assistance being provided for all students through various clubs, programs and tutoring.

Students in advanced placement (AP) calculus are making positive progress, according to the plan. Last year, 86 percent of the students who took the AP calculus exam got a score of a three or higher out of five, which gives them college credit, Robinson said.

“The roofs are in order,” said Robinson about the buildings and grounds, noting buckets are no longer catching water in the school buildings. The roofs were repaired last summer.

Superintendent Sam Reynolds thanked everyone who was involved with developing the plan.

“They do it for the Manchester community and for the children of this community,” Reynolds said, adding at the beginning of each school year, goals of the district are established, and the goals must be adjusted according to decisions and changes from the state government.

In other business, the board:

  • approved eight supplemental appointments, with six of them for volunteer coaching assistant positions with the baseball and softball teams;
  • approved a donation of $220 from Dr. James Goff for football practice field rental; and
  • announced Musical Soup will be held March 22 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at Manchester High School and will feature choir and instrumental performances by high school and middle school students. The event is free, and dinner can be purchased.

The next regular meeting will be March 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 6075 Manchester Road.

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