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Copley-Fairlawn BOE sets school days through 2017

2/27/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

The dates are set for the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years in the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools District, as the Board of Education (BOE) approved three years of school calendars at the Feb. 18 meeting.

Superintendent Brian Poe said state law beginning July 1 will allow the district to count the number of instruction hours rather than the number of school days to calculate the school year.

Effectively, that reduces the number of instruction days from 178 under the old system to 176, he said.

In related action, the board approved a memorandum of understanding for the calendars, specifying two additional professional development days for each school year, which next year would occur in August and March.

Even with the added two days for teacher professional development, the calendars still allow for seven calamity days, said Poe.

The Copley Teacher’s Association approves of the changes, added Poe.

“We just feel it’s a better use of the days,” he said.

The next school year will begin Aug. 26, with the final day for students set for June 4, 2015.

All three approved calendars are available on the district’s website at www.copley-fairlawn.org.

In other action, the board accepted the resignation of Copley-Fairlawn Middle School science teacher Stephen Coon, serving the district for 28 years, effective May 30.

Arrowhead Primary School tutor Laura Lee Frank’s resignation also was accepted, retroactive to Jan. 31.

Other employment decisions included hiring 29 certified employees as before and after-school Ohio Achievement Assessment and Ohio Graduation Test interventionists for the current school year and 21 athletic coaches for spring sports. The district continues to seek an assistant softball coach, said Poe.

Also at the meeting, the board recognized students of the month for January, including: Nicholas Molnar for Arrowhead, Cameron Bell for Fort Island Primary School, Kenzie Evans for Herberich Primary School, Olivia Olorunto for the middle school and Isaiah Barnett for Copley High School. The honored athlete of the month was swimmer Brenda Prifti.

In other honors, the board congratulated junior Grant Stouffer and sophomore Zachary Varley for winning a trip to Washington, D.C., for their achievements on the American Legion Americanism and Government test administered last November. The high school students were among 18 students in Ohio to win the trips. [For more on that, see “Copley students earn D.C. trip in American Legion contest” in the Jan. 30, 2014, edition or visit our archives at www.akron.com.]

The board will hold its next regular meeting March 18 at 6 p.m. in the Copley High School Conference Room, 3797 Ridgewood Road.

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