Revere board discusses calamity days
The Revere Local Schools Board of Education discussed the district’s use of an extra calamity day this year and how it will be made up during the Feb. 20 meeting.
According to Superintendent Randy Boroff, the district has used six calamity days this school year, and is only allotted five before they must be made up.
“We’re fortunate in that we’ve only used six,” Boroff said. “I’ve talked to other districts that have used 10 to 12. I know of schools that are in session on Saturdays to make time up, schools that are doing away with spring break to make time up because they’ve missed so many days.”
The district has several different options to make up the day, according to Boroff. It can have classes on a planned in-service day, it can add a day at the end of the school year, or depending on what the Ohio General Assembly decides, it may not have to make up anything at all. The Ohio General Assembly is considering House Bill 416, which would permit up to two additional calamity or snow days and two teacher professional development days for Ohio schools for this school year. The Ohio House passed the bill Feb. 19, and it now is before the Ohio Senate.
Boroff said if the state doesn’t decide to allow extra calamity days, Revere will figure out when to add an extra day at that time.
At the board’s work session last week, the members discussed three items of interest. The first two had to do with upcoming facility projects, such as replacing roofs and windows where needed throughout the district. According to Treasurer David Forrest, the board discussed where the money from these projects will come from, as well as which architect to use for the project. No action was taken at the work session; however, during the board meeting, members voted in favor of appointing GPD Group as the district architect for these projects.
Forrest said during the meeting that the district has used this company several times in the past with good results.
The board also began discussions of possible changes to the middle school schedule at the work session. According to Forrest, the school would like to devote more time to language arts and math to help better prepare students for high school and beyond.
Forrest said these discussions are still in their preliminary stages and more information is needed before any final decisions will be made.
In other business, the board:
- approved a leave of absence for Ginny Habig, a first-grade teacher at Hillcrest Elementary School; Krista Rozek, a middle school math teacher; and Anastasia Bohush, a kindergarten teacher at Hillcrest Elementary school. The board also approved long-term substitute Erika Christy as the replacement for Lori Duke, a language arts teacher at the middle school who resigned, through the end of the school year;
- heard the first reading of proposed changes to the policy guide for the district. According to Boroff, there were no major changes to the policy, just updated language. The board will review the changes and discuss them at the board’s next work session; and
- approved the use of a bus and driver for two sessions of Safety Town to be held June 24 at Hillcrest Elementary.
The board will meet for a special meeting March 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 3496 Everett Road, and for its regular meeting March 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Revere High School Library, 3420 Everett Road.
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