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Board hears first-year details of three-year plan

4/20/2017 - South Side Leader
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By Joyce Rainey Long

Manchester Local Schools officials heard the first-year report for 2015-16 of the three-year plan at the Board of Education meeting April 18.

The three-year plan is a revolving document that is an educational guide for the district that evaluates the performance of many areas, according to district officials. The plan was developed with input from teachers and administrators, according to Rachel Schutte, director of curriculum and instruction.

“We are continuing to set new goals and continue on improving on everything we do here,” Schutte said.

“This helps us move along as a district,” added Superintendent James Robinson.

Highlights of the plan include the new 10-point grading scale implemented this school year for all students except for kindergartners.

“We now use pluses and minuses and it has been a positive change,” said Schutte, adding now students in Advanced Placement classes can receive five points for an A.

Another highlight is continuing counselor-led instructional programming. In 2014, Nolley Elementary began The Leader in Me program based on the book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Stephen Covey. Leadership skills are integrated into daily lessons for the kindergartners through fourth-graders.

Middle-schoolers are continuing the leadership program, said Schutte, and students are benefitting.

“Students face difficult challenges with social media and are learning good lifestyle habits with leadership training and are gaining self confidence,” Schutte said.

In other news, Robinson said a technology assist day for the community will be held May 9 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Manchester High School. Anyone needing assistance with cellphones or any electronic devices is invited to the event, where National Honor Society students and staff members will be available to help. Loralee Daily, attendance and athletic secretary at Manchester High School, came up with the idea.

In other business, the board approved:

• special education contracts with PSI Affiliates for speech and language pathologists’ service for the 2017-18 school year and LLA Therapy for physical and occupational therapy for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years;

• a continuing membership with the Ohio High School Athletic Association for Manchester High and Middle schools for the 2017-18 school year;

• the service plan agreement with Summit Educational Service Center;

• continuing contracts for four teachers who were deemed superior by their building principal and the superintendent. They also had to meet stringent qualifications, said Robinson. The teachers are Elizabeth Feesler, Becky Matson and Megan “Katie” Zuchowski from Nolley Elementary School and Ashley Nowak from Manchester Middle School;

• two classified employee appointments, three classified retirements, 10 classified two-year contracts, nine classified continuing contracts and three classified nonrenewals; and

• a $2,283 donation to Manchester Middle and Nolley Elementary schools from board member Randy Hoppe for a digital piano.

The next regular board meeting will take place May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 6075 Manchester Road in New Franklin.

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