Revere Schools recognizes National Merit qualifiers

BATH — The Revere Local School Board of Education honored 16 Revere High School (RHS) juniors who recently qualified for the National Merit Scholarship program Nov. 15.
RHS Principal Andrew Peltz introduced semi-finalists Adelyn Brookover, Taylor Creveling, Devin Donich, Tate Johnson, Wesley Leong, Philip Liu, Calin Milicia, Sara Tomechko, Lauren Weil and Annabelle Yost; and Commended Scholars Abigail Disalvo, Luke Furukawa, Lillian Kayani, Allison Meixner, Rishi Velma and Bora Zook.
Peltz explained high school juniors take the pre-SAT test and those scoring in the top 3% earn Commended Scholar status and those in the top 1% are named semi-finalists in the program.
Peltz added: “This is not just a high school achievement, this is a pre-K through 12th-grade achievement.”
Also during the meeting, the board’s Facilities and Grounds committee shared renderings of two upcoming projects — a new stadium entrance and two new playgrounds at Richfield Elementary School (RES).
The new stadium entrance, which was not included when the district constructed the new RHS building, is projected to be completed by the start of the next school year. The new RES playgrounds are a joint project with the RES PTA and will be constructed in two phases, with the first expected to be completed next August.
Committee members Claudia Hower and Diana Sabitsch noted that the new playgrounds are designed to Americans with Disabilities Act standards with a focus on accessibility for all students.
In other business, the board approved Treasurer Rick Berdine’s five-year forecast.
Berdine announced the district will have a projected balance of $10.1 million June 30, 2026, which he said compares favorably to the $5.6 million balance at that date projected in the May 2022 forecast. He credited the increase to continuing tax revenue growth from new construction and valuation growth, increasing investment returns, Crystal Clinic tax-increment financing (TIF) payments in lieu of taxes, personnel cost savings and grant funds.
“Revere Local Schools benefits tremendously from a growing tax base and supportive community and we do not take any of this for granted,” said Berdine. “We strive to be good stewards of the resources provided to us and to provide outstanding educational opportunities for our students.”
Also at the meeting, Curriculum Coordinator Marcia Roach and four RES teachers presented on the Science of Reading and Structural Literacy program currently being used to help RES students improve reading comprehension skills.
In other business, the board approved agreements with the International Institute of Akron Inc. and H-I Translating and Interpreting to provide language interpreters and interpreting services for district families for whom English is not the primary language; and with Harbor Education Services LLC to provide the LEAP program for a new district student.
Prior to adjournment, board President Keith Malick spoke about the Nov. 8 bomb threat at Bath Elementary School. He commended School Resource Officer Scott Dressler and first responders for their “phenomenal efforts” in ensuring the safety of the 600 students, who were safely evacuated and transported to RHS within 30 minutes of the first alert. He also commended Superintendent Michael Tefs and the administration staff for rapid communication with BES parents, and RHS students for welcoming and helping the BES students while they sheltered at the high school.
The board will meet Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the media center at Revere High School, 3420 Everett Road. Board meetings are available for public viewing one day after the meeting at www.revereschools.org/boardmeetings.