By JIM MAURER
CAREY — The Carey school administration will meet with Nick Rider, the district’s new technology coordinator, later this month to develop a plan for staff and students to have access to devices such as laptops, notebooks or iPads.
“It would be a really positive thing to get technology into their hands,” Superintendent Mike Wank said.
The plan is expected to be ready for the board’s July 14 regular meeting.
Separately, Wank said clearing of the property for the new school began Monday and building design continues.
Over the next two months, he said there will be “a lot more activity” at the site. He proposed a groundbreaking event for early afternoon June 27.
Separately, temporary appropriations were approved for 2015, listing more than $7.9 million for the general fund and total appropriations of more than $23.5 million.
Separately, the board authorized Wank to approve property and liability insurance “based on the most responsible quote,” according to the resolution.
Also, the board accepted a $1,500 donation from an anonymous person to be used for art, music and technology in the elementary building.
The board also accepted the retirement of Sue Zender, high school secretary, effective July 1. She has 18 years in the district.
The board approved Natalie Ahlers as a special education teacher for a one-year limited teaching contract for the 2014-2015 school year. Laura Hunt and Lynelle Lortz were each granted continuing contracts, or tenure.
The board also held an executive session for the stated purpose of discussing teacher and non-teacher contracts and union contract negotiations. No action was taken.
Junior/Senior High School Principal Peter Cole said letters have been sent to parents/guardians of high school students outlining the district’s drug testing policy, effective with the 2014-15 school year. A meeting will be held July 30 to have school officials and representatives of the testing laboratory explain the policy and testing.
In a related matter, the board approved the junior/senior high school handbook for next school year and the athletic code of conduct. Both include references to the drug testing policy and the penalties.
Separately, Cole also presented the Ohio Graduation Test results from the latest round of testing: reading, 90 percent passing rate; math, 78 percent; writing, 90 percent; science, 76 percent; and social studies, 90 percent. The district needed 80 percent to meet the state’s “proficiency” standard. In prior years, 75 percent passing rate was the minimum standard.
For students needing to pass math, intervention began Monday and will continue this week before the test is given again June 16. Intervention will be held June 16-19 for science, with the test given June 20.
Also, board President Mike Roszman will pay for a pizza party for the grade level which has the highest percentage of students in grades 1-6 named to the honor roll each grading period. He provided a similar incentive this year to students at Our Lady of Consolation Elementary School.
Projected class sizes are: first grade — 59 students; second grade — 65; third grade — 50; fourth grade — 57; fifth grade — 51; and sixth grade — 49.
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