Thomas picked to head North Baltimore board

Staff Writer
NORTH BALTIMORE — The North Baltimore school board Tuesday selected a board president and discussed achievements by the district.
Tami Thomas was selected by her peers as board president for 2017.
The school board also welcomed its new district treasurer, Steven Stewart, to his first board meeting. Stewart replaced Eve Baldwin, who retired last month after 26 years in the post.
District Superintendent Ryan Delaney said, “It has been a wonderful transition.”
Delaney also praised the school district.
He said he has attended recent meetings with other area school officials. Some other school board meetings, Delaney was told, were “giant fights.”
“Our situation here is phenomenal,” the superintendent said. “I have no problem sharing the good things (here).”
Separately, high school Principal Bob Falkenstein announced that the high school will add a college credit course.
In partnership with Bowling Green State University, North Baltimore will offer a general studies writing course next year.
Also, Falkenstein said that at the month’s end, discussions will begin for class schedule offerings for next school year. Students in grades nine through 11 will meet with school officials, he said.
Also, 52 percent of 42 third-grade students who took the Third Grade Guarantee test for reading assessments scored proficient or better.
That compares to 37 percent statewide who scored proficient or better, according to the Ohio Department of Education.
Powell Elementary School Principal Mark Lange said students who need to pass the test will have three more attempts to do so.
In other business, the school board:
• Held a closed executive session for the stated purpose of discussing personnel matters.
• Renewed its membership with the Ohio School Boards Association for 2017 with a fee of $4,000.
• Approved a membership with the Equity and Adequacy Coalition at a cost of $360.
• Accepted a donation of $100 from Meijer in Findlay for the North Baltimore Middle School/High School Tiger Care and Share Pantry.
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