The Adams County/Ohio Valley School Board convened at the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center on Monday evening. A small reception in recognition of those who volunteer time to the schools was offered to attendees with cake and punch provided by the OVCTC.
After the reception, the board was called to order and the meeting progressed to the official recognition of the volunteers. Only a few of those being honored were able to attend, however, all were named and a certificate will be given to each, thanking them for their services. In addition to being recognized, each volunteer received a black, fold able director’s chair with “I support Adams County Schools” written across the back in white.
During the business segment of the meeting, the board discussed the first reading of the new Third Grade Reading Guarantee Summer and Midyear Promotion Procedures. This topic was discussed in the previous meeting but no decision was made as the board wanted more information. The policy presented came from the State’s suggested policy.
If a student does not pass the third grade reading assessment, they will not be promoted to the fourth grade, though, they will be allowed to take fourth grade classes in subjects other than reading. If the student passes the reading assessment in the fall of the year they are retained, they will be promoted to the fourth grade midyear. If the student does not pass the reading assessment in the fall, however, they will remain in the third grade for the rest of the year.
This can generate a problem in that the student may have already taken fourth grade material and will have to retake that material when they enter the fourth grade the following year. The board discussed this complication and most members expressed a dislike for how this policy works.
The board then mentioned how they didn’t think they had established any policy so far. Curriculum Director Lisa Toole explained that this was simply the standard policy that they were presenting to the board, as they needed something to show for the first reading. Additional discussion focused on the fact that districts may be legally required to promote midyear without having an option and therefore the adoption policy was a foregone conclusion.
The board decided to look into the legal aspects and see if they were obligated to promote midyear, before moving forward with the policy.
The agenda moved discussion towards the maintenance of sports facilities. The running track at West Union High School is in need of replacement. The track has already been repaved once, which is the most a track is recommended to have done before needing complete replacement. While all the tracks at all the schools are aging, West Union’s was deemed by the subcommittee to be in the worst shape.
The board also approved a resolution to recondition the basketball court at Peebles High School. Originally the agenda stated that all three basketball floors were going to be reconditioned. The subcommittee recommended only one be reconditioned this year, because of the way Ohio laws require bidding.
If the amount of money spent is above a certain threshold, the board would have to advertise for bids, and the lowest bid would have to be accepted. However, the difference between good reconditioning work and bad reconditioning work is substantial, while the difference in price would only be $1,000 to $3,000 per floor.
The subcommittee recommended that Cincinnati Floor, whom they felt did excellent work, be granted the contract to recondition the Peebles High School basketball court for $18,000. Again, Peebles High School has the floor in the worst condition, which is why it was selected to be reconditioned first. The original floor was installed and reconditioned poorly, leading to it’s current poor condition, which was further proof for the subcommittee that they did not want to go with the company that bids the lowest price.
The board also accepted the resignations of staff members. In the last board meeting, the following resignations were accepted: Francis Cruz-Zeyla, teacher, Laura Denton, teacher, for retirement, Wayne Edingfield, teacher, for retirement, Laurel Hamilton, Special Education Supervisor, for retirement, Ashlee Howard, Jr. High Cheerleader Sponsor, Amy Howard, volunteer Assistant Cheerleader Sponsor, Jane Leonard, teacher, for retirement, Donna Shepherd, teacher, for retirement, and Brenda Wilson, teacher, for retirement. The meeting also saw the board accept the resignations of Carol Crawford, teacher, for retirement, Martha Gorman, teacher for retirement, Casey Harness, bus driver, and Resheena Daniels-Wallace, teacher, for retirement.
The Casey Harness resignation caused the board to discuss a situation with the bus drivers. Currently, the union contracts don’t allow the schools to require drivers to remain after receiving training. Thus, new bus drivers are being hired and receiving training from the ACOVSD, then quitting to work for better pay in other districts. All on the board agreed that it was a topic that needed addressed in a future meeting.
Finally, the board addressed pending extended field trips. The OVCTC trip to the Ohio State FFA Convention in Columbus was approved for May 1 - 2. The Peebles High School FFA will be attending the State FFA in Columbus on April 30 - May 2. West Union High School Varsity Girls Basketball will have their camp at Wilmington College on June 19 - 20, while the West Union Varsity Cheerleaders are heading to Parkersburg, W.Va. on May 30 - June 1. The Jr. High Varsity Cheerleaders will also attend camp in Parkersburg, W.Va. from June 6 - 8.
Paul Hannah can be reached at (937) 544-2391.