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Board of Education Holds March Meeting

The North Baltimore School District Board of Education moved up the regular monthly meeting by a week to accommodate Spring Break. Board member Cheryl Cotterman was absent, while Jeremy Sharninghouse was a late arriver to the twenty-two minute meeting last Tuesday (March 21)

Superintendent Ryan Delaney‘s  comments included:
* Spring Break is next week
* The ball fields passed the “Final Inspection” and are all set to go
* There will not be special “Summer Projects” anymore, instead there is now year-round scheduled maintenance
* Many “Thank-yous” have been received from community members, students, boosters, etc. for the purchase of the acoustic sound panels that are used for programs performed by  the musical arts. They make a wonderful enhancement to the sound.

Dr. Bob Falkenstein‘s report is as follows:

  1. The ACT for most juniors is rescheduled to April 19 at NBHS.  However, some students must take the ACT prior to spring break.  We placed phone calls to those students to come in tomorrow (3/22) and Thursday (3/23).  The ACT was mandated by the Ohio Department of Education to be given this year to all juniors in Ohio.  ODE set the testing window dates.  Those “windows” differ for varying student groups.  We had arranged today (3/21) to have freshmen, sophomores and seniors stay home, but now all students have school as scheduled the rest of this week.  We’ll see everyone on Wednesday!  Thank you for working through this with us.
  2. Tuesday, March 28 is our grand opening of baseball and softball fields. We will welcome MUDDY AND MUDONNA from the Toledo Mud Hens at 4:30-5:30.  Bring the kids, take some pictures and enjoy the games!  Full concessions will be available at the corner window of the field house.  Indoor, heated bathrooms are accessible from outside doors on the east side of the Woodruff Building.
    Muddy

    Mudonna
  3. Our Blood Drive was a big success! Thank you to those who came to donate.
  4. The Musical will be held on April 22 at 7 pm and April 23 at 3 pm.
  5. The end of course exam schedule is below. We sent letters home.

ELA Grades 7-10: Wednesday and Thursday, April 5-6.  Grades 11-12 are delayed for 2 hours those 2 days.  Buses run at usual times.   Delayed students must provide their own transportation.  Make-up would be April 7.

Math Grades 7-10: Wednesday and Thursday, April 26-27.  Grades 11-12 are delayed for 2 hours those 2 days.  Buses run at usual times.  Delayed students must provide their own transportation.   Make-up would be April 28.

Social Studies Grades 9-10 and Science Grade 8: Wednesday, May 3.  Grades 11-12 are delayed those 2 days.   Buses run at usual times.  Delayed students must provide their own transportation.    Make-up day would be May 4.

Powell Principal Mr. Lange‘s highlights  reported:

* 100% of the 3rd grade have passed the 3rd Grade Guarantee assessments (Congratulations!)
* KISS Day, Powell Art Show, Spring Pictures, All A and B Luncheon have been held in March.
*Several new benches have been purchased for under the pergola on the playground. Also, Mr. Lange, Mr. Delaney, and Mr. Lange’s advisory committee are reviewing needs and developing a 3-5 year plan for upgrades to the playground.
*Mr. Delaney and Mr. Lange are exploring the opportunities to provide hot breakfasts and expanded choices next year. They hope to increase participation. Currently about 120 kids eat breakfast at school.
*Mr. Lange is also working with the ESC/ STARS coordinator to increase participation in the summer program held at Powell.
*Powell and the NB Public Library are teaming together for a special Kick-Off assembly at the end of the school year to get kids enthused about the Summer Reading Program.

Other items of interest during the brief meeting:
*The Board accepted the resignation for retirement of Eric Mays, effective June 30,2017.
*The Board  approved an increase for substitute teachers from $75 per day to $85 per day beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. “It’s been eleven years since there has been an increase,” said Superintendent Delaney.

The Board moved to Executive action. No further action was expected to be taken.

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