By Sue Miklovic
It only took the North Baltimore Board of Education 36 minutes to conduct all the business on their agenda for the August meeting. Board members Tami Thomas, Jaimye Bushey, Tim Archer, and Jeremy Sharninghouse were in attendance, Member Cheryl Cotterman is on an extended medical leave, according to Superintendent Ryan Delaney.
Most of the time was spent approving the usual list of expenditures and contracts.
Among the highlights:
*the District received Wood County Manufactured Home Tax distribution payment
*7 kids enrolled in College Credit Plus this year (this number is down, as several students chose Dual enrollment)
*LED outdoor lighting project completed district wide.This project is a pay-back/cost-recovery for the district
*accepted resignation of Charlotte Powell,MS ELA teacher
*hired Chad Jones, MS ELA teacher, one year contract
*approved contract to Pam VanMooy as RTI coordinator, limited to 36 days
*seven teachers completed additional educational hours, moving them to different placements on the salary scale
*mentor stipends approved for 6 teachers, as per contract. Mr. Delaney said this program may go away next year
*there is a new sports trainer this year, Mychael Patterson, through an agreement with Mercy Health/St. Vincent Medical Center not to exceed 30 hours.week
*agreed to share costs with the Village for a School Resource Officer
*approved an on-going agreement with the Village to provide police and security protection for school events
*accepted $2750.00 to be used toward a wellness initiative for staff
*accepted a donation of$701.65 from Millstream Area Credit Union for the installation of a special needs swing at Powell Elementary School.
*mentioned a new Village rule for “Fundraising”–groups need to notify the village before they solicit homes in town
Report from Powell Principal, Mr. Mark Lange:
The year is off to a great start! This was my 18th “First Day of School,” and I think it has been the best one I have experienced so far. Kindergarteners all reported to school yesterday for the first time and the first five days have been smooth sailing.
Over the next couple of weeks, teachers will be giving the students their SLO assessments which are used as part of the teacher evaluation process. They are also giving benchmark assessments for Wonders and Go Math so that we can identify those students that continue to struggle.
The new pick-up procedures at Powell are proving to be beneficial. It seems to be a long wait, but Monday we were done in 12 minutes and today took just 10. My realistic goal is to have all students picked up in 6 minutes.
Our primary fund-raiser this year will be the same as last year. It will run from September 20th to September 27th. We will have a kick-off assembly on Tuesday, September 19th in the afternoon. I am still waiting to hear a confirmed time from Steve, the sales rep. We have a great incentive program lined up which should hopefully drive sales for us again this year.
I would like to welcome Debbie Arnesan as a 4th, 5th, and 6th grade aide and recess monitor and Mariah Archer as our iReady aide and intervention support aide. Both are settling into their new roles very quickly! The preschool also welcomes Baily Ridge as a preschool aide this year. Welcome aboard.
The preschool program was awarded 5-Stars by the state. This is a HUGE accomplishment and very few schools receive this honor. When you see the preschool staff, please thank them for their hard work and congratulate them on being awarded this prestigious honor.
On the morning of September 19th, we will be having the NED Show assembly for all students in the building. NED is a free character education program that comes recommended to us. This performance is America’s most popular character education assembly! Each year, more than 2 million students across the United States, Canada, the UK, New Zealand and Australia enjoy the NED Show performance which has also been performed 11 times at the White House.
Our first Response to Intervention (RtI) meeting will be September 19th. I am appreciative that we are able to continue to have Pam VanMooy as part of the RtI team.
Hearing screenings for K, 1, 3, and 5 will be on Thursday September 14th. Those students in 2nd, 4th, and 6th will only be screened if they are serviced by an IEP or 504.
Fall picture day is on Friday, September 29th along with Donuts for Dads which will be the same morning from 7-7:45 am. We will send home information for all of the dads or important male figures in several weeks.
We now have an emergency EpiPen supply in the nurse’s office. They were received free of charge along with a storage box thanks to the efforts of Paula Beaupry.
Report from NBHS Principal, Dr. Bob Falkenstein:
- We had a superior start to the new school year! Our students attending Penta and CBI are doing great too.
- BVC Website: bvcathletics.com is up and running
- Fall homecoming: September 22-23
- 9th Annual Dodge Ball tournament will take place after the football game on October 20 in the gym
- Winter Homecoming: January 27, 2018
- Our new Cross Categorical Resource Room is functioning well
- Our new Chromebook design with carts in each room has been warmly received by students and staff
- Our new staff members are learning something new each day. Sarah as Athletic Director, Amy as Head Cook, 3 new teachers. Welcome Chad Jones, 7th grade ELA!