This brief summary outlines action the Board of Education took at its meeting March 12, 2014. The wrap-up is just one way we are committed to sharing important news and information about Groveport Madison Schools with our community.
SUMMER SCHOOL FOR TEACHERS
Students may not be the only ones hitting the books this summer. The University of Cincinnati is offering teachers from Groveport Madison significantly reduced rates for its online summer school through the College of Education. Interested staff can take advantage of the opportunity to fulfill requirements for reading and gifted endorsements, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and the College's online teaching and learning certificate. Specifics have been shared internally.
ROUND-UP BY COMMITTEE FOR BETTER SCHOOLS IS HUGE SUCCESS
Chris Snyder, co-chair of the committee supporting Issue 4, told the Board the March 11 Levy Kickoff event at Asbury Church was a huge success. Snyder, who was on hand to give an update about the Committee for Better Schools and its recent activity, said many students, teachers, community members and volunteers attended the rally. He also reminded Board members that the Committee and a number of volunteers would be walking door-to-door on April 5, 6 and 9 to homes in the district to deliver information about the May 6 ballot measure.
Issue 4 combines a 6.68-mill, five-year operating and permanent improvement levy with a 2.24-mill bond issue. It would sustain district finances and alleviate overcrowding at the high school. If passed, the Ohio School Facilities Commission would pay 53 percent of the cost to build a new school.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: TESTING PUSHED BACK
The spring OAAs - Ohio Achievement Assessments - will be given a week later than originally scheduled. Monique Hamilton, Director of School Improvement, said the Ohio Department of Education is allowing districts to move testing days by a week because of the winter's extreme conditions. The new dates are: May 5, reading; May 6, math; and May 7, science. Make-ups are May 8, 9 and 12.
AN EXPERIMENT OF ONE KIND OR ANOTHER
Teachers have been testing out new science resources from several companies as the district gears up to adopt a science course of study that meets the state's new Content Standards. The teachers will give their final reports on March 28 to the School Improvement department, which will then make a recommendation to the Board for approval.
REVIEWING TEACHER REVIEWS
Principals are required this year to evaluate teachers using a different model developed by the State of Ohio called the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES). Dennis Harden, Director of Human Resources, asked Principals Matthew DeCastro (Sedalia Elementary) and John Hurd (Middle School Central) to give a brief review of the new methods. They both agreed while there certainly is a learning curve and a need to adapt to the significant time commitment, the new steps give them clearer examples of a teacher's strengths and areas that require growth.