New teacher evaluation system, technology updates considered by the Mt. Gilead BOE
By Taylor Kaser -
Changes in the way that teachers performances are evaluated were explained at the Mt. Gilead Board of Educations regular meeting on February 19. Curriculum Coordinator Barb Gentille Green used a slide show presentation to help explain the new state mandated changes.
All teachers at Mt. Gilead schools will now have to be up to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) standards. A major component of the new system is that teachers will be monitored twice yearly while working with a class, by administrators. The observer will then write a detailed review of the performance.
Previously, senior teachers were monitored every other year, with newer instructors being evaluated once yearly.
Teachers will be graded as: accomplished, proficient, developing, or ineffective. Those that are rated low will then follow up with administrators to develop a strategy to help them improve, explained Green.
Both Green and Board President Jeff Sweeney agreed that the new will be an improvement to the system, and aid in helping the teachers themselves.
Technology Director Ryan Curtis informed the board that districts server project migration is now complete. All of the old computers have now been moved to the new system, and all staff computers are on the new infrastructure.
A recent transportation in service day instructed the districts bus drivers on safety. Additionally, drivers for all of the districts around the county were invited to attend the four and one half hour day of instruction.
Guests speakers addressed the drivers, said Transportation Supervisor Brenda Legros, including Lt. Toby Smith from the Mt. Gilead State Patrol Post. He discussed safety and how to deal with potentially dangerous situations. Other speakers, including Susie Sexton from the Tomorrow Center spoke to drivers about identifying serious emotional issues that students may face.
Legros explained that the main focus of the day was safety, as a result of the districts close inspection of school security.
Changes in the lunchroom are cutting wait time and giving students more time to eat, reported Food Service Director Cindy Jennings. Previously, she noted that it took almost the entire lunch period to move all the students through the lunch line. After visiting other districts, Jennings implemented some of the new methods she learned. The lunch line wait time has been cut in about half, she stated.
Also approved by the board, was the acceptance of a bid from Vasco Sports Contractor for cleaning and resurfacing of the track. The estimated cost of the project is $45,000.