Cardington faculty, admin proposes classes held during fair week
By Evelyn Long -
A discussion on the proposed school calendar for 2013–2014 prompted a debate at the March 11 Cardington School Board meeting about either changing the start date of the Morrow County Fair or having students attend classes during fair week.
The calendar was prepared and approved through a contract with the administration and faculty. The calendar calls for the opening day of school for students to be August 19 and continue through the first three days of the Morrow County Fair with no school August 29–30 and resuming on September 3.
It was explained the teachers feel they need these early days of contact with the students for assessment because the assessment dates for grades 3–8 are set by the state for the last week of April and first week of May. This is the first time assessment results are tied to teacher evaluation.
Board member Tim Brake said, “I’m not leaving any grey area here: I’m not in favor of going to school during fair week. However, if it’s for elementary testing, let’s move the start date. We do have third graders who participate in the fair. Monday is move-in day. That’s a big day at the fair — I’ve been involved and been on the Morrow County Fair Board,” he said. “Notice in the Morrow County Sentinel where 4-H is growing — look at the levy support– 4-H had a levy on and it was highly supported. This county and community support the Morrow County Fair. My oldest daughter’s fair wins and scholarship money paid her first two years of college.”
“If we need more days for testing, then start earlier, but take fair week off,” Brake continued. “I see information on there about excusing. I don’t think it’s right to have these kids choose. If they want to participate in the fair — some of these projects are year-long projects. I was against starting before fair week. The numbers reflect in this — Do we need three more days of testing in the elementary?” he asked.
Superintendent Brian Petrie noted the teachers feel they need that time to do the testing without interruption. He drew a similarity to those students who come to school at 7:30 a.m. to practice for athletics or band. Asking them to do that is no different from asking students to go to school those fair days. He also referred to other fairs such as the Loudonville Street Fair where students go to school all but the last two days of the event.
Board member Marilyn Davis said she had grown up with the fair.
“I was a 4-H member and we’re talking about students who are good students in this school district and are good students because of their 4-H background and their participation at the county level,” she stated. “In the past, schools participated at all levels — the band, booths, displays, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, not just 4-H. We’re talking about testing. If our teachers are doing their jobs and our students are performing well it would not matter when the test comes– it’s like a test anytime in college– they have to be ready. I thought I needed extra time but kids need time to be kids — and our county needs to support our kids. we have discipline problems in our county because we don’t have enough kids participating in activities like 4-H and learning to make the best better.”
Board member Jim Clinger said all four schools would like to get more updates in before testing and the fair board could solve that problem by moving the dates of the fair.
Davis said it is a State of Ohio choice.
“It’s not the Morrow County Fair Board that makes the decision for the fair date,” he said. “They don’t dare overlap with other county fairs.”
Board member Chuck Jones said, “It’s not balanced as well as it could be — I can see both sides — I think you have to have a balance between the start of school and the fair date. It seems like it’s one sided.”
Davis said Northmor does well on their tests and they start the day after Labor Day.
“We need all four schools together on this,” Davis said.
Board member Pat Clark noted a lot of parents take that week off and camp with their kids. “I agree to start earlier.”
Spring vacation on the proposed calendar would be March 20–24, 2014, and there would be no school on Good Friday, April 18, 2014.
The board agreed to table the matter until the April meeting when they will vote on a calendar.
Recognition from the Ohio Department of Education was noted when the Cardington-Lincoln Board of Education met in regular session on March 11.
Supt Brian Petrie said Scott Hardwick, principal of grades K-6, and Joe Mills, principal of Grades 7–12, had received letters from the DOE recognizing the schools as 2012 Schools of Promise for the first time.
“Your school is in a prestigious group of 163 schools that achieved this honor on the Local Report Card for the 2011–2012 school year. Strategies by you and your staff to close the mathematics and reading achievement gap for students who represent a range of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds are working and we hope you will share them with other Ohio schools.
“The Ohio Department of Education plans to spotlight your school as a strong example of what is possible when students, educators, parents and community members come together and believe that all students can succeed.”
In the coming weeks you will receive an official Schools of Promise banner to display in your school building.” The letter was signed Michael Sawyer, Acting Superintendent of Public Information.
In other matters, the board approved payment of bills for February totaling $910,178.85 written on warrant checks 82527 through 82646.
They also approved;
- The February 2013 financial report
- The Resolution accepting the amounts and rates of tax levies as determined by the Budget Commission and certifying them to the county auditor
- The creation of an account for the High School Book Club
- A contract with the Ohio School Board Association for Consultation Services
- Membership in the Metropolitan Educational Council (MEC) dues $476.39
- Membership in the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA), 2013 dues including OSBA School Management News — $4172.00
Also approved was a new account with Farmers Citizens Bank and Pershing LLC for funds for the Margaret Miller Scholarship Fund.
The board approved the termination and closing out of the account with Edward Jones for the Margaret Miller Scholarship Fund.
Under personnel, the board approved the modification of time and distance for regular Bus Route 10, Nicole Hiett, from 3.3 hours per day to 3.5 hours per day.
The board was given the following policy updates to give a first read by the next meeting: Bylaw 0165.2 Special meeting; Policy 2270: Religion in the Curriculum (Revised); Policy 2431: Interscholastic Athletics (Revised); Policy 2623.02: Third grade Guarantee (Revised); Policy 3131: Reduction in Staff (Revised ) Policy 5515.01; Safe Operation of Motorized Utility Vehicles by Students (New); Policy 6110: Grant Funds (Revised); Policy 6320: Purchases (Revised); Policy 6550: Travel Payment and Reimbursement (Revised).
The marching band overnight trips from April 1–6, 2013 to Disney World/Florida with director Tom DiNuoscio were approved.
The addition of a ninth special education student to the Mid-Ohio ESC morning pre– school education class and waiver request to ODE in order to meet the specific needs of the specific students was approved.
Severance pay to Deb Harper in the amount of $7,431.13 and to Dan Bowers in the amount of $39.16 was approved.
The consent agenda was approved as follows: One year supplemental contracts which expire June 30, 2013 were approved for Zach Hampton, varsity assistant baseball (volunteer); Donovan Kline, JV baseball head coach; Chris Pearl, JV baseball, volunteer and Gary Hampton, JV baseball, volunteer.
Classified employees approved include Christine Drury and Bonnie Daily, aides.
Lois Bennett was approved as a classified substitute custodian.
Principal Scott Hardwick and Assistant Principal Marsha Levering reported on activities in Grades K-6 and Joe Mills, principal of grades 7–12, gave a report on their activities. John Brehm, athletic director, said the winter sports program will be held March 26 at 7 p.m.
The board adjourned the regular meeting at 8:14 p.m. and entered executive session based on ORC 121.22(G) 1,2,3,4,5, and 6. This session closed at 9:48 p.m. with no further action taken.