By Donna Carver
February 25, 2014
Tomorrow Center Math Teacher Joseph Weis gave a presentation on career-based intervention to the board of directors at the February 10, 2014 Tomorrow Center board meeting. Director Karen Seckel had approached Weis to discuss the possibility of developing a career based (CBI) intervention program at the school. Weis had previously implemented a similar program at Shelby High School for 8 years.
A career-based intervention program is for at-risk students. Weis shared that there are 20,747 CBI students in the state of Ohio at this time. CBI is a program where the school assists high school students in finding jobs and monitors their employment while the student earns high school credit.
If the program is implemented, Weis will conduct a home visit with the parents/guardian and they will have to make a commitment for transportation and fill out a work permit. He explained that there is a training agreement which protects the school and the employees. He hopes to implement the initial program with less than 12 students. The goal is to keep the students in school and get them to graduate. There is a classroom component, teaching them interview skills and other skills that they will need to enter the workforce.
Weis noted that there are several concerns when implementing this type of program, which include transportation and commitment from the parents and students. Also, Weis is currently the Math teacher at the Tomorrow Center. If he becomes the CBI teacher he will be unable to teach math for a full day, so that is something that will need to be addressed. Seckel stated that the next step would be contacting the state to discuss opening a career tech program at the school and that there are some federal funds through the Carl Perkins fund which can help pay for the program.
Items scheduled for information and discussion:
Raising funds for the schools prom: Director Seckel said that during the basketball games they would like to sell pop, chips and candy to raise money for the prom. There are two more basketball games for the rest of the year. It would offset the cost of the prom. The board approved the motion to allow the sale of snacks during the remaining basketball games.
Race to the Top: Seckel reported that there are three reports that are past due to be submitted, however, she has been unable to determine exactly where to upload these three reports. She states that a representative will be coming from the state to assist and they will submit them immediately.
School Improvement Grant: Seckel stated that they continue to collect data and will be doing another round of baseline testing.
Alternative Learning Opportunities (Vacation): Seckel shared the policy that Olentangy schools use for their district. The board discussed the policy and offered recommendations. Director Seckel stated that she would draft a policy using the Olentangy blueprint and the board suggestions and will have it available at the next board meeting.
OTES Training for teachers: Seckel shared that she attended the training to evaluate for the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System and she felt that it was a great system. She noted that the evaluation is now more measurable as opposed to the old system which was more subjective. The evaluations have to be completed by end of March. Seckel stated that they will be doing training on the OTES with the teachers.
Transportation from Tri-Rivers on 2 hour delays: Seckel explained that on the days when Mount Gilead does not have a delay but there are delays in Marion, the Mt. Gilead bus has been going at the normal time and it has been causing transportation issues for the students. Seckel has been working with the superintendent and transportation director Legros to remedy the situation.
New business: A motion was made and passed by the board to rescind the motion to appoint Don Wick as secretary/treasurer. “The reason this action was taken”, explained Mr. Wick, “is that it was a procedural oversight (to elect Wick) and that the prior secretary treasurer Trevor Gummere has done an excellent job and is in a better position to perform those duties and responsibilities.” Said Wick.
The next regular board meeting will be held on March 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM.