NR ranked highest in county on student performance index

NEW RIEGEL – Superintendent Elaine Nye announced the New Riegel district was the highest ranked in Seneca County for performance index during the board of education meeting Monday evening.

The school ranked 184 out of 942 districts, which included public and community schools.

She said New Riegel placed 579 out of 832 districts when comparing student performance growth using the value-added progress dimension.

Ohio Department of Education released two online tools to help schools prepare for the new generation of academic assessments created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career, Nye said.

Twenty-four children have been registered for kindergarten thus far, she said.

Board members Mary Reinhart and Jeff Hohman volunteered to serve on the negotiating team for teachers’ contract negotiations.

Principal Dave Rombach said National Honor Society is sponsoring a blood drive noon-5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the junior high gymnasium.

Seniors are to receive National Machinery Awards Monday at Mohawk High School, and fourth-graders plan to participate in “Our OhioYour Backyard” March 19 sponsored by Seneca County Farm Bureau.

Treasurer Jane Schalk reported the district’s audit has been completed and changes were suggested to the handling of self-insurance funds. Board members took action on the matter.

Athletic Board of Control liaison Jenny Theis said new uniforms have been purchased for the junior high track team and discussions continue on improvements to the baseball field.

Board members entered into executive session to discuss confidential matters. After returning to open session, they returned to executive session to discuss personnel issues.

In other action, board members:

Approved the establishment of medical, dental and vision self-insurance liability funds and the transfer of $173,264.48 from the General Fund-health insurance reserve.

Suspended the transfer of $4,000 per month from the General Fund to the General Fund-Health Insurance Reserve for the remainder of the fiscal year

Approved fiscal year appropriations of $140,000 for the General Fund-Health Insurance Reserve; $13,000 for Medical Self-Insurance Liability Fund; $9,000 for Dental Self-Insurance Liability Fund and $4,000 for Vision Self-insurance Liability Fund

Hired Brent Orians, Cody Kinn and Zach Arbogast as substitute cleaners for the reminder of the school year.

Approved Levi Nye as an after-school cleaner for the remainder of the school year.

Approved volunteer coaches for baseball, softball and varsity track.

Entered into a contract with the Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities for services for the 2013-14 school year.

Approved the purchase of additional security cameras, monitors, DVR, wiring and upgrades from Wadsworth Service at a cost not to exceed $28,000.

Accepted the resignation of Laurie Burns, aide, effective May 29.

Accepted the resignation of Casey Losey as head junior high track coach, effective immediately.

Accepted the resignation of Josh Hohman as assistant junior high track coach, effective immediately

Approved Casey Losey as volunteer track coach for the school year.

Approved Josh Hohman as head track coach for the school year.

The board next meets at 7 p.m. April 8 in the media center.