Safety tops NR schools meeting

NEW RIEGEL – New Riegel School Board members heard about steps taken for student safety at the school during a board meeeting Monday evening.

Superintendent Elaine Nye and Principal Dave Rombach met last week with Seneca County Sheriff Bill Eckelberry and Emergency Management Agency Director Dan Stahl. The school installed security cameras last year and the sheriff’s office is to have access to view the facility along with administration. Stahl is in the process of programming the school district’s radios to be compatible with the sheriff’s office and other emergency contacts.

Administrators again are to meet with a Seneca County sheriff’s deputy, New Riegel police and fire departments and Stahl Thursday to discuss the ALICE training they had received. ALICE – alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate -training is to be used should an emergency situation arise. The school is planning a lockdown practice Oct. 1.

Rombach said the evaluation process of teacher performance has been a topic of discussion at meetings. Teachers now are required to show proof of their work in areas of assessment data, lesson delivery, differentiation, professionalism, focus for learning, sequencing/activating prior knowledge, resources, classroom environment and assessment of student learning.

Board member Stephanie Reinhart asked Nye about the evaluation system. Nye said, “I think there will be good things come out of it. I think teachers that were not doing all they could will step up a little bit.”

Nye also said she has learned that, at this time, it is possible the OGT and Common Core end-of-course test may be required if the legislature does not act to eliminate OGT testing.

Rombach said the marching band is performing at the 32nd annual “Mustang” Brass Invitational at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Allen East High School.

Treasurer Jane Schalk reported the school district benefitted by $9,121 from the August payout from casino taxes. The board decided to put the funds in the permanent improvement fund.

In other business, the board:

Approved the treasurer’s report.

Accepted grants totaling $118, 208.27.

Approved permanent appropriations by fund for fiscal year 2014.

Approved the reduced student fees from the 2013-14 school year.

Approved the senior class trip to Disney World, March 24-28, 2014.

The board is to meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 14.