Student praised for national ranking

ATTICA – Members of the Seneca East Board of Education took a few minutes Monday to congratulate Cody Stombaugh as one of the winners in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Cody is in the top 5 percent of the 1.6 million students who entered the competition based on PSAT Scores.

Laura Brickner, treasurer, reviewed the financial report via video, noting the expenditures ending Sept. 30. The five-year forecast was explained at length, noting the percentage increase for each line item. Board members approved the treasurer’s report.

Seneca East kindergartners and 25 families received smoke detectors during Fire Prevention Week. Other students through 7th grade received batteries for their smoke detectors. Home evacuation and family meeting point were stressed to all students. Other areas of discussion included bus safety and bullying.

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Nov. 21-25.

The senior class trip may fall through if less than 50 percent of the senior class does not sign up to go. The ballot winner is Los Angeles, Calif. There are 56 seniors but only 21 have responded. If less than half of the students are able to go, Principal Don Vogt may look into other areas to travel for a lesser cost.

North Central has awarded Seneca East a $2,500 grant for audience response systems. Funds are to be used to purchase three sets, which will assist teachers in the classroom by providing instant results. The audience response system can be used to assist a teacher by using class participation to determine how well the students understand the material presented.

In her report, Superintendent Laura Kagy said a new evaluation system is being implemented, and the teacher evaluation policy is in the process of being updated.

More than $400 was received in tip money during the Safe Homes for Families pizza event.

In new business, the board:

Approved a resolution of support which authorizes participation for “STRAIGHT A,” funded through the Ohio Department of Education.

Approved North Central partnership and the use of compressed gas.

Agreed to allow Kagey to draw up a resolution that is to be signed by board members for National School Bus Safety Week.

Approved a new board policy concerning behavior intervention and limited use of restraint and seclusion.

Revised board policy concerning evaluation of principals and administrators.

Approved certified and non-certifed personnel for 2013-2014.

The board is to meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Board of Education office.