H-L third-graders above average

BASCOM – Hopewell-Loudon Board of Education bid thanks and farewell Wednesday evening to members Greg Siebenaller and Mary Ruth Crandall. Siebenaller served 19 years on the board, Crandall served four years. Siebenaller also has represented the district on the Vanguard-Sentinel school board.

Elementary principal Jennifer Losey said third grade reading scores continue to exceed the state average, this year by 9 percent. She said she is to meet with parents to explain what interventions will be used and how progress will be monitored throughout the year.

Superintendent Nicole Jiran shared the book, “Our New School,” produced by Michele Sayers’s second grade class. Each student wrote about what they liked in the new school and drew an accompanying picture. The copy of the book will be placed in the school library.

Jiran reviewed the formal policy for advertising at sports venues. There are to be four tiers determined by the coverage and placement of ads. Tiers are to range from tier one – the backside of the football scoreboard – to tier four – banners attached to the football fencing for one season. There is to be no advertising placed in the scarlet or gray gymnasiums.

After a second reading, new and revised board policies and bylaws were approved. They are to appear on the district’s website.

The resignation of Rocky Brickner, varsity assistant softball coach was accepted.

The board accepted a donation from the Athletic Boosters for junior high basketball uniforms.

The board approved the revision of the cost estimate from North Central Ohio Educational Service Center that provides special services to the district. The costs are based on the number of students requiring.

The 2014 organizational meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8, with the budget hearing at 6:15 p.m. Linda Depinet is to serve as pro tem president.

The board adjourned to executive session to discuss a complaint against an employee or student.