New test tops board meeting

NEW RIEGEL – Members of New Reigel Board of Education Monday evening were given iPads to review comments from Algebra I eighth- and ninth-graders upon completing the pilot Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers assessments.

Students are to participate in more PARCC testing after completing the course in May. Principal Dave Rombach found some difficulty in using the computer and most quotes from students were negative.

“Most students appeared tired of taking tests,” said Superintendent Elaine Nye, adding one student said, “I’d rather use paper and pencil.”

More pre-testing took place at the beginning of the school year as part of each teacher’s evaluation. Now, most high school classes and two elementary classes are involved in post testing to examine the growth measure of the students for the year.

Nye has been collaborating with five school districts in writing a Straight A grant which is to be submitted Friday. She said 36 children were screened for kindergarten.

The newly formed Sandusky River League consisting of New Riegel, Lakota, Old Fort, Sandusky St. Mary’s, Fremont St. Joseph and Fostoria St. Wendelin has been meeting to set sports schedules. League members are planning a student exchange to highlight academic achievements and will tour each other’s facilities with New Riegel hosting students May 6.

New Riegel student Spencer Hemminger was awarded best of show at the County Art Show at Sentinel Career Center April 4.

The junior/senior prom is May 3 at the Sycamore Community Center this year.

Future science projects are to occur as small individual projects for seventh-, 10th- and 11th-graders three times during the year with presentations made in their classrooms.

Treasurer Jane Schalk said the district received the first half real estate tax settlement of $462,316, a $2,500 increase.

In other action, board members:

Approved a $400,000 two-year certificate of deposit at First National Bank of Sycamore at a rate of .55 percent.

Adopted a Section 125 flexible fringe benefits plan with American Fidelity Assurance Co. for the employees of the board of education effective July 1.

Entered into contract with NWOET for comprehensive membership at a cost of $613.80 for the 2014-15 school year.

Non-renewed all fall and winter coaches.

Non-renewed all facility managers.

Approved a memorandum of understanding with the education association to combine positions. The athletic director and high school facility manager shall become the high school athletic director while the assistant athletic director and junior high facility manager shall become the junior high athletic director.

Approved interdistrict open enrollment for 2014-15.

Approved Lenny Theis as on-board instructor for school bus training from July 1-June 30, 2015, at substitute bus driver pay rate.

Joined the Northwestern Ohio Educational Research Council Inc. for next school year at a cost of $200.

Accepted the resignation for retirement purposes of teacher Steve Bouillon effective June 1.

Accepted the resignation of teacher Sarah Sickmiller effective the end of the school year.

Approved a fundraiser for this school year.

Reviewed nine board policies and deleted one.

The board is to meet at 7 p.m. May 12.