Lakota seeks corrections on state report card

KANSAS — Lakota Board of Education discussed district performance at its meeting Monday evening.

Talks included release of the 2016-17 district report card issued by the state. Schools are graded in six areas: achievement, gap closing, K-3 literacy, progress, graduation rates and how well students are prepared for success.

Superintendent Chad Coffman gave an overview of the district’s grades, saying they are in line with the bulk of Ohio schools.

“We’re right with the majority of the state,” he said. “Obviously we want to look at some of these areas a little bit, but we’re in the same boat as the majority of the schools in the state.”

He said the district’s “D” for K-3 literacy should be a “C.” Due to reporting errors, corrections were not reflected in the report. The district has made several efforts to notify state officials to ensure the information is corrected.

Board member and treasurer Norm Elchert was recognized for his effort to improve safety practices throughout the district. Representatives of the Ohio School Plan, a risk-management insurance agency, presented the board with a check for $1,000 for Elchert’s work on improving safety regulations for bounce house rentals at school events. The award is given for outstanding proactive risk management.

District safety was discussed again later, when board Vice President Barbara Lehmann and Lakota High School Principal Sherry Sprow acknowledged the presence of security officers on campus.

“A parent came up to me and said that her kids said when they go up to the school, how much safer they felt with our (security officer) on the premises,” Lehmann said.

Sprow said she also had heard nothing but positive feedback regarding the district’s decision to hire officers to patrol the schools. It was agreed security officers on campus has been a welcome addition.

In other news, board members approved:

• Personnel recommendations for certified, classified and supplemental employment contracts, and athletic and non-athletic stipends for positions, including community weight room attendant. Lakota is to begin opening its weight room facilities to the public during specified hours. Information is available on the district’s website.

• Lakota FFA attendance at the national convention in Indianapolis next month.

• A request to use a $100 donation from St. James Lutheran Church in Bradner as a fund in the student activity account at Lakota Elementary. The donation will be used to cover supply expenses for students as needed.

• The Career Advising Program for the 2017-18 school year.

• A motion rejecting career-technical education in grades seven and eight.

• School supply kit donations from United Way of Sandusky County.

• A donation from Scott Trinity United Methodist Church containing school supplies and clothing items.

• A motion to continue National Webcheck Program Services from Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for three more years.

• Continued participation in the Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Center program for the school year.

The board meets next at 7 p.m. Oct. 9.