Oler named All-Ohio, Mohawk board of education hears

SYCAMORE — Athletic director Chip Dietrich announced at the Mohawk Board of Education meeting that senior Destini Oler has been named All-Ohio in two fall sports, cross country and volleyball. Dietrich is researching the last time a student athlete achieved All-Ohio in one season in two sports.

Dietrich also announced that Saturday basketball games are to begin an hour earlier than in previous years. The boys varsity games are to start at 5 p.m. and girls games are to begin at noon.

Superintendent Ken Ratliff reviewed how reducing out-of-district open-enrollment expenses has helped the district financially.

In 2009, the district lost $300,000 to open enrollment. That loss has been reduced to $60,000 in eight years. Ratliff attributes this to emphasis on special education services and expanding the curriculum. He also cited the district report card, which shows an A rating in student growth.

The district still is losing $376,000 in state and federal funding to charter and community schools such as Bridges, North Central Academy and ECOT. Local income tax revenue does not go to these schools.

High school principal Mark Vehre said freshmen are to receive Chromebook tablets after Thanksgiving break. Students are to be trained in the acceptable use of the tablets, which will have filters limiting access to sites not approved by the district.

Students will be allowed to keep the Chromebooks after they graduate. There will be no charge for this first year.

A mandatory parents meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 21 and parents are to learn the capabilities of the tablets and what responsibilities fall to them and to their students.

“These are not toys,” Vehre said. “They extended the classroom.”

The board approved the Parent and Students Personal Technology Handbook. It includes parent/student consent forms. The handbook is available on the district’s website.

The board heard the initial reading of the high school program of studies booklet for the 2018-19 school year. It will be available for public input on the website.

The board approved using North Central Educational Service Center to assist the district in obtaining reimbursement for Medicaid-eligible expenses.

The board also heard the policy and plan for identification of services for children identified as gifted as required by the state. The district will be using Title IV-A funds to provide teachers with professional development for accelerated learning opportunities for gifted students.

The board approved supplemental contracts and volunteers for winter and spring sports. A list of substitute teachers and custodians was accepted.

An overnight trip to the FFA leadership conference in Columbus was approved.

The board adjourned to executive session. No action was to be taken.