H-L board hears about Big Buddy/Little Buddy program

BASCOM — Hopewell-Loudon Board of Education members were introduced to the Big Buddy/Little Buddy program Wednesday evening. The program’s goal is to pair upper classmen to elementary students who would benefit from having a big friend who will help them adjust to their new school year. The Little Buddies either volunteer for the program or are referred by parents or teachers. The Big Buddies are trained and have proscribed lessons to follow. The buddies meet every two weeks. The board invited some Big and Little Buddies to attend a board meeting in the future.

Tonight’s football game is to honor veterans and first responders. The band is to have a special program for honorees.

Elementary principal Kendra Nelson said the focus this year is to be writing skills, which are part of the literacy goals. Diagnostics testing already has begun in grades kindergarten through third grade.

The high school now has its own edition of Smoke Signals. Principal Jason Miller said the newsletter can be viewed on Facebook.

Joanne Kerekes, director of special projects, gave a preview of the district’s gradebook. Last year the district scored a C; this year the district earned a B. The complete report was released Thursday with comparisons to like districts.

The board heard the first reading of a policy revision concerning revocation of inter-district open enrollment if a student does not meet the attendance expectations of the district.

The board took action to:

• Hire Brett Swanagan as head baseball and Suzanne Frank as eighth-grade volleyball coach.

• Accepted donations from Bascom Communications, H-L PTO and Obsidian Strategies.

• Approved contract with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center for audiology, hearing impaired, visually impaired, home schooling, preschool autism and educational consultant services.

• Accepted a FuelEd Curriculum contract with NCOESC for one license to serve eight students. This program is to be used for credit recovery.

• Overnight trips were approved for FFA Greenhand Camp, FFA National Convention and sixth-grade outdoor camp.

• Approved an agreement with Wood County Education Service Center for Juvenile Detention Center.

The board adjourned to a lengthy executive session to discuss employment. Action is to be taken during a special meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Hopewell-Loudon conference room “to consider the employment, dismissal, discipline or investigation of charges against a public employee.”

The board is to meet Oct. 10.

Special meeting scheduled

Hopewell-Loudon Board of Education has scheduled special meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Hopewell-Loudon conference room, 181 N. CR 7.

The meeting is for the purposes of discussing a personnel matter. An executive session is to be placed on the agenda “to consider the employment, dismissal, discipline or investigation of charges against a public employee.”

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