NEW RIEGEL - New Riegel Board of Education members revisited a discussion on students participating in post secondary enrollment options. During last month's meeting, parents questioned the necessity of students taking college courses online, rather than at the high school or off site during class time.
After making inquiries at other area schools, the board learned most students are not signing out for their class time. Superintendent Elaine Nye said she prefers students attend classes at a college instead of online to get the real "college experience."
Leading the conversation, President Cindy Hughes suggested and members agreed that a form be presented to online students and their parents this week declaring their intention to either stay at the facility for class time or sign out of the facility for the remainder of the school year. The forms are to be returned by Friday and will take effect Monday.
More discussions are to be held to develop a permanent policy for classes next school year.
Nye also said they are waiting on the state report card but were able to view the value added data. She believes they have met the standards, but wants to see improvements in fourth grade mathematics.
School Treasurer Jane Schalk announced state auditors arrive next week to examine years 2011-12. She reported the school district stands to benefit from casino funds estimated at $7,500 early next year through the county auditor. These funds are unrestricted and will enter the General Fund.
Schalk laid out the estimated five-year forecast for the district. Her figures show the district will break even for another two years, then expenditures are to exceed operating revenues.
Members approved the five-year forecast with the present assumptions.
Conferences are Nov. 1-2, according to Principal Dave Rombach. One hundred six students participated in the read-a-thon that helped the Academic Boosters raise $3,000. Third graders have completed the reading portion of the Ohio Achievement Assessment.
In other business, the board:
Amended the amount from $10,500 to $4,000 to transfer each month from October 2012 through September 2013 from the general fund to the general fund-health insurance reserve.
Approved voluntary participation of employees in Roth IRA deductions from paychecks.
Approved the use of two school buses and drivers by All Saints Parish on October 20 and March 22, 2013, at $1 per mile plus driver costs.
Approved Richard Heller as volunteer girls' basketball coach and Justin Hershberger as volunteer boys' basketball coach.
Approved Brooks Hall as freshmen boys' basketball coach; Alex Acree as eighth grade boys' basketball coach; Katie Darr as junior high cheerleading coach and Casey Losey as junior high track coach.
Approved Gregg Hughes as assistant baseball coach.
Approved 19 board policies.
Members reviewed another 18 policies making 13 revisions, one replacement and created four new policies for board approval at the next meeting.
The board is to meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 12.