Carey board members were told Monday about the third-grade guarantee created when Senate Bill 316 was signed into law in July, making all third-grade students pass new reading requirements to be promoted to the fourth grade.
Superintendent Mark Vehre said students grade K-3 have to be assessed to be sure they are achieving at the proper level. He said intensive remediation will be needed for students who do not meet these standards and that staff must be certified for reading endorsement intervention. He said this is causing a mass movement to get teachers certified.
Vehre said two teachers are certified with one to finish certification in January, and the state is to offer an alternative test for certification but it is yet to be developed. He said he thinks this is just another example of the state putting the "cart before the horse" and not realizing the repercussions the law would have on districts.
The board approved an application for a planning process with the Ohio School Facilities Commission for potential financial assistance to build a new school.
Vehre said this is part of the timeline the district must follow for funds to be available. He said these steps must be taken even if it is decided not to pursue funding for a new building. He added funds would be available in July and Carey would receive 70 percent state funding. The district is holding community meetings for public input.
Carey Education Association President Eric Mullholand presented concerns he and other staff members had with finances and cuts. He said that while the staff realizes cuts are necessary, they feel they are taking the majority of them. He said the staff feels it is unfair for them to receive a 14.5 percent increase in insurance premiums while the administration pays nothing out of pocket for coverage.
Mullholand said the end-of-year board meeting reported the district finishing the year below expenditures and above the expected revenue by 7 percent, raising questions on cuts being made that possibly could have been saved.
In another matter, Vehre said tuck pointing repair was done to a six-foot section of the building that was found to be letting water in. He added the process of replacing deteriorating mortar between bricks may be a future project for the entire building, at about $240,000.
The board also:
Approved the five-year forecast and assumptions.
Approved new, replacement and revised board of education policies.
Approved entry level teacher mentors, Heidi Charles, Liz Snyder and Holly Wentling for the 2012-13 school year.
Accepted the resignation of Dennis Pahl as field house worker.
The board is to meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 19.