LAKOTA - Excitement filled the air at the board of education meeting Monday. The release of the Ohio Schools Report Card showed Lakota scored top in the area in three major categories.
"We are competing, and we are beating," Superintendent Jon Detwiler said.
In a discussion, Detwiler brought ways to increase participation and excitement for the football program. Methods included enhancing the reading program and recruiting the hallways. This opened up the board to a wider discussion about the program as a whole. For the varsity program, upperclassman are to mentor eighth graders, with each member having a "little." Elementary Principal Josh Matz said this is reflective of how colleges bring in and help incoming freshmen.
Mentoring is to be expanded to the biddy program, with upperclassman helping to coach fourth- through sixth-graders. Middle School Principal Charles Tackett praised the biddy coaches, and the board agreed the coaches are top in their area for fostering pride, responsibility and self-esteem.
For further congruency, fourth- through sixth-graders are to wear shirts and ties on game days and the middle school is to host pep rallies to celebrate sports and academics.
In the elementary school, Matz reported a great start to the school year. The United Way tote bags and Scott Trinity Methodist Church "Fill a Bus" drives were successes and approved. Matz commended the roots of "Lakota's homegrown community" in helping both drives provide school supplies and clothing to those in need.
Third-graders soon are to take the Ohio Standardized tests. Matz said he and the teachers have been working on strategic plans to ensure students have every resource needed to succeed.
In the middle school, Tackett thanked everyone for the welcome, including the students and parents. Tackett shared the latest report card including 100 points in the math demographic. Tackett indicated that although scores were good, he and the faculty are working to implement plans to increase scores in all demographics.
Tackett went on to announce changes in the student of the month program based on the phrase "Lakota Leads." One student from each grade is to be chosen each month for showing all characteristics of the phrase - leadership, effort, academics, discipline and spirit. There are to be school assemblies on what each category means.
In the high school, Principal Sherry Sprow reported on the start to the year and indicated district leadership programs soon are to start. Preparations for homecoming are under way, including a district-wide pep rally and parade in Risingsun at 4 p.m. Sept. 22.
The board also approved a 4 percent pay increase for the principals and treasurer, retroactive to Aug. 1.
In other matters, board:
Accepted the resignation of Chad Howard, middle school science teacher.
Approved a leave of absence for Ashley Sayre, kindergarten teacher.
The board appointed Dustin Terry, high school intervention specialist, and head teachers Tracy Rosser and Michelle Schaser.
Approval for Lakota FFA to attend the National FFA Convention.
Approved a board policy for Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports and Limited Use of Restraint and Seclusion.
Approved an agreement with Sandusky County Board of Developmental Disabilities for program participation.