Seneca East reports good start to year

ATTICA — The Seneca East Board of Education heard positive news as the school year gets into full swing.

Superintendent Laura Kagy reported the school resource officer has been a great addition to the school, with presentations to 15 different classes, handling several student issues, and giving a special presentation in honor of Sept. 11 last week.

Athletic Director Doug Mason said all fall sports teams were doing extremely well. He stated that the golf teams were doing well in their league championship matches and that the other sports teams were all looking strong with over half of their seasons remaining.

Kagy also announced that there would be a grant presentation from Bayer CropScience prior to the football game Friday night. Bayer’s America’s Farms Grow Rural Education program grant of $10,000 to allow for more robotics in the middle and high school, as well as other science and technology materials to support the newly created STEM class at the high school.

The school was nominated by area farmers to be considered for the award and a committee of 30 farmer leaders from across the U.S. reviewed the finalist applications, choosing Seneca East as a winning district.

Kagy said that she was looking into the feasibility of possibly starting a preschool program in the building next year. She stated that declining enrollment in kindergarten-fifth grade would allow for one less kindergarten and one less first grade class, with the rooms transitioning to preschool.

Kagy also reviewed the ODE report card for the district with board members. She said that the overall B grade was the same as last year. One improvement from last year was in gap closing, which shows how the district serves students with the most needs through differentiated instruction and other supports. Another area that was very good and received an A grade was the district graduation rate, which has been above 98% both years.

The board reviewed and approved a resolution to send the 1% income tax renewal to voters during the March 2020 primary election.

The board approved Angie Bickhart-Sommers to return as the musical director again this school year. They also approved “The Sound of Music” as this year’s show, with show dates being May 8, 9 and 10.

High School Principal Don Vogt said that the date for Prom would be April 25, 2020.

He also said that homecoming will be coming up the week of Sept. 23-28, with the traditional dress up days occurring all week, a bonfire Wednesday night, the game versus Mohawk Friday night, and the dance Saturday night.

The next board meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21.