NEW RIEGEL - New Riegel Board of Education members met in special session Wednesday afternoon to hire two first-time teachers.
Superintendent Elaine Nye introduced Melissa Bruggeman and Cynthia Fleming to the board. Bruggeman said she was from New Bremen and graduated with an education degree from Bowling Green State University. Her student teaching was in the Holland District in Springfield. She was approved for a one-year limited contract to teach American literature.
Fleming said she was born in Peru, South America, and attended Bluffton College. She was hired to teach Spanish on a one-year limited contract as 7/8th, part-time basis.
When asked about the recent editorial in The Advertiser-Tribune regarding the Ohio Graduation Test and the end-of-course testing for Common Core perhaps both being necessary, Nye stated, "As I understand it, there will not be double testing; perhaps the OGT testing will still be necessary for incoming freshmen, but they are working on developing the new tests, hoping to at least have an outline in August.
"There will be some additional costs because they did believe the OGT test was going to be eliminated. But either the OGT tests will be given or the end-of-course exams in 2014-15 school year, but not both."
New Riegel Board of Education is to meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Aug. 12.