EATON — The Eaton Board of Education briefly discussed the state report card during their meeting on Monday, March 14.
Superintendent Barb Curry stated that the results were disappointing, but noted that the teachers and administration are dedicated to achieving better success in the near future.
“Bottom line is we are disappointed by our performance,” said Curry. “A lot of changes took place; it was projected that scores would plummet. And I want to ensure you that our staff is committed to providing the best learning opportunities for our students.”
The state made several changes to state testing this year and Curry added that they are up for the challenge.
“We are disappointed but optimistic,” she said.
In state testing, the school met 27 of the 32 standards, for a “B” standards met grade, and a 92.01 performance index score and grade of “C.”
In other business, the school also accepted a settlement from Reiter Dairy which pays them $8,294.74.
The claim stems from the Southwestern Ohio Purchasing Council, for which Reiter Dairy wasn’t compounding the price correctly on half-pints of milk.
The board also approved several items on their agenda, starting with accepting the resignations of Dustin Crothers, the reserve girls soccer coach, and Don Houser, an assistant varsity football coach.
They also extended the contracts of Derek Flatter, middle school principal and Cindy Neanen, director of education, through June 30, 2018. Scott Couch, the high school principal, Kip Powell, the Bruce elementary principal, and Eric Silverman, the school’s athletic director, also had their contracts extended through June 30, 2019 while Curry was approved for a two year contract.
The school has seven temporary positions that need to be filled – approving one maintenance helper, four custodian helpers, and two transportation department helpers all at a rate of $13.75 per hour. They also added two elementary musical performance director supplemental positions.
Donations were made to the school from Verizon Wireless, who donated school supplies to East Elementary for school use; from Cellular Connection, who donated miscellaneous classroom and school supplies to Bruce Elementary; and from Dyer, Garofalo, Mann and Schultz, who donated to the Eaton High School Art Department.
The board also approved a resolution “calling on the Ohio legislature and Ohio Department of Education to seek input and grant local district control as they develop legislation and rules pursuant to the reauthorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act.”
The board did, however, table the approval of Rodger Clark as the director of technology until their special meeting on March 21.
Eaton holds their board of education meetings on the second Monday of every month at 6 p.m. in East Elementary cafeteria.