WEST ALEXANDRIA — Several staff members had the opportunity to present their reports during the Twin Valley Community Local Schools Board of Education meeting on Monday, Dec. 3.
Success Liaison Allie Shafer presented on the Butler County Success Program at Twin Valley South.
“This year is going really well so far. Again, just to remind you, funding for my position comes from multiple different sources; Mental Health and Recovery Board puts in a portion, Juvenile Court puts in a portion, we bill ODJFS for TANF dollars, and the school district puts in a portion,” Shafer said.
“That funding is a little bit different than last year. We had to increase the amount of TANF dollars, so ODJFS made up the difference for liaisons in all the school districts this year. Program goals, again, I get referrals from primarily teachers and staff members in the building for kids and families they are concerned about.
“We connect with multiple families for different reasons. Anything from, ‘I heard this kid doesn’t have heat in his home’ to ‘I think this family could use some Christmas support.’ I reach out to them and try to connect them with community resources and stabilize the family.”
This year, Shafer has 18 families (35 students) enrolled in the program at Twin Valley South. Four families are pending, which means Shafer is providing services, but intake paperwork has not been fully completed.
In addition to the referrals she receives, Shafer was also involved in: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Shoes for the Shoeless, Food Pantry Assistance, Holiday assistance, Jacob’s Ladder, Back to School Fun Fair, LINKS program, and Ohio Department of Education point of contact for homeless students/families and students placed in foster care.
Jeff Tully, Director of Transportation and Maintenance, also gave his report:
•Fire inspection was completed. The only issue found was the fire panel that had been struck by lightning. Tyco installed the new fire panel.
•Hobart had to come fix the dishwasher.
•Korrect plumping was in to clear a drain line that was blocked.
•Football field and concession stand are all winterized.
•The Highway Patrol was out for a spot check and everything passed.
•Snyder has been working to keep the bus fleet up and running; bus 14 had new back breaks installed, bus eight had new front tires installed, and staff is working to fix a leak on bus six.
In other business:
•According to K-6 Principal Patti Holly, all ELA MAP Reading testing for multi-criterion Title I identification has been completed and third grade ELA scores will be available in December. After-school reading intervention will be planned once data is available.
•According to 7-12 Principal Scott Cottingim, End of Course Testing makeups began on Dec. 10. The first semester ended Dec. 21, with first semester exams on Dec. 19-21. The Middle School Student Council is also hosting a competitive food drive, with the winning class receiving popcorn and soda during the afternoon activities on Dec. 21. Their goal was 150 items.
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