LEWISBURG — Tri-County North Local School District board members and administrators discussed summer school plans and the passage of a recent levy during their regular monthly meeting Monday, May 17.
Superintendent Bill Derringer informed the board that the district’s 10-year general operations levy passed by a margin of 294 to 212. The levy will raise $664,826 per year for the district.
“I’d like to switch some of those against votes to be for, but when you get a 58 percent result on any levy, that’s pretty good,” Derringer said.
Derringer thanked the school district’s residents for voting to approve the levy.
“Without their support we wouldn’t be able to continue doing the good things that we do,” Derringer said.
He also expressed gratitude to the school district’s staff.
“I want to take one final opportunity to thank all the teachers, and all of our cooks, custodians, bus drivers, nurses – the entire organization has done an outstanding job this year,” Derringer said. “I’ve been very proud to be a Superintendent.”
Derringer underlined the unique challenges of the 2020-21 school year due to the impact of COVID-19.
“This year hasn’t been easy. There’s been a lot of times when the decisions and policies we have in place haven’t been popular,” Derringer said. “But I think our staff did an outstanding job of following those rules.”
High School principal Kristen Mills informed the board that of 38 students invited to attend summer school classes required for course completion, 13 had registered and another 12 were “on the brink.”
The remainder will pass without completing the courses in question, according to Mills.
K-4 principal Joe Finkbine reported that 67 out of 88 elementary students had confirmed their willingness to attend summer school.
“That’s a 76 percent return rate,” Finkbine said. “I want to thank the parents and our teachers for having that positive communication. Our teachers establish a relationship with students and families – that’s one of our district’s goals, and I think it’s gotten parents to say, ‘You know what, I believe in what you’re doing for our kids.’”
Finkbine said that the majority of the students require help in both reading and math. Summer school classes will begin in June and last from 8:30-11 a.m.
Tri-County North Board of Education meetings take place the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. and are streamed live on YouTube.
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