Harrison Hills board pays tribute to Hugh

CADIZ The Harrison Hills City Board of Education began Thursday night’s meeting with a moment of silence for former board member Robert Hugh, who recently passed away.

Hugh had served on numerous committees, including negotiation, business advisory, personnel, safety and health, tax revenue and as student achievement liason and legislative liason.

His place on the board must be filled in 30 days.

In addition, Student Services Coordinator Adrianne Cook reported on possible benefits of the Ohio Virtual Learning Academy. The statewide program is available to Ohio students ages 5 through 21 who have an Internet connection. Cook noted students have the opportunity at no cost and enjoy flexible class time. A laptop is provided for the coursework.

The district offers the academy in conjunction with the Jefferson County Educational Service Center and provides more than 250 courses including core classes and electives. The curriculum includes Web investigations, lab experiments, Power Point, games and more. Students communicate with facilitators to ask questions and receive feedback.

The ECS’s curriculum is being used in the program.

“It draws students from the entire state in grades K-12,” said Dr. George Ash, Harrison Hills superintendent. “We accommodate all learning groups from special needs to the gifted and talented. We are a completely online school. However, by partnering with hybrid or blended learning classes, we can also help students who attend some regular classes and do some work online.”

He added that students could attend the district or work online anywhere in the state. They are one of only a handful of fully accredited local districts.

“Students can participate in activities such as sports, clubs and the arts. They can have the best of both worlds by learning online at their own pace and learning in a social environment among students,” Ash said.

He added that officials worked with the teachers union and developed job descriptions so instructors could be part of the union.

Cook noted that 24 students have registered so far. She said information is being sent to students who are open enrolled, homeschooled or in other virtual academies.

Students will receive 36 assignments and work four hours per lesson to earn a year’s credit. Parents have access to view the work.

Cook predicted that by 2014, 50 percent of schooling will be done through virtual learning.

Graduates may participate in the district or regional commencement ceremonies.

For more information, go to openenrollment@ovla.org

In other matters, board approved substitutes for the school year, including Eric Sheets, teacher/tutor; Trisha Erickson, custodian/aide; Caitlin Bickar, teacher/tutor.

Board approved supplementals including Tim Hoagland, percussion advisor, and Linnah Hodkinson, Jr/Sr newspaper advisor. Also Joan Fisher, OMUN and Power of the Pen advisor; Justin Clifford, freshman class advisor; Nick Yourkovich, sophomore class advisor; Michele Huston, seventh grade advisor; Cain Noble, eighth grade advisor; Ty Kenny, seventh grade boys basketball; Ian White, eighth grade boys basketball; Ben Hodkinson and Mike Valesko, co-reserve baseball; Brandon Neuenschwander, soccer varsity assistant.

Board confirmed the assignment of Barb Chenoweth as MH Aide at Harrison East Elementary effective Aug. 23.

B oard removed Kristina Sticht from the Reduction in Force list and accepted her resignation affective Aug. 20.

Also, Angela Johnson and Alice Dowdle were recalled from the Reduction in Force list effective Sept. 3.

Reduction in Force was also approved for John Herbold effective Aug. 17.

Board approved Walt Hawthorne, Adam Heaston and Mike Yoho as volunteer supplemental coaches for the marching band, Janez Pecar, soccer varsity assistant.

Lorrie Phillips was confirmed as the crossing guard at Harrison North, one hour per day.

Duran Morgan was assigned duties as Close-Up advisor. Brent Ripley was assigned duties of soccer varsity for boys and girls.

Also, Christina Fleiger was approved as a parent chaperone.

In business and operation, board approved a Help Me Grow agreement between the district and the Ohio Department of Health for the school year.

Board also approved a memorandum of understanding between the district and Belmont College, also for this year.

Board approved the Harrison Central Football Parents, Diamond Club, and Roundballers Club under the district’s liability insurance.

Board approved Ohio University Eastern students to observe and participate in early childhood education classes.

Board approved the OVLA student handbook. Board also approved amendments to contracts for Help Me Grow, Family Children First Council, and District office.

Board approved a resolution of urgent necessity for additional classroom including fire alarm and technology for phone and Internet at Harrison East Elementary.

In addition, the district accepted 19 applications and attendance for interdistrict and intradistrict students.

Board also approved five FFA trips.

Also, board approved use of facilities requests from Jewett-Scio Biddy Football at the junior/senior high school Aug. 25-Oct. 7, 1-6 p.m. and from the Hope Players for a play production at the Harrison East gymnasium, Aug. 20-Sept. 30.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com