Harrison Hills experiencing growth

CADIZ The Harrison Hills City Board of Education held its regular meeting Thursday to review ongoing projects and future progress.

Dr. George Ash, superintendent, observed that the school district is seeing an upswing in enrollment with nearly 60 students newly enrolled. This is the district’s second upswing in the past decade.

“We were down to 1,536 last year,” he said. “This year we’re up to 1,590. We’ve only seen an increase in enrollment once since 2003.”

He credited the influx to the implementation of new programs such as Advanced Placement classes, the Ohio Virtual Learning Academy, Opportunity School, 21st Century Afterschool Program, modern technology and the district’s program of fiscal stability.

In addition, the virtual learning academy has seen a surge of growth since launching September, with 44 students from around Ohio.

The district has also earned another effective rating from the Ohio Department of Education. The report card gained 19 out of 26 indicators, with five gained this year, with third grade reading and math, seventh grade math, fourth grade reading and eighth grade math.

Also, Board Member Melvin Allen will be honored by the Red Cross of Tuscarawas, Harrison and Carroll Counties 7:10 p.m. Friday at the junior/senior high school football stadium for his role in saving the life of former sheriff Richard Renzi.

The district received correspondence from Bill McGowan on behalf of the area Masonic Lodge thanking them for participating in the students’ assistance program, and Howard Landkrohn, Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, thanking the schools for hosting a recent Meet the Candidates Night.

Allen also reported that the bus garage is 75 percent finished.

In other matters, board approved Sandy Yeske, Jennifer Merrick and Karen Hanzel as substitute teachers/tutors. Board also approved the resignation of Derek Madzia as Freshman boys basketball coach.

In supplemental positions, board approved Teresa Dunlap, fall play director; Anna Minagla, assistant fall play director; Lois Wright, seventh grade girls basketball; Blake Allen, Freshmen boys basketball; Zachary McKibben, wrestling reserve; Richard McKinney, junior high head; Cody Kaiser, junior high co-assistant.

Rob Richards was confirmed as online intervention specialist effective Oct. 15. Cynthia Twaddle was recalled from the RIF list effective Oct. 22. Board also approved the resignation of John Herbold as bus driver effective Oct. 15.

Board confirmed Terri Wilson as bus driver of Bus 219, handicapped bus for seven hours per day, effective Oct. 22. Eric Sheets was approved as a volunteer junior high girls basketball coach for the 2012-2013 school year.

Board also approved Todd Dunlap, Ken Parker, and Paul Coffland for varsity wrestling. Rhonda Littleton was approved for family medical leave for up to 12 weeks beginning Oct. 9.

In issues of business and operation, board approved a memorandum of understanding between Harrison Hills and Eastern Gateway Community College.

Board also approved the five-year forecast for Fiscal Year 2013-2017. Board further approved Ash to the OMERESA Health Benefits Board of Directors. Harrison North’s parent/teacher organization was also added to the district’s liability insurance.

In the matter of students, board approved applications of 13 interdistrict students and approved their attendance for 2012-2013.

Board also approved a request from the senior Ohio Model United Nations advisor to take 45 students to participate in the senior OMUN in Columbus, Dec. 9-11.

Board also approved use of facilities requests from the Husky Wrestling Club to hold a youth wrestling program at the junior/senior high Oct. 29-Dec. 31, 5-6:30 p.m., and to hold a youth wrestling program at the junior/senior high school Nov. 25-Dec. 8, 15 and 23, 1:30-6 p.m.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com