St.C. board applauds state report card

The St. Clairsville School District met for the month November Board of Education meeting on Wednesday highlighted by a strong district report card ranking, and a pair of recognitions, prior to the Red Devils’ regional final victory against Johnstown-Monroe on Friday.

Legenia Guindon and Dorothy Vannest were both recognized by the OSBA Southwest Region for their performance in the school systems. Guindon was recognized as an Outstanding Faculty Member, while Vannest as an Outstanding Classified Member who will retire later this year.

The Report Card results were in for the Red Devils, with a superb showing in meeting 23 of the 26 possible indicators for successful school systems. The high school, which reached and met all 12 criteria, also saw an increase in Performance Index from a year ago. It was given an excellent rating with the middle and elementary schools both receiving effective marks. After strong results, committees are still being assembled to improve results next year in an ongoing effort to better the education systems.

There was a large amount of community contribution last month, which the district extended gratitude for benefiting many aspects of the schools. Several loads of grindings for were also given to the parking lots.

The high school is currently doing a food drive for the local food pantry which was encourage to all the residents to participate. The middle school put on the musical “Annie” recently which was a success.

Juliana Madzia finished in the top 20 in the state cross country meet earning her an All-Ohio nod. The football team was crowned OVAC and Buckeye 8 champions, while the golf team finished OVAC runner-up, regional runner-up and placed fifth in the state. That is the highest showing for the program.

New personnel to the Saint Clairsville Schools staff were added this year, including four certified aides.

Amanda Probst, Kathleen Bock, Lee Alban, and Lora Karkula will be in the classrooms this school year. Stephen Knotts is a new addition to the teaching staff.

On the extra curricular side, Wayne Berk was continued as the high school and middle school music director, as well as the vocal director. This will be his 14th year as a head in the music program.

Jacqui Sall and Steve Hicks were approved at the seventh grade level for volleyball and football coaching positions, respectively.

Improvements to the district include projectors and 28 computers. The current internet connection will also be upgraded from 10mbps to 100mbps.

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