Programming pays dividends


Times Leader Staff Writer

BELMONT-Expanded Union Local High School programming seems to be bringing positive results in terms of student performance, according to ULHS Principal Joel Davia.

At Thursday night’s school board meeting, Davia gave his school’s mid-year status report.

In the results of the fall OGT (Ohio Graduation Test) for students who needed to re-take and pass classes to graduate, Davia relayed the following average scores: reading 89.9 percent; writing 87.7 percent; math 87.5 percent; social studies 85.6 percent; science 79.8 percent. He says that they are working to bring the science score up, but that it is already 3.2 percent higher than the spring science score, so the teachers and students are “moving in the right direction.”

Twenty students are utilizing the 21st Century Community Learning Center for tutoring. Certified teachers are providing instruction for those who need to make up credits or are in danger of dropping out.

The A-plus online course program is assisting five students who need flexibility in their schedules. Davia says students must use the program five days per week, and most are taking two to three courses.

Another online program, “Blended Learning,” will be fully operational in January. Students will be able to take new classes that are not offered in the classroom, such as languages and higher math. “We’re very excited to be able to offer some new things to our students,” Davia added.

The Career Tech program will be using part of its state funding to purchase a larger greenhouse for the Greenhouse Management courses. Approximately $73,000 of the state funding must be spent on equipment, supplies or technology as part of the agreement. The greenhouse will be used for hands-on teaching and growing plants for sale as FFA and Agricultural Science projects.

The program will also be purchasing iPads and Apple TV for its five teachers to use in the classrooms and possibly net books for the freshman Agricultural Science students.

A representative from Electronic Recycling Services (ERS) in Bellaire approached Davia about a competition called the E-Way State Challenge. Held during the week of April 14, 2013, Union Local will compete with Barnesville bringing in old computers, flat screen televisions, cell phones and other electronics for recycling. A list of eligible items will be distributed to the students. The school with more items will earn $650, and the other school will receive $350. The National Honor Society may be coordinating the project at Union Local.

Board members voted to approve the resignation of Mark Cisar as head football coach, four to one. Board president Ed Stenger noted, “We’ve all talked about how good Mark Cisar is. Nobody questions his generosity, his integrity or hard work. He still has his job and is still the baseball coach. This vote tonight will be the end [of the issue.]”

Superintendent H. Kirk Glasgow informed the board that the facilitators of the shared services feasibility study would like to hold a presentation and forum at Union Local inviting the school boards of Union Local and Barnesville and other districts who have experience sharing services with other districts to discuss both positive and negative aspects. The suggested date is Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 at 6 p.m.

Treasurer Janet Hissrich reported that in a month to month comparison, the district’s November 2012 month end fund balance is $360,281 higher than that of November 2011.

Members voted to approve a purchase order to McGraw-Hill Education in the amount of $68,453.15 for a K through 5 math curriculum. Shipping on the order seemed excessive, so Elementary School Principal Scott Bowling is looking into an alternative shipping method. The money will be coming from the Union Local oil and gas lease fund.

The 2013 board of education re-organizational meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. January’s regular board of education meeting will immediately follow.

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