Harrison Hills BOE maps new school year

CADIZ – Classes have started again at Harrison Hills. The school board held its regular meeting Wednesday night to review preparations and expectations for the coming school year.

In matters of staff, Administrative Assistant Duran Morgan reported on the status of special education students. Preliminary numbers show a total of 92 students at the junior/senior high school, 37 at Harrison East and 31 Harrison North.

He added that curriculum supplemental materials are secured for the year, covering elementary reading and math programs and math and science textbooks for junior and senior high students to advance early in math.

Staff and administration have also enrolled in state support team sessions focusing on issues such as planning and writing IEPs. Plans are underway for additional iPad training for the faculty.

District Director Mark Kowalski reported starting the year with 19 regular routes, including 17 regular routes and two handicapped routes. Preschool started this past Monday. Due to the numbers, a fourth route will likely be added Sept. 3. Last year, 14 children were transported. This year 27 children will be transported, with additional miles.

He also reported ceiling and restriping work on the buildings, with some patching to be completed at Harrison North. Concrete has been re-worked at Harrison East. Electricity upgrades have been completed in all buildings as well as the partial restoration and partial replacement of the roof at Harrison Central.

New menus are also in place, with healthier options available. As a result, the district is on the way to gaining a reimbursement of six cents through the National School Lunch Program to offset increased costs of fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and whole grain.

In matters of personnel, board approved Julia Carman and Cathy Salsberry as Home Bound Tutors for the 2013-14 school year and confirmed the assignment of Melanie Beeson, sixth grade, Harrison North; Jessica Nign, pre-school handicapped, Harrison East, Franci Doty, first grade, Harrison East; and Ashleigh Johnson, kindergarten, Harrison North.

Board employed Melissa Owens as fourth grade teacher at Harrison East Elementary effective Aug. 23, 2013,

Board approved the OVLA handbook for the 2013-14 school year.

Board also approved Heather Reed for medical leave of absence beginning Aug. 22, 2013 for the 2013-14 school year.

Board approved Nicholas Bickar, Amy Shaw, Jessica Bennett, Michelle Sheets and Cayla Paboucek as substitute teacher/tutors for the 2013-14 school year, and Jacelyn Shaw as nurse.

Board assigned additional duties of 21st Century HE Site Managers to Bert Tharp and Donald Madzia for Fiscal Year 2014.

Board approved Lisa McAfee as OVLA grade 1-3 supplemental, and Michele Huston OVLA grade 4-8 supplemental.

Board approved Deb and Walt Hawthorne, Lois Wright, Dara Raber, Kathy Wallace, Theresa McCombs, Billie Harding, Eric Sheets, Darlene Huebner, Debbie Ingram, Dana Ritchie, Kris Puskarich, Teri Mizer, and Tim Mizer as band chaperones for the 2013-14 school year.

Board approved Jessica Bennett as a second grade teacher at Harrison East effective Aug. 29.

Board approved Lisa Trushel, Help Me Grow central intake coordinator effective Sept. 3, and Lindsay Ludwig, home visitor for Help Me Grow, dependent on state funding.

In matters of business and operation, board approved the inclusion of numerous groups into the district’s liability policy. These include the Harrison Central Diamond Club, the Huskies, HCHS Volleyball Parents, the Harrison Central Soccer Parent Club, the Harrison Central Band Boosters, the Huskies Football Parents Club, and the Harrison Central Lady Huskies Basketball Parents.

Board approved HMG to enter into a service contract with Pauline Gratchen for services related to GRF/Home Visiting beginning July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014. Board also approved HMG to enter into a service contract with Gratchen for services related to quality assurance reporting and intake and referral services related to the MIECHV grant Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2014.

In matters of students, board accepted applications for nine interdistrict students and intradistrict students grades three, four, eight, 10 and 11 and approved their attendance under the district’s open enrollment program for the 2013-14 school year. Board also approved the placement of three foreign exchange students.

Board also approved a request from FFA Advisor Don Jones to take five FFA trips for the 2013-14 school year. These include the participation of 20 students in Greenhand Camp at Camp Muskingum Sept. 29-10; 25 students in the National FFA convention in Indianapolis, Indiana Oct. 30-Nov. 2; 45-50 students in the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, Feb. 14-15; 15-20 students in the Made for Excellence Conference at Union Local High School Feb. 22-23; and 20-15 students at the state FFA convention in Columbus April 30-May 1.

In use of facilities, JS Viking Football was permitted the use of the field/concession stand at Harrison North Sept. 8, 15, 22, and 29, Oct. 5, 6, 13, and 20, 1-6 p.m.

Cadiz Biddy Football was permitted the use of the field and concession stand at the junior/senior high school Sept. 1-Oct. 20, 1-6 p.m., Oct. 5, 6:30-10 p.m.

The Jewett/Scio Biddy Cheerleaders were permitted the use of the Harrison North auditorium Aug. 29-Oct. 31, 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for cheer practice.

September’s board meeting was changed to Sept. 19 and October’s to Oct. 24.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com