Shadyside BOE hears good news

SHADYSIDE – The Shadyside School District Board of Education received several visitors during Wednesday night’s meeting.

Ed Good, president of the Mead Township Board of Trustees, attended the meeting in a show of the good relationship enjoyed by the school district and the township. Superintendent John Haswell recently attended the latest township meeting.

“I recently came back from a township conference in Columbus, and a lot of townships, a lot of entities, don’t enjoy the relationship that we do,” Good said. “We made a commitment long ago to be part of the community, and that’s why we’re here.”

The board then recognized the athletic achievements of the high school cheerleading squad. The fifteen cheerleaders competed at Cheer for a Cure in Columbus, where they were the runner-up team, and also participated in the OVAC cheerleading competition where they placed fourth. Seniors Alysha Darrah and Taylor Porter showed the board their trophies and received certificates from board member Donna Joseph. Advisor Melanie Haswell explained that cheerleading is essentially a year-round sport, as the squad members cheer for football and basketball, and practice for months before the OVAC competition.

“I’m proud of these girls. I think we made the town proud,” Haswell said.

Shadyside recently received the Auditor of State Award, thanks to a financial audit completed by Treasurer Melissa Visnic. The award is given to entities that file timely reports with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and receive a “clean” audit report, meaning the audit did not contain findings for recovery, citation, weakness, deficiencies, single audit findings, or questioned cost.

Leslie Kosanovic, of the East Central Ohio ESC, gave a presentation on the newest “Common Core” standards of learning being implemented in the 2014-2015 school year, and the expectations being placed on teachers and students. Testing is set to change as Ohio Achievement Assessments are phased out and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers assessments are put into place. Computer skills, among other things, will be critical to student success.

“They are rigorous, and there are a lot of expectations,” Kosanovic said.

The board approved the purchase of 105 fire extinguishers, along with labor costs to install them in every classroom throughout the district. Also approved was the replacement of 12 security cameras. The analog cameras reportedly record grainy, hard-to-see video, while the new color cameras will be higher quality.

Resignations were accepted from school nurse Kelly Trubiano and Leona Middle School teacher Jim Amato. Employment was approved for Jody Mellott as Leona Middle School custodian, Sheila Zusak as a substitute speech and language pathologist, Courtney Stewart as a substitute secretary, Kayla Stewart as a substitute nurse, Katrina Czuchran as a Braille specialist, and Denise Neavin as a substitute custodian.

Due to bad weather, a “sexting” assembly was canceled and rescheduled for March. The school will be bringing in an attorney from West Virginia to speak to students about choices made while using social media.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, March 18 at 6 p.m.

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