Consol gives $10K to Monroe Central

WOODSFIELD The Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education held its first meeting of the new school year Wednesday morning in the board office. Several issues were discussed.

Consol Energy donated $10,000 to Monroe Central High School. According to District Treasurer Lance Erlwein, it was because of a spirit competition and $9,000 will go towards the high school. Woodsfield Elementary and Skyvue Elementary will each receive $500.

Superintendent John Hall stated in his report that the board will continue to work on policies and student engagements. Student engagements involve students becoming more involved with their learning.

Also in the superintendent’s report, Hall touched on the handbooks for kindergarten to 12th grade. The kindergarten to eighth grade involves a tobacco policy for the junior high since it has become a problem in the past. Students will now go to a tobacco class rather than an out of school suspension. He also mentioned eighth grade graduation.

“We are also proposing placing it in the handbook so that all parents know up front what is going on. It wasn’t consistent between buildings, and our focus all year is try to get consistency,” said Hall. “We know that those ceremonies are important, but in my opinion as an educator, way too much importance is placed on that eighth grade GPA than it should be.”

Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, there will be eighth grade ceremonies similar to what is done now, but the district will not highlight one or two students as valedictorian or salutatorian.

Hall said that the district will continue to work with the court system and offer alternative schooling.

Board President Ron Winkler pointed out that the court system has been working with the school more and more.

The next meeting will be held on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Beallsville School.

The board also approved the following:

  • Approval of board policy – Guidelines for classroom/building movies;
  • Approval of agreement for school resource officer for the 2014 2015 school year with the Monroe County sheriff and with the Powhatan Police Department;
  • Approval of a lease with Beallsville pee-wee wrestling for doublewide classroom situated by the athletic field, former Beallsville High School location;
  • Approval of state policy and procedure manual guidelines for special education;
  • Approval of revised school improvement coordinator job description.

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