ISTEP scores compare with other area schools
Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer
Jac-Cen-Del Principal Johnny Budd presented the
Spring 2009 ISTEP scores to the JCD School Board at their regular
meeting on Wednesday, September 16. According to Budd, the schools
results were close to the states average as well as compared
favorably with the area schools.
Response to Intervention (RTI) will be used to identify where
a student will need additional help in a subject. According to
Budd, an acuity test will be administered, and if a student falls
below the benchmark, the student will receive an additional 30
minutes of individual assistance. Currently, this is only for
the junior high students.
Budd noted that every 7th grader is receiving an additional nine
weeks of math as part of the rotation and students who are having
problems in English taking an addition course rather than a foreign
language. Vocabulary will be the focus this year in order to help
prepare the students for the PSAT and the SAT.
Superintendent Bill Narwold updated the board on the qualified
construction loan application for the building project. He said
the application was rejected, but the school can reapply in 2010.
Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn (ROD) Special Education Cooperative received
approximately $1 million in federal stimulus money. According
to Narwold, ROD has administered $58,000 to JCD, with teachers
receiving materials and equipment as well as new teachers being
hired. He noted that this source of funding will only be available
for two years.
In personnel, the board unanimously approved the recommendation
to accept the resignation of Travis Rohrig as summer recreation
director. The temporary contract for Tammy Halcomb as teacher
at the elementary school was approved. The recommendation to hire
Nancy Reichers for homebound instruction was approved.
The following extra-curricular assignments were approved: Matt
Slaven, student council and yearbook; April Hughes, National Junior
Honor Society chairperson; Paul Thole, Gene Westerman, and David
Espinda as the Supermileage Team; and Jo Jones as academic team
The transfer of Amy Burton from part time to full time preschool
aid was approved. The rehire of Maxine Ward as part time preschool
aid was approved. Sarah Kelts was approved as a full time preschool
aid beginning September 21. Suzanne Wagner was approved as a preschool
special education instructional aide for special needs students
beginning September 29.
The following NEOLA policies were approved: the revised policy
for board member ethics; the revised policy for programs for high
ability students; the revised graduation requirements policy;
and the electronic data processing disaster recovery plan.
Field trip requests approved were the sixth grade trip to Chicago
in the spring and the JCD band trip to Cedar Point on October
All board members were in attendance along with corporation attorney
Tim Day to advise. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday,
October 14 beginning at 6 p.m. in the elementary school library.
The meeting is held one week earlier than usual in order to approve
the budget before the deadline.