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Watch Dog Program garnering interest in E.Guernsey SchoolsWritten by Mike McKay
Board also discussed, approved early dismissal for Friday, Sept. 27
OLD WASHINGTON, Ohio -- The East Guernsey Local School District is moving closer to adopting the Watch Dog program.
During Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting, it was reported that well over 300 people attended a recent meeting about the Watch Dog program. The Watch Dogs, a nation wide program, stressing the importance of a positive male role model in a student's life, and bringing men into classrooms. The program has been in the Cambridge school system for over a year, and gaining popularity. Following the recent meeting, roughly 40 men have signed up to be a part of the East Guernsey's program, which has yet to be officially approved.
Superintendent Dr Richard Hall updated the Board on the A Plus system. The computer based instructional system is becoming more and more popular with teachers, students and adminstrators. Recently, members of the East Guernsey staff took training on the computer program. Dr. Hall says the point is not to push students away from the traditional classroom, but give students an alternative. He adds that students in the A plus program remain on the district's roster and are eligible to take part in school functions.
Dr Hall also discussed the Straight A program. The program offers state funding for various school programs, but is earmarked for those districts in Race to the Top. Dr Hall says that he has been talking with the Rolling Hills School District and others about the possiblity of forming a partnership. If a intra-district consortium could be formed, the group may be a stronger candidate for the funds, and all districts involved may benefit from a share of the approximately $250 M set aside for this program.
In other Board matters, a number of personnel items were addressed Tuesday night. On the list were classified and certified personnel items, including substitutes and volunteers. The Board also approved the retirement of Greg Wheeler (custodian), resignations of Tangala Montgomery, Brooke Stratton (instructional aids) and Mike Legats (Jr High Football Coach). The Board Tuesday night also approved a one year contract for psychologist Angela Carter.
Also approved was the senior class trip to Florida March 10-15, 2014, and the 8th Grade class trip to Washington D.C. May 21-23, 2014
After some discussion, the Board voted no on a recommendation for membership in the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy. Boardmember Andrew Warhola stated that he felt the fee of $558, was a "waste of money."
The Board also by a 4-1 vote approved a change in the school calendar. Approved was an early dismissal on this Friday, September 27, for staff professional development. All classes will be dismissing at 12:20 pm on Friday, Sept. 27.