Palestine looking forward to report card

EAST PALESTINE — For the first time in the last three years, the village school district could be moving out of academic watch status through the Ohio Department of Education.

High school and middle school principal James Rook told the board of education last week he anticipates the removal due to the preliminary results of the state report card, only available to school administrators at this point.

The district’s results are slated for public release Sept. 14.

In 2017, the district received D grades in both achievement and prepared for success categories. Several county schools received lower grades last year as a result of state changes to requirements.

In other matters, Rook said some new things to expect this year at the middle and high school buildings are the art of theatre, introduction to communications, algebra and calculus classes, and statistics.

Also new this year are career counseling services provided by the Mahoning County Educational Service Center, which will assist with graduation requirements and tracking, post-secondary options and middle school career planning.

Superintendent Chris Neifer also said that Datacom is in the process of moving the camera and buzzer system to the exterior doors at all three school office locations in order to improve school safety.

The process should be finalized within the next week.

He was also happy to announce that elementary principal Kim Russo and the school staff were the recipient of the Ohio Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) Bronze recognition award for 2018. The school will be recognized at the 2018 Ohio PBIS showcase on Nov. 29-30 in Columbus.

In other business, the board approved:

— A one-year limited contract for Kristen Evans, fourth grade teacher.

— Marcy Beers and Gessica Renda as classified two-hour aides. Board member Sue Weigle abstained from the vote.

— Andy Ellis as substitute custodian and Joe McPeek as lunch room aide.

— Supplemental positions for 17 people. Board president Brian Moore abstained due to being married to Amy Creaturo-Moore, who was awarded a supplemental contract as freshmen co-adviser.

— Open enrollment for 10 students.

— Participation in the Southwestern Ohio Education Purchasing Council to advertise and receive bids on the board’s behalf for the specifications submitted for the cooperative purchase of one school bus.

— An agreement with the Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center for admission of tuition pupils.

— An agreement with the Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

— A school photography contract with Magic Moments Photography.

— Continuing support of the Family and Children First Council.

The next meeting was set for 6 p.m. Oct. 8.