SALINEVILLE - Superintendent John Wilson said when the data is released he expects Southern Local Schools to be rated "excellent" on their state report card, an improvement of one spot from the "effective" rating the district previously received.
Wilson said he has looked at the preliminary data, and that it is promising, with the high school meeting 10 out of 16 possible indicators and the elementary school meeting 10 out of 10.
If Wilson is correct, this would mean the district would meet 20 out of a possible 26 indicators. In the 2010-11 school year, the district met only 13 indicators, and subsequently received the lesser designation.
Elementary Principal Anita Romeo said it was the first time the school had met all 10 possible indicators. The elementary school has been rated "excellent" for the previous three years.
"I'm very proud of all of my staff and students. Everyone worked very hard and very diligently, and we, underline we, did it," she said.
Wilson said he based his projection on preliminary data because not all the information is yet available.
The Ohio Department of Education first delayed and then released limited information on how schools in the state performed while the Auditor of State investigates whether some schools manipulated attendance data.
Wilson said the district qualified two years ago for a School In Need (SIG) Grant of $1.2 million and then again last year for $1.14 million, and those funds have been used to increase the district's score. Specifically, he said those funds were used on professional development, school programs and purchasing some technology.