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Columbiana ranks in top 3 compared to other districts

October 8, 2012
Morning Journal News

COLUMBIANA - In the midst of an investigation into false attendance data, the state has released limited preliminary report cards to school districts.

Superintendent Don Mook went over the results with the board last week, and compared students'achievement in social studies, math, science, writing and reading to other districts in Columbiana and Mahoning counties. Testing results compared were for students in grades 3-11.

According to the results the district ranked first, second or third in each subject compared to other districts in the county.

Subjects in which students excelled when compared to others in the county were third grade math, fifth grade reading and math, sixth grade reading and math, seventh grade math, eighth grade reading and 10th and 11th grade writing.

Students excelled in both counties in fifth grade reading and math and sixth, seventh and 10th grade math.

Mook said he included the Mahoning County results since the district has residents living in both counties.

The Ohio Department of Education released a statement on its website that the remainder of the report card data will be released at a later date pending the progress of an investigation by state Auditor David Yost into the alleged irregularities of student attendance reported by local districts.

The data yet to be released includes the district's overall rating, attendance rate, and performance index.

In other business, the board approved the following:

- Michael Cunningham, Derek McElhaney, Alyssa Gwirtz, Bryce Bezdek and Amy Cannon as substitute teachers and Bruce Kalina and Barbara Miller as substitute support staff.

- One-year supplemental contracts for Alana Kady, Trisha Nord, Holly Ferguson and Rae Ann Gorby.

- Evan Hill, Matthew Liggett, Stephanie Baylor, Elizabeth Coffey and Kenneth Shea as volunteers.

- Transferring Neely Jack from the 4.5 hour per day Joshua Dixon Elementary cook position to the 5.25 hour per day elementary cook position and vacating the former position, effective Oct. 1.

- A salary change for Jennifer Fry, high school intervention specialist.

- An HVAC Time and Materials Service Agreement with Gardiner Trane Co. for the elementary, middle and high schools at a cost of $7,488, including 96 labor hours a year, with additional hours to be billed at $78 per hour. The contract is effective from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2013.

- Sunday May 26 as the 2013 commencement date.

- A roof maintenance contract with Boak and Sons Inc. for this school year at a cost of $4,836 for the middle and high school. The price included labor, material and supervision to complete two inspections per year and maintenance repair work.

- A contract with Transit Service for bus maintenance and repair as needed for this school year at a cost of $55 per hour.

- The Ohio Schools Council cooperative purchasing program membership (including AEPA) for fiscal year 2013 at a cost of $200 per district plus 18 cents per pupil, with an additional fee of $2,800 for 20 hours use of the Legal Hotline Program.

The next meeting was set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the high school media center.



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