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County ESC, Lisbon schools to share bus director

October 16, 2012
Morning Journal News

LISBON - With continued efforts to find ways to share services, members of the county Educational Service Center board voted Monday to hire a joint director of transportation with the prospect of sharing the person with the Lisbon school district.

Following an executive session, the board voted to hire Jennifer L. Durno for the remainder of the school year, paying her $40,000 for a 230-day contract.

Durno will be an employee of the ESC, which will then contract her services to the Lisbon schools.

Lou Rammuno pointed out it was an opportunity with both Lisbon and the ESC losing their transportation coordinators at the same time. He would like to see it become a model at the county level for other schools. He sees opportunities to share in route scheduling, mechanical work and drivers, especially substitutes.

The ESC already shares special education director Cheryl McGrath with the county Board of Developmental Disabilities, where she serves at Robert Bycroft School. Additionally, ESC director Anna Marie Vaughn said for years, the ESC has shared someone with Kent State.

The board also heard presentations by McGrath and Judy Herron about upcoming changes in requirements for schools.

Herron said teacher evaluations will begin to look at not only at how well the teacher leads the classroom, but how much students have learned based on their assessment. Additionally, principal evaluations will be not just about the work they do at the school, but also how well students perform.

Additionally, one of the concerns is how well gifted students are progressing. In many cases, Herron said, gifted students progress only a half a year instead of a whole year of improvement. She stressed the necessity of giving them additional projects or additional contact in the curriculum.

In addition to attendance and how well schools graduate their students, report cards will begin looking at physical education.

Special education students are also part of new content standards where they will be required to show they are progressing. Schools will be soon required to test them with the teacher one on one. Each content area takes an hour to test. Vaughn said there are concerns about first getting teachers trained to provide the test, which must be done this February and March.

Then additional people will be needed to work with the rest of the class, while teachers are pulled away.

She would like the ESC to become a resource to assist schools as they prepare to meet the new standards.

At the beginning of the meeting, new board member Orville "Chip" Highley was sworn in.



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