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State report card concerns Riverside board (Audio included)

The Riverside Board of Education conducted their final meeting for 2013 Tuesday night.

The 2013 state report card garnered most of the discussion.

The state changed the way districts are graded. Grades were given this year on a number of criteria.  Riverside received an overall grade of C.

Though the overall score was very close to a B, Superintendent Scott Mann and building principals Mason Bryan and Andy McGill all agreed that there is much room for improvement.

Riverside did not do well with the Annual Measurable Objectives (the other county schools didn’t either). The objectives score is based on reading and math scores. Riverside did not do well in the math section.

Mann talks about the report card.

The solution to improving the test scores appears to be providing the materials needed to update the curriculum. According to Mann, budget restrictions require funding the process in chunks. Mann, the building principals, and other staff have already begun prioritizing needs.

Mann and Treasurer Jennifer Blackford had their evaluations approved by the board. Both have been at their positions for a year and a half. Both were commended for the high quality of their work in their short time on the job.

Board President Don Klingler noted that Mann is an excellent communicator with staff, students, and parents. 

Klingler talks about Mann and Blackford.

Blackford received an excellent rating. Klingler explained that the district has benefited from Blackford’s knowledge of the Ohio Revised Code. She has been an active participant in managing the district’s favorable financial situation.

The district has used four calamity days. They have one more day available and three “blizzard bag” days. 

Elementary principal Mason Bryan indicated that 46% of the third grade class scored at least the 400 needed to pass the state mandated test; 25 students didn't. The students get another chance with the test that must be passed to get to the fourth grade. Remediation efforts have begun. Unfortunately, participation has been less than Bryan hoped.

The board will have its organizational meeting for 2014 on January 9th at 5:30 p.m.

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