Preliminary Ohio Achievement Assessment results sparked excitement at the Benjamin Logan School Board meeting Monday.
Superintendent Lori Lytle reported the middle school has seen a significant gain all across the board with the assessment. The middle school has seen a 41 percent total increase across the ten tested areas. The test areas are reading, science, and math for grades five through eight. The largest increase was in 5th grade math. In 2011, they received a 67.4 and this year they earned a 76.2. Official results are expected to be available by the July meeting.
In other board action, Alex Melton was hired as a high school math teacher and Sarah Smith will be a high school Spanish teacher.
Mark Foley will be the special education director for the district for two-and-a-half days a week. His services will be shared with Riverside.
The board also approved the dual enrollment contract with Urbana University. The program will allow students to receive college credit while still attending high school.
Extended services were cut for a certified staff member. Middle school band director Clint Steinbrunner was present to express his concerns to the board about making the reductions. The cuts were made because of hard times and the board did not want to cut a staff position. The district will save about $24,000 with the reduction.
Steinbrunner comments about his concerns.
Two foreign exchange students will call themselves Raiders next year. Marvin Pfortner, of Germany, and Annabelle Radford, of Australia, will be seniors at Benjamin Logan next year. Pfortner will be staying with Deron and Nikki King and Radford will be hosted by Steve and Pat Myers.
Lytle talks about the meeting.
The Benjamin Logan School Board will meet again on July 16th at 7 pm.