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Riverside Schools just misses Excellent Rating (Audio included)

The Riverside Board of Education held their October meeting Tuesday night. A preliminary indication of how the district did with the Ohio Department of Education’s 2011-12 report card was the main topic on the agenda.

Riverside earned an Effective rating earning 22 out of 26 possible benchmarks. Superintendent Scott Mann, though encouraged by the marked improvement across the board, was somewhat disappointed by the fact that the district missed an Excellent rating by one benchmark.

Mann also updated the board of the district’s decision to be proactive in the use of SLOs. Student Learning Objectives are formative and summative assessment tools that will be required by the state next year. Other districts in the area (Bellefontaine) have begun writing the objectives this year and Mann felt it would be beneficial to learn what other districts are doing and provide professional development in preparation for next year.

High school principal Andy McGill informed the board about REDO Day (formerly known as Challenge Day in other districts). Three staff, fifty students, and several volunteer parents participated in a day-long in-service to provide insight on topics such as bullying, individuality, and family dynamics. Mr. McGill was thrilled with the results. Specifically, students now realize that everybody struggles and that they don’t have to confront these struggles alone.

Andy McGill discusses REDO

A couple of supplemental contracts were approved. Kellea Wilkinson and Dawn Core were hired as Co-Title I Coordinators, Gwen Heath was named junior high basketball cheerleader advisor, and Gregg Johnson will coach 7th grade girls basketball.

Scott Mann on the report card and SLOs.

The annual Veterans Day Assembly will be held at the school on November 12th.

The next meeting will be November 27th at 5:30 in the high school library.

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