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Benjamin Logan Schools respond to Sandy Hook tragedy (Audio included)

The Benjamin Logan Board of Education Meeting opened with a moment of silence Monday evening for the victims of last week’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Superintendent Lori Lytle says administrators at Benjamin Logan have been working with local law enforcement to improve upon their current Crisis Response Plan.

Listen to Superintendent Lytle discuss how Benjamin Logan will improve its Crisis Response Plan

High School Principal Mark Butler reported to the Board that Benjamin Logan high school students reacted to the shooting by asking him if the high school could hold a Sandy Hook Spirit Day this Wednesday. Students plan to wear Sandy Hook’s school colors–green and white. Butler says he would like to extend an invitation to the middle school and elementary school to participate as well.

Middle School Principal Debbie Johnson shared an exciting report from the 2011-2012 academic year with the Board. Benjamin Logan Middle School was ranked in the top two percent out of all of the middle schools in Ohio for its students’ high test scores, level of achievement, and rate of improvement.

“Benjamin Logan Middle School we just rocked it, and I am so, so proud of Mrs. Johnson, Mr. LeVan, and that staff,” Lytle said.

Lytle reported she met with a State Department of Education representative Monday morning. She says the representative asked if the Benjamin Logan School District would act as an exemplar for other schools in Ohio.

“The meeting went extremely well. They’re looking at all corners of what we’re doing here with our curriculum, our testing, and how we’re spending our money, and they felt we were right on track with that. And that’s always good to hear,” Lytle said.

High School teachers LuAnn Schmitmeyer and Jill McKelvey (pictured above) made a presentation to the Board concerning a new teaching strategy they would like to try in the classroom called the “Flipping Teaching Strategy.” The strategy calls for teachers to record a video of themselves teaching a lesson and posting it to the Web so that students can access it in the evening while working on that day’s homework assignment. The Board plans to watch Schmitmeyer’s and McKelvey’s example of this strategy in February to determine if the videos will be used in Benjamin Logan’s classrooms.

In other business, Board members unanimously approved the retirement of Tara Johnson, who was employed as a custodian at the elementary school.

The next Benjamin Logan Board of Education meeting is to be announced.


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