Ohio High School Board
OHIO — The Ohio High School Board took action on the following items at its meeting March 26:
• Discussed the district’s grade point scale. Ohio has an 8-point grading scale compared to a 10-point grading scale at the majority of the surrounding schools. Superintendent Sharon Sweger explained that with the district’s dual credit classes from Sauk Valley Community College, the district is on the college’s 10-point grading school, which is what all colleges have. Board President Harold Albrecht asked Sweger to discuss this with the grade school board and bring this back as an action item next month.
• Approved Dr. Arnold Faber to conduct sports physicals for about 35 students beginning at 9 a.m. May 2. This is a free service to students provided by the district.
• Approved the 2012-13 school calendar as presented.
• Approved Illinois High School Association membership.
• Eliminated the Science Club activity account and established a special projects account.
• Continued discussing implementing a drug screening policy. Sweger has contacted the IHSA to get information related to drug screening but has not received an answer. Sweger is working with the district’s lawyer to determine what needs to go in as policy and what is administrative procedure to support the policy.
• Approved giving authority for Sweger to submit the school maintenance grant application for installation of windows and tuck-pointing.
• Heard the state owes the district a total of $11,939 in payments.
• Heard Sweger has found a curriculum which would be for a 16-week course (elective) in computer gaming. Preliminary surveys with the students are revealing a lot of interest. Sweger has talked to Kim Purvis at Whiteside and is looking for a syllabus for the course to match to the state courses available for possible vocational reimbursement. The course would not be about playing games but to learn skills in gaming design.
• Heard the high school play was March 23-24. Principal Mark Downey said director Ashley Swanson does very well with picking plays that meet the students’ needs and does a great job with the details that make the show.
• Heard track, coached by Adam Spencer, has four students participating. There will be five meets in April.
• Approved renewal of Downey’s two-year contract as discussed.