OHIO — The Ohio High School Board met in regular session on Dec. 16 and conducted the following business:
• Approved the agenda as presented, the minutes of the Nov. 25 meeting as corrected, the November treasurer’s report and the bills and payroll.
• Math teacher Greta Bates addressed the board during audience participation concerning semester exams. She feels the board should re-evaluate the current policy of semester exams. Currently, students can exempt out of an exam if they have an A in the class. Bates feels the school should go back to everyone taking all exams both semesters. Bates has concerns with the new Common Core Park Exam, which is what the school’s AYP will be determined. Also, a lot of teachers still use multiple choice semester exams, and with this new park exam there are a lot of open-ended questions and students have to show the work. Bates also feels the week before Christmas break is not a good time to focus on finals. Someone asked if students will still have to take ACTs, and Bates explained they will still need the ACT score to get into college.
• Approved the final levy as presented.
• Approved the driver’s education waiver to be submitted to the state board.
• Approved charter bus Cheeseman Coaches for prom transportation.
• Approved second and final reads of board policy manual updates.
Superintendent Sharon Sweger reported:
• Enrollment in the high school is 32 students.
• The second scoreboard was installed without the advertising panel. Sweger wanted both signs in place for the high school girls’ games. She is still finalizing information for donation and advertising panel.
• Sweger is checking into a new fence for around the playground. She has one quote but wants to talk to a few other companies before making a decision.
• Ohio Schools sponsored Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Bureau County Fairgrounds. There were 50 vendors who had paid their fees. The weather hampered the turnout, but there were no complaints. All school organizations and employees could set-up booths for free. Sweger would like to thank Jordan Olson who took pictures with Santa, and her track team sponsored a bake sale. The sophomore class and their sponsors, Kurt Folk and Diane Brandau, did a great job at the concession stand.
Principal Jason Wilt reported:
• The Christmas concert was held on Dec. 4 in the auditorium. The school had a great turnout, and Patrick Anderson did a great job. Wilt noted the improvement in the music program. He thanked Judy Andersen, the pianist, for such a nice performance.
• The school hosted a girls’ basketball game on Dec. 14. Both teams looked good, and varsity had a win.
• Semester exams started on Dec. 18 all day and continued through Dec. 20. Exams finished at 11:10 a.m. on Friday, and then the students participated in Student Council activities until school dismissed at 2 p.m.
• Homecoming will be the week of Jan. 6, The game will be on Jan. 7, and the dance will be on Jan. 11.
• PTO sponsored a Santa’s Workshop on Dec. 12 and 13 from 8 a.m. until noon. Wilt thanked the PTO and the community volunteers who make the event a success. A lot of kids would not be able to shop for loved ones if the school didn’t have this program.
The board convened into closed session at 7:17 p.m. and reconvened into regular session at 7:21 p.m. The board then approved Lacy Depue as a volunteer.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:24 p.m. The next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 in the school library.