CASSTOWN — There have been some traffic issues during school weekday mornings on State Route 589 near Miami East School campus due to complications of parents dropping off and picking up their children. To help the situation, Superintendent Dr. Todd Rappold said that the middle drive between the elementary and high school buildings are closed during pick-up and drop-off times.
“Traffic comes to a complete standstill because no one can move,” Rappold said at Monday’s board of education meeting. “By closing the drive between the elementary and high school, we got a lot of that traffic off 589.”
Rappold said that he wants transportation safer on campus and has so far received positive comments from parents for the change.
“We primarily just want to make sure it’s a safe endeavor,” he said. “The process went as smoothly as can be expected.”
During the meeting, the board approved to adopt the changes made to House Bill 64 addressing the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES). The bill will allow the district to have flexibility on the number of appraisals completed each year.
“The overall process has gone fairly smoothly,” Rappold said. “Our teachers are vested in this process and have done very well.”
Rappold said principals and administration handle evaluations.
The district now has three options for addressing student growth measures (SGM), and does not have to use the value-added ratings from state tests for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years, but is still an option. The other options include using student learning objectives (SLO), vendor assessments, or alternative frameworks.
Miami East Junior High students participated in Rachel’s Challenge two weeks ago, in which students learned about Rachel Scott’s “Code of Ethics” that she wrote a month before dying in the Columbine shooting on April 20, 1999. The Upper Valley Medical Foundation funded the program. Overall, it has made a positive impact on students.
“(The program) has been very well-received,” Rappold said. “You can sense a difference in the building after we go through the training.”
Rappold said the program is done throughout the year to address harassment and bullying.
The board approved of the following items:
• Donations of $100 from Lewis and Atha in memory of Bob Davis for the FFA program; $187 from United Way for the High School Athletic Program; $350 from Bethel Local for the Athletic Summer BK League; and $2,000 from the National FFA for the Miami East FFA Program.
• Substitute teachers on file who have been approved by the Miami County Educational Service Center on an as-needed basis for the school year. The board approved rate is set at $80 per day through 10th consecutive days and $85 per day from 11th day through 60 days in the same position, then placed on beginning salary schedule.
• Out-of-state trips including: National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., from Oct. 28-31; MEHS New York City trip from April 13-16; and the eighth grade Smoky Mountain trip from May 9-13.
• The Waiver of Transportation for students within MELS district who are attending the Piqua Catholic Schools, Sidney-Lehman High School, Miami Montessori School, Saint Patrick’s School, and the Miami County Consortium Pre-School and Special Education units, for reimbursement to the parents for the 2015-16 school year.
• Rush’s Concrete Construction approved for snow removal for the district.
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