Meigs School Board gets technology readiness report

By Charlene Hoeflich

March 12, 2014

POMEROY — Comments on technology readiness in the Meigs Local schools were given by Matthew Simpson, technology director, at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Meigs Local School Board.

He spoke of both the teaching staff and students sometimes having the skills but being without the knowledge to incorporate it in the work program. He said an emphasis is being placed on incorporating technology at every level in the schools.

During the discussion with the board members on availability of information on the website, the matter of skills without knowledge of how to convey the information was discussed by Simpson. Board member Ryan Mahr noted that the scholarship information on the website is not up to date. Simpson said that the guidance personnel has the accurate scholarship information and will be updating the list of what is available very soon.

Simpson said that there are “all kinds of equipment and devices in the schools now” for use in advancing technology as a teaching tool.

Also reporting at the meeting was Paul McElroy, director of operations. He mentioned that with the new recycling program at the elementary school, the collection figure will be going up $12.

Chrissy Musser, food service director for the district, noted that confirmation on the summer food program has not yet been received but she expects to hear very soon. She said several families have already contacted her about participating. Last summer, about 600 families participated in the program funded byGovernor’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives. The meals provided are pre-boxed, shelf-stable items and are given out over a 10-week period to families who qualify under certain financial guidelines.

Meigs Middle School track coach assistant Jennifer Bartrum met with the board to discuss participation in the program and the need for assistance with the program.

During the meeting, the board hired Angela Hysell and William White as substitute custodians to be used on an as-needed basis. Also hired was Daniel Buckley as a substitute teacher for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year.

The meeting moved into executive session for the purpose of discussing the hiring and compensation of personnel, as well as negotiations with the union. At the meeting were all five board members: Ryan Mahr, Heather Hawley, Roger Abbott, Todd Snowden and Larry Tucker; along with Superintendent Rusty Bookman and treasurer/CFO Mark E. Rhonemus who presented the financial report for last month.