POMEROY — Progress or the lack thereof of third grade students at the Meigs Elementary School toward achieving the State Department of Education’s requirements for reading skills at that grade level was reported by Principal Darin Logan at last week’s meeting of the Meigs Local Board of Education.
Logan reported that 43 percent of the students have reached the new literacy target of the Ohio Department of Education but that number is down from student accomplishments of the past two years. He went on to say that there are 45 students whom the teaching personnel are “concerned about,” and that there are 15 or 16 who need special consideration for intervention, “in jeopardy of not going into the fourth grade.”
He went on to talk about summer school as a way of helping students who do not pass the third grade test which they have to pass in order to be promoted to the fourth grade.
While no new teachers have been hired to help with intervention, 10 Title One teachers have been called upon to assist with intervention. The test will be given again in the spring and that will determine whether summer school is required at the end of which another test will be administered to determine promotion into the fourth grade.
According to an Associated Press story as many as a third of Ohio third graders scored below the new literacy target in the recent testing, the results of which were released Friday. Under the state’s new Third Grade Reading Guarantee, students can be held back if they don’t meet tough new reading targets.
State results posted Friday showed 32,905 students, or 26.2 percent of those who took the fall reading test, showed limited proficiency which misses the new mark. About half of the 21,177 students who showed basic proficiency also fell below what’s been dubbed as the “cut score” for passing third grade, it was reported in the AP story. That puts more than 34 percent of the roughly 125,000 third graders in the state who participated in the testing program at risk, the report indicated.
It quoted the Ohio Department of Education’s Richard Ross as encouraging families “socked with seemingly bad news to take a long view. My message really is ‘what happens later. What happens in real life if they aren’t able to read?’”
The Board also received reports from Ron Hill on fall sports. He said the football gate was much better attributing part of that to “winning helps.” He went on to described cross county as a “little better, and volleyball about the same.” He talked about the golfing program and an increasing interest in that.
Dean Harris, transportation supervisor, talked about adjustment of four routes in order to reduce the time some students were having to spend on the bus coming to and getting back home. It was also noted that William Ellis has been certified as an instructor to train new drivers.
In other business at the meeting a resolution re-establishing the Meigs Local School District Premium Only Insurance Plan was adopted. A six week maternity leave was granted to Denise Lemponen, and Brent Bissell was hired as the varsity baseball coach for the 2014 season.
The next meeting was set for Monday, Dec. 30, at 7 p.m.
While the Board moved into executive session following the regular meeting, no action was taken when the meeting reconvened.
Attending were Superintendent Rusty Bookman, Treasurer/CFO Mark E. Rhonemus, and Board members, Ryan Mahr, Larry Tucker, Ron Logan, Todd Snowden and Roger Abbott, president.