Retired teachers meet

The Meigs County Retired Teachers Association met recently at the Wild Horse Cafe for a noon luncheon. Charlene Rutherford, president, welcomed the group and had the pledge to the flag.

For devotions Becky Zurcher told a story titled “Seeds of Faith.” She gave each one a mustard seed and had prayer before the meal.

The speaker was Tony Deem, Southern Local Superintendent. He talked about new trends in teacher training, evaluations, and educational methods. He said schools have to be more accountable for the students they have. He mentioned Southern now has nurses, a dentist and hygienist — whatever it takes to take care of the well-being of the student.

He also said that the principals spend about 70 percent of their time evaluating their teachers as the procedures have changed. He said that 50 percent is how proficient the teacher is and 50 percent the growth a student has made in a year. The process is very complicated and everything has to be documented. There was a question and answer session that followed.

For the business meeting, the secretary and treasurer’s reports were given and approved. Charlene said the Habitat for Humanity project for Meigs County will be next spring in Middleport. The service project for October will wait until next spring.

Becky Zurcher reported that there were no applications received for the scholarship. She asked that if we knew of someone who would benefit from this to let either she or Charlene know.

Charlene thanked all for the school supplies and classroom items for the Cooperative Parish to give out.

The door prizes were given to Lori Morrison, Joyce Ritchie Burgess and Gay Perrin.

The next meeting will be October 18 at the Meigs Senior Center.

Submitted by Janice Weber.