Created on Tuesday, 11 August 2009 Written by SUE PITTS
Benjamin Logan intends to focus even more attention on middle school students who struggle with reading after learning they will have the funds to compensate a dedicated tutor to bring those students up to speed in advance of their high school years.
Curriculum director Emmy Davis-Smith shared the details with the district’s board of education Monday during an otherwise routine session.
Through stimulus monies afforded by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the district will receive the Title I fund benefits because of a recent 63-percent spike in students eligible for free and reduced lunches.
After consideration of how best to utilize those dollars, officials want to boost reading scores by more closely targeting and working with students in the middle school who continue to have difficulty with reading, even after elementary school intervention.
The funds also afford parents with Public School Choice and state approved Supplemental Educational Services (tutoring) options in which parents may elect to divert the student to another location for special services, at no cost to them.
Classified contracts were extended to Kip Orndorf, high school special needs aide; Carol Robinson, special education aide/middle school facilitator of volunteer reading program; and Cheryl Weidman, bus driver.
Extra duty assignments went to Tony Grant, head weight room coordinator; Carleton Cotner, Kevin Butler and Jeff Fay, assistant weight room coordinators; Jim Fawcett, assistant girls soccer; Kevin Penwell, freshman boys basketball; Josh Kauffman and Todd Shadley, middle school boys basketball; Kevin Butler, assistant high school wrestling; Jackie Thompson, First Robotics; Joe Wilson and Mike Coughlin, half middle school football; and Dennis McPheron, reserve boys basketball.
In other business, the board accepted, approved or authorized:
• $150 stipends for teachers selected to present at district in-service meetings;
• salary schedule advancement to masters +15 for Theresa Krock, Rob Painter and Lori Weyant; • eight extended days for Matthew Green for the 2009-10 year;
• pay of $24 per hour for home instruction tutors;
• the eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C., May 19-21;
• volunteer coaching services from Cynthia Shepard, First Robotics; Brian Levingston, assistant boys soccer; Chad Stahler, assistant volleyball; and Matt Green, assistant high school football; and
• a $538 Building Level Grant and a $200 Dodge Family Grant from Logan County Education Foundation for the elementary school.
The next regular meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15.