Created on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 Written by SUE PITTS
Staff members were lauded during the regular Benjamin Logan Board of Education meeting Monday after the district’s Excellent with Distinction designation on the 2011-12 State Report Card from the Ohio Department of Education.
With the thought that it was a total team effort, every board member is personally signing a certificate of appreciation to be presented to each classified, certified and administrative staff member in the district.
Board President Bill Ramsey related the gesture was necessary “because we are extremely, extremely appreciative of the commitment of each and every staff member.”
Superintendent Lori Lytle admitted there were tears when she broke the news to middle school principal Deb Johnson, where the greatest gains were recorded.
“To feel the elation when these numbers came out ...,” she began. A year prior, officials said, fifth-grade math scored 67.4 percent, prompting administrators to issue a strong challenge to staff members to raise that score. In the next release of preliminary scores, that score had risen to 76.9 and the latest unpublished scores show yet another increase to 90.1 percent.
“Huge gains, huge gains,” Ms. Lytle reiterated. “We are doing an awful lot of good things here. We challenged staff and they rose to occasion.”
But officials are not resting on the numbers. Board Vice President Dr. Jason Robson said he appreciated staff efforts to hit high goals, but said “unfortunately,” the bar is going to be set even higher.
“The big winners are the children,” said Ms. Lytle. “Never mind the numbers, look at what you’ve done for the children. They are the big winners,” said Ms. Lytle.
Ben Logan officials also moved toward a calamity day plan, as required by House Bill 153, in which teacher lesson plans will be posted on the school Web site in the event of a weather-related school closure. Students will have the time equal to or greater than the amount of instructional time the student would receive for three in-class school days.
Online makeup calamity days will be counted toward the number of contracted workdays in a school year.
State mandates require the lessons be available online by Nov. 1.
Extra duty assignments were extended to Tiann Harner, varsity girls bowling; Jamison Hughes and John Stahl, middle school girls basketball; Kevin Butler, middle school wrestling; and Bryan Knurek, Ohio Model United Nations.
Non-licensed extra duty assignments were awarded to Kaycie Boyd, high school basketball cheerleading; Tracy Cupps, reserve boys basketball; Nathaniel Tennant, freshman boys basketball; Michael David, middle school boys basketball; Scott Gillfillan, reserve girls basketball, Kiel Henry, assistant high school wrestling; Ryan Whitlow, middle school wrestling; Dan Craig, high school intramural; Kim Smith, assistant musical; and Bud Watkins, high school musical technical.
In other matters, the board authorized, accepted or approved:
• Tammy Poling and Becky Ropp hired as classified cafeteria cashiers;
• extra duty payment of $3,464.70 each to Lora James and Kim Weiss paid from FY2013 Agricultural Education 5th Quarter grant funds;
• payment of $500 each to Nelly Hughes, Lora James, Nancy McGuire and Lois Stoll as Resident Educator Program Mentors;
• a transportation contract with Matthew Kahler for one student at a cost of 55 cents per mile or $45.50 per day for each day of school attendance;
• an audiology service agreement with the Montgomery County Educational Service Center at a cost of $1.62 per minute;
• the resignations of Belle Center Free Public Library librarian Katie Elsasser and substitute Caitlin Bowdle and the appointment of Elizabeth Karshner as librarian;
• the volunteer coaching services of Cameron Saylor, Robyn Grant, Sharon Gase and Charles Mally;
• donation of $20 from the Logan County Convention and Tourist Bureau’s first oldest street race;
• donation of supplies from music boosters for Title I parent meetings; and
• the donation of audio visual media equipment to Adriel School.
The next regular meeting is at 7 p.m. Nov. 19.