Created on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 Written by MANDY LOEHR
Riverside High School FFAmembers recently completed a building project of a pergola and benches used as an outdoor classroom space and the area was toured Tuesday night by members of the school district’s board of education. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)
Riverside Local Schools narrowly missed attaining an “excellent” rating on their recently released state report card, district officials reported at Tuesday evening’s board of education meeting.
The district received an “effective” rating, meeting 22 out of 26 state standards, an increase from the 21 out of 26 indicators met on last year’s report.
“We are showing a lot of improvement from year to year, and our end goal is that we want to be ‘excellent,’ ” Superintendent Scott Mann said. “We want to go over the top of that hill.”
Schools across the state recently received their preliminary report card data following a delay caused by an investigation into student attendance figures. Districts are still awaiting the release of their “official” report cards.
Also relating to Riverside’s report, Superintendent Mann said some subject areas saw substantial growth, including eighth-grade math and science, and also seventh-grade math.
“Our math at the junior high level is showing big improvements,” he said. “We’re going to continue to be working hard in math.”
The superintendent said at next month’s meeting, slated for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 27, building principals will provide a more detailed look at the district’s report card.
Another part of Tuesday evening’s meeting included a tour of the courtyard area of the school, where FFA members have made a number of improvements since the beginning of the school year, including installing a pergola.
Students in the FFA agricultural structural engineering class constructed the 16-by-20-foot pergola to provide an outdoor learning space for their fellow peers as detailed recently in the Examiner.
To begin the service-learning project, the classmates first learned about calculating board foot, structural design and terminology in class.
Then the pupils had to lay out and square up the framing of the pergola before any construction could begin. Next, the students set up post frames, attached the girders and then the rafters of the pergola.
Benches also were installed in the area, and a garden pond and raised flower beds are planned as well, Junior High and High School Principal Andy McGill said.
“The students have worked really hard on this project,” he said. “All of the efforts are theirs — their instructor Craig (Sammetinger) just supervised.”
During the discussion items, Cindy Garrett, technology coordinator, reported that the district’s recently installed wireless network is up and running, and teachers have been taking advantage of the new technology by taking their wireless devices to school to use during class time.
She also noted that beginning Nov. 1, students will be able to take their wireless devices to school to be added to the school’s network. Activity on the registered devices will be monitored.
Members also met in executive session for the purpose of the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or compensation of a public employee, official or student. No action was taken following the session.
In other action, the board:
• accepted the resignation of Bud Mees, bus driver, effective Oct. 23;
• extended supplemental contracts to Mason Bryan, Andy McGill, Chuck Bertschman and Bill Halter, Riverside Professional Development Committee; Dawn Core, co-Title I; Gwen Heath, junior high basketball cheerleading; Gregg Johnson, seventh-grade girls basketball; and Kellea Wilkinson, co-Title I, junior high boys basketball coverage;
• approved a $1,000 stipend to Terri Mees, transportation secretary, and a $1,500 stipend to Debbie Hughes, parent coordinator;
• approved Stacey Fauley and Adam Huber as Thursday/Saturday school monitors at the rate of $15 per hour; and
• approved Debbie Hughes and Catherine Eastman as school tutors at the rate of $15 per hour.