Riverside considering preschool program

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Riverside Local Schools is considering offering a preschool class to district residents beginning with the 2014-15 school year, as board of education members discussed at their Tuesday evening meeting.

Superintendent Scott Mann said he has been researching the preschool option for several years. He has developed a parent manual for the program and presented a program proposal to the board.

“This would be an extension of our school building into the community, and I think it would be a great option for children to begin their learning at a younger age,” he said.

The new program would be geared for ages 4 and 5, and half-day classes would take place in the school’s elementary wing. Title I funds would help support the preschool, and a new preschool teacher would be hired, Mr. Mann said.

Projected costs per child for the program would be about $100 a month, and a reduced rate likely would be available for families who are 200 percent below the federal poverty level.

The board will vote on the proposed preschool program at their next meeting, 5:30 p.m. March 25 at the school library.

Also during board reports, members recognized seven high school students who will advance to the state Business Professionals of America competition in March following their performances at the recent regional competition.

Students who will move to the state competition include Jasmine Bryant and Lindsey Hall, who received first place and second place, respectively, in fundamental desktop publishing; Paige Marmon, fourth place financial math and analysis; Madison Manahan, third place keyboard production; and Allie Robinson, Hannah Jo Grimes and Cierra Rhoads, with respective first, second and fourth place finishes in parliamentary procedure concepts, as previously reported in the Examiner.

The parliamentary procedure team of Cierra Rhoads, Allie Robinson, Lindsey Hall and Hannah Jo Grimes also placed second in the region.

Advisers Michelle Weadock and Lindsay Wyan said the students who competed showed initiative and follow-through during a school year filled with weather delays and school cancellations.

In other action, the board:

• extended a supplemental contract to Patti Leiss, high school student council;

• approved Thursday/Saturday monitor contracts for Deanna McIntosh and Andy Phelps;

• approved membership in the Ohio School Boards Association for 2014 at a cost of $3,394;

• approved a contract with the Western Ohio Computer Organization for Internet service effective July 1 through June 30, 2017, at a cost of $21,324 per year; and

• approved the following donations: $100 from the National Energy Foundation for the Energy Safe Kids program; $1,000 from the Logan County Drug Free Youth Coalition; and $1,000 Zaner-Bloser Inc. “Which Teacher Inspired Your Future” contest; 25 new To Kill A Mockingbird paperback books and 25 new The Giver paperback books, both from Mr. and Mrs. Scott Mann.