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Riverside announces satellite agreement with Ohio Hi-Point (Audio included)

The Riverside Board of Education conducted their monthly meeting Wednesday night.Highlighting the agenda was the announcement of a five-year agreement between Riverside and the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center.

Under the agreement, media arts, agriculture science, and business education will be taught on the Riverside campus using Hi-Point curriculum.Riverside will provide the staff but will be paid by Hi-Point.Expenses will be shared.

Riverside is one of several sites that Hi-Point is using to expand their programs.Riverside was an attractive choice because of the facilities they can provide in these areas.

Enrollment numbers were addressed. Elementary principal Mason Bryan shared that 42 students have gone through kindergarten screening.He expects nearly 50 kindergartners to be attending school in the fall.

Treasurer Jennifer Blackford said that there are 720 students in the district.76 of those students open enroll.84 students living in the district enroll elsewhere.It continues to be a priority of the district to decrease the number going elsewhere.

Blackford also shared that, for the third year in a row, Riverside received an Auditor of State Award.The district was found to have exemplary financial reporting in accordance with GAAP standards.The award was based on their 2011-12 audit.

Superintendent Scott Mann announced the district’s craft show organized by Michelle Tussing will serve as a district fundraiser.Tussing is in the processing of gathering vendors for the event.

Mann updated the status of high school music teacher Tim Shook. Search for a replacement for Shook for the 2013-14 year will begin next week.The person selected will be a full-time staff member and not a substitute.

The state legislated third-grade reading guarantee has caused some headaches for the district.  The state is requiring that all third graders must pass the reading portion of the standardized test to advance to the next grade.The problem is remediation for those who do not pass.Teachers that work with these students must have a reading endorsement on their certificate.

Mann is exploring ways for staff to get the endorsement without having to pay for the education to get the endorsement.Presently, two staff members in the district have the endorsement.

Retired teacher Tim Walls was reemployed effective May 6th.

Bus driver Douglas Walter resigned effective April 12th to take other employment.

The next meeting will be May 28th at 5:30 p.m.

Scott Mann discusses a variety of topics.

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