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West Liberty-Salem reacts to new state evaluation system (Audio included)

The West Liberty-Salem Board of Education conducted their monthly meeting Tuesday night. Highlighting the agenda was Superintendent Kraig Hissong updating the board on the state’s new process of evaluating district performance.

Hissong explained that the “Excellence with Distinction” rating the district received last year has been replaced with a letter grade system. For the 2013-14 the district will receive 6 letter grades. No overall grade will be given. Levels of standards that must be met in student performance have been raised. The system will take two years to be completely in place. An overall grade will not be available until after the 2014-15 school year. Any sanctions that may be levied for low grades won’t begin until the 2015-16 school year. Hissong hasn’t studied the system closely yet but his first impression is that the district will do whatever is necessary to maintain their high level of performance.

The district has begun discussing the next steps now that the Ohio School Facilities Commission bond levy was approved on August 6th. Hissong indicated if the preliminary financial steps and blueprint creation goes smoothly, construction would begin next summer.

Students begin classes on Wednesday, August 21st. Open house was Monday night. Principals Johnson, Hollar, and Hohlbein shared with the board that they are excited about the new staff and the entire staff efforts with in-service.

The board accepted the resignation of Sally Engle from her supplemental position of ½ time elementary vocal music and approved the hiring of Bethany Smucker to replace her.

A portion of the football field’s visiting bleachers are being rented from the Logan County Fairgrounds at a cost of $1,000 for the season. It would cost $4,000 to repair the bleachers.

The board will next meet on September 17th at 7:00 p.m.

Kraig Hissong discusses several topics.

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