|Jennings '13 graduates surpass state ACT benchmark|
|Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:02 AM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
FORT JENNINGS — School board officials met for their monthly meeting Wednesday night and discussed improved student achievement on the ACT (American College Testing) College Readiness Testing, approved new advisors and an additional fifth-grade teacher and announced upcoming marching band performances.
Principal Nicholas Langhals shared an ACT College Readiness Letter with council which reflected the achievements of the 2013 graduating class and included a percentile comparison of their scores in four college-level courses verses state averages. Jennings students ranked in these percentiles: 87 in College English and Composition (benchmark, 71 percent); 83 in College Algebra (49); 60 in College Social Studies (51); and 70 in College Biology. Since 2009, Ft. Jennings graduating classes have increased their average ACT scores from 22, with a state average at 21.7, to 23.7 in 2013, where 21.8 was the state average.
In new business, board members recommended and approved Heather Harmon as the new Yearbook Advisor and Kevin Horstman in the position of Math Competition Team Advisor for the 2013/14 school year. Also, council approved hiring Melissa Sukup as the new fifth-grade teacher. Board President Karl Schimmoeller said an additional teacher was needed due to the extra students enrolled and allows splitting up the students in the grade school.
Other items approved by board members included: A la carte items in the cafeteria; an agreement to pay $60 per day for students at the Wood County Juvenile Detention Center and $55 per day for students in long-term care at the Juvenile Residential Center of Northwest Ohio; tentative bus routes for the 2013-14 school year; and the resolution to join OSBA Workers Compensation Group, which is a normal yearly membership.
In the High School Report, Dean of Students Todd Hoehn announced the high school marching band will be performing at the Ottoville Park Carnival Sept. 1, Kalida Pioneer Days Sept. 2 and Allen East Band Show on Sept. 14. In addition, students will begin their Magazine Fundraiser on Sept. 6.
“It’s a fundraiser with prizes,” Hoehn said. “It benefits the Principal’s Fund.”
Elementary Principal Kathy Verhoff said that the first day of school went smoothly and “It was a fabulous day.” Verhoff reported that yearly school pictures will be taken on Sept. 11.
Langhals gave an update on Race to the Top.
“We have completed all the paperwork from last year,” he detailed. “We are entering our fourth and last year.”
Board members accepted a donation of $50.00 from the Hoffman family for books in memory of Alan Schroeder.
• The raises for the certificated and classified employees was a .75-percent raise the first year and a .50-percent raise in years two and three.
The next monthly school board meeting will be held in the school’s library at 7:30 p.m. on September 18.