NLBOE Hears iReady Report

By Lynne Phillips
News Editor

Amanda Accavallo, a principal and curriculum director in the New London Local School District gave a report on iReady to members of the board of education during Monday night’s meeting.

She told the board the iReady program charts the academic growth of elementary and middle grade students.

“This is the third year the district has used iReady,” she stated. She told the board previously iReady used the typical growth model where every student in every grade level had the typical growth for that particular grade level and it was pretty standardized. If you were in fourth grade you were expected to have the typical growth. The growth was set by looking at students across the nation using iReady. What they are doing this year is they are not only setting typical growth they are setting a second growth model of where that student could potentially be.

Looking at student growth, Accavallo shared, students take an adaptive test three times each year, at the beginning of the year, mid-year and end of year. “Each test is a dipstick in the year to see where they are and how they are progressing.

“Those assessments generate a lesson plan pack for each student,” she said. “Based on how they do it takes their needs into consideration and provides instruction on how they are doing and their strengths and weaknesses. Our highest students are getting instruction at their level and the lower students are getting instruction on what they need.

“It has helped our staff identify needs of students in their actual classes. They are then able to tailor group instruction to those needs.”

Using data from the previous year she said 52 percent of our students were on level in the fall and 68 percent on level in the second assessment. Our average scale score was a 500 and then moved up to 521. We have moved more students to at or above level and have fewer students that are one year behind and fewer students who are more than two years behind.

“Teachers will have this information in order to make better classroom decisions. Administrators also have access to the information to work with teachers to assess those needs and target needed areas.”

As part of the treasurer’s report Jim Hudson told the board the district has earned $7,394.14 in interest for the month of July. “This is a 10.7 percent increase over June. We have seen a monthly increase of 10.2 percent January through July 2018,” he stated. “The district has earned $41,542 so far this year.” He added, “That surpasses 2017’s total of $34,174. Right now we are $7,300 more than what we brought in last year.

Hudson attributed the growth to the district’s higher cash balance and the market in general is doing extremely well. He noted STAR Ohio has begun a program called STAR Plus which allows entities to invest up to one and a half million dollars at a higher interest rate. “I have been doing that for the last two months which has contributed to a higher yield.”

Included in the treasurer report were:

- Then and Now(s) for North Point Educational Service Center $2,364.60, New London Utilities 41,937.82, Hylant Insurance $46,159, Epiphany $10,000, Strategic Solutions $3,685 and Pepple and Waggoner 44,935.50.

- Recertification for University Hospital Occupational Health $345.

- A one year renewal contract with Julian and Grube, Inc. for GAAP Audit Services for fiscal year 2017-18 audit year.

The following personnel recommendations were approved:

- OTES Evaluators Brad Romano, Melissa Vorhies, Amanda Accavallo, Chris Dulka and Eric Yetter.

- Resident Educator Mentors Allison Yetter, Heather VanderBroek, Dawn Luedy, Julie Cordonnier and Keith Landis.

- Volunteer coaches Joe Thomas for volleyball and Ian McCully for color guard.

- Supplemental contracts for Lisa Carbone for fall color guard and David Gentry as head varsity baseball coach.

- A one year non-paid leave of absence for Emma Cramer for the 2018-2019 school year.

The following operational actions were approved:

- Bus routes for the 2018-2019 academic year with adjustments as needed.

- An agreement with the Wood County Educational Service Center for the educational program at the Juvenile Residential Center of Northwest Ohio at varying rates dependent on placement on an as needed basis.

- The appointment of Domenic Maiani as a delegate to the Capital Conference, Nov. 11-13 and the Ohio School Boards Association annual meeting Nov. 11, 2018.

- A $15 technology fee for students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade for 2018-2019 school year.

- A memorandum of understanding with Family Life Counseling for clinic counseling services for the 2018-2019 school year.

- The 1:1 digital learning/technology handbook for the 2018-2019 school year.

- The equipment disposal of Chromebooks.

Board members adjourned their regular meeting for a closed door meeting for the purpose of preparing for conducting or reviewing negotiations or bargaining sessions with employees concerning their compensation or other terms and conditions of their employment.

There was no action taken following the executive session.

The New London Board of Education meets regularly on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the board office in the conference room.

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