Highlights of 8/18/16 school board meeting

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Here are the highlights from the August 18, 2016 school board meeting:

  • Miami Township Police Chief Sue Madsen and Sergeant Kevin Petrocelli presented the district with a banner in honor of the 25ht anniversary of the D.A.R.E. program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). D.A.R.E. was started in Ohio in August 1991 by the Ohio Association of Police Chiefs, the Attorney General, and the Ohio Department of Education as a way to help teach young students the dangers of drug and alcohol and methods to The Miami Township Police Department has provided D.A.R.E. education to 5th graders in our Miami Township elementaries since the program began, with a great deal of success. We appreciate Miami Township’s commitment to the program and our students (and the City of Milford’s commitment to Pattison Elementary fifth graders).
  • In July, the board approved a special consultant contract for Dr. Robert Farrell from August 1 through December 31, 2016. Dr. Farrell will help with special projects as well as the transition to our new superintendent, Mrs. Nancy House. We will not be replacing the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources position at this point; Dr. Farrell, Mrs. House and other administrators will be addressing HR needs during this transition time.
  • The board approved appropriations for the 2017 Fiscal Year. Every year, Treasurer Debbie Caudle puts together a report that looks at what this year’s budget was projected to be, what last year’s actual expenditures were, and evaluates why any unusual change has taken place. This helps the board understand how projections are being used and followed in managing the financials of the district.
  • A team consisting of Associate Principal of the Success Academy Rob Hatfield, Director of Special Education Jennie Berkley, and Special Education Coordinator Todd Wells visited the Boston Day and Evening Academy as part of a KnowledgeWorks grant to study successful educational models for off-track students. They brought that knowledge back home and translated learnings to apply to a suburban model. The goal is to move from an almost all online model to a blended learning model, using computers as a tool and teachers to support students to a great extent than in the past.
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