Board Connection – December 9, 2013 Meeting

HCS_circleThe Hilliard City Schools’ Board of Education met during a regular meeting on Monday, December 9, 2013. The following highlights some of the major items discussed and decided. For additional information about the board, visit the district’s website at

Recognition and Program

Media Exploration

Weaver Middle School students shared experiences from their Media Explorations class and its connection to Ohio’s new Language Arts learning standards and 21st century skills. The students worked in a collaborative fashion to create digital projects such as public service announcements, fables and video projects that required them to think critically about how to best communicate their intended message.

The projects address several objectives of the district’s Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) including:

  • Student success will increase through rigorous curriculum design, instructional best practices and purposeful environments that maximize learner autonomy and the capacity to thrive in the 21st century;
  • Student learning will be driven by diverse curricular options, using Ohio’s new learning standards as a framework to promote deeper understanding and skill development;
  • Teachers increasing their understanding of Ohio’s new learning standards;
  • Implement Ohio’s new learning standards through the development of instructional units; and,
  • All content area teachers in grades six-12 will implement the literacy standards of Ohio’s new learning standards.

Community Survey Results

Paul Fallon with Fallon Research and Communications shared data from a recent community survey. The survey was conducted via land and cellular phones to more than 400 registered voters within the Hilliard City School District. Some of the highlights from the responses include:

  • 67 percent feel that Hilliard City Schools is moving in the right directions;
  • 86 percent rate the quality of education in Hilliard Schools as good or very good;
  • 45 percent rate the job Hilliard City Schools has done spending its money in an effective and responsible manner as good or very good;
  • 49 percent felt that the district should put more emphasis on preparing students for college, offering advance course work and maximizing student learning opportunities;
  • 67 percent feel the district has done a very good or good job of ensuring the safety and security of students; and,
  • 62 percent of respondents did not have children in schools at this time.

Action Agenda Items

  • Personnel

Congratulations to the following staff members who are retiring:

  • William Carter in the Maintenance Department who has been with Hilliard City Schools since December 2001;
  • Donna Martin, custodian who has been with Hilliard City Schools since July 2009; and,
  • Elmo Curry, custodian who has been with Hilliard City Schools since August 1994.


  • Acceptance of Donations

Superintendent John Marschhausen, Ph.D. recommended that the board authorize Director of Business Jeff Franklin to accept into inventory more than 21 different donations from educational and community groups and individuals. Some of the donations include:

  • Seven grants from the Hilliard Education Foundation totaling more than $17,000 for various technology tools and equipment to be used in classrooms across the district;
  • Six PTO donations valuing more than $17,000 for various technology tools such as Elmo cameras and Apple iPad Mini’s;
  • Three donations for $200 to each of the three middle schools from the North West Franklin County Historical Society for eighth grades students learning about American Government in Washington D.C.;
  • Two donations from the Hilliard Music Boosters totaling more than $1,000 for technology enhancements at Hoffman Trails Elementary School; and,
  • Three additional individual donations from Donors Choose Grant, a parent and Windows.
  • Revisions to the 2014-15 school year calendar

Superintendent John Marschhausen, Ph.D. recommended that the board approve revisions to the 2014-15 school year calendar. The changes include the removal of five two-hour late start days and the addition of two Professional Development Waiver Days on November 4, 2014 and February 17, 2015. The updated 2014-15 school year calendar is available on the district’s website at

  • Organizational Meeting and President Pro Tem

The board set the date, time and location for their 2014 Organizational Meeting. During this meeting the board establishes officers, meetings, committees and other annual business that is required by law. Current Board of Education member Heather Keck will serve as President Pro Tem during the meeting on Monday, January 13 at 6:45 p.m. at Ridgewood Elementary School.

Reports and Information

  • Enrollment

The board received a student enrollment report for each school and grade in the district. Currently, Hilliard City Schools is supporting 15,882 students and is the ninth largest school district in Ohio.

  • Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent John Marschhausen, Ph.D. updated the board on several initiatives throughout the district including:

  • Commenting on the very positive results from the recent community survey and the significant pride the community has in its schools. Also the great value that these results and sentiments provide to area residents.
  • Marschhausen recently hosted his second round of Coffee Connections and engaged with several community members about individual issues.
  • The Policy Review committee will review the changes to the superintendent’s evaluation policy as part of the board’s goal setting initiative for Marschhausen’s evaluation. Once the committee reviews the proposed changes it will be brought to the full board for three public readings and approval.
  • Marschhausen presented an update on the Technology Task Force initiative announced at the State of the Schools address. Meetings with the student and community groups are wrapping up and staff members continue to visit other schools in Ohio that have implemented some of the ideas these groups are exploring. The district will bring all three groups together early next year for additional conversation around the topic of what devices and technology systems should be used in Hilliard Schools’ classrooms.