Board Connection – February 10, 2014

HCS_circleThe Hilliard City Schools’ Board of Education met during a regular meeting on Monday, February 10, 2014. The following highlights some of the major items discussed and decided. For additional information about the board, visit the district’s website at www.hilliardschools.org.

 

Consent Agenda Items

Personnel

Congratulations to the following staff members who are retiring:

  • Thomas Bagley, maintenance department who has been with Hilliard City Schools since June 1997
  • Linnet Knight, social studies teacher at Memorial Middle School who has been with Hilliard City Schools since November 1984;
  • Mark Princehorn, athletic director at Hilliard Davidson High School who has been with Hilliard City Schools since August of 1999;
  • Dora Camille Passante Bates, director of School Age Child Care who has been with Hilliard City Schools since September 1989;
  • Linda Sheehe, media specialist at Hilliard Tharp Sixth Grade School who has been with Hilliard City Schools since August 2001; and,
  • Linda Trudeau, special education teacher at the Hilliard Preschool who has been with Hilliard City Schools since August 1994.

Action Agenda Items

 Adoption of Policy Revisions

The board held a third reading of 13 different policies that were being considered for revision. The policies were unanimously approved. These policies are:

  • CBA – Qualifications and Duties of the Superintendent;
  • DI – Fiscal Accounting and Reporting;
  • DID – Inventories (Fixed Assets);
  • DJG – Vendors (Beginning Band/Orchestra Instruments);
  • EEA – Student Transportation Services;
  • EEAA – Walkers and Riders;
  • EEAC – School Bus Safety Program;
  • EEACD-R – Drug Testing for District Personnel Required to hold a Commercial Driver’s License;
  • GCBC-R – Professional and Certificated Staff Fringe Benefits;
  • GCD – Professional Staff Hiring;
  • IGBEA-R – Reading Skills Assessments and Interventions (Third Grade Reading Guarantee);
  • IKE – Promotion and Retention of Students; and,
  • JECBA – Admission of Exchange Students.

You may view the specific changes to each policy on the district’s website at www.hilliardschools.org/wp-content/uploads/Policy-Rec-to-BOE_3rd-Read-Adopt_2014-02-10.pdf.

Reports and Information

 Enrollment Report

Superintendent’s Report

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

  • Blizzard Bag Update – The district used its first alternate make-up or “blizzard bag” plan on Wednesday, February 5 and Marschhausen updated the board as to how the process worked. Overall things went very well. The district had more than 72,000 unique page views for its website, 2,745 users on eCampus and additional services such as Google Apps for Education were used as well. While there were a few hiccups along the way, many parents were pleased that students had school work to help “keep them busy” on their sixth day away from school during this unusual winter season. For additional information on blizzard bags, check out messages to parents from Marschhausen online at www.hilliardschools.org/message-to-parents-from-superintendent-john-marschhausen/ and www.hilliardschools.org/parent-message-blizzard-bags-reminder/.
  • Calamity Day Testing Window Update – With the unusually cold temperatures this winter season, Hilliard City Schools and many other school districts across the state have had to use a higher number of calamity days than normal. Marschhausen is concerned about the implication this may have with spring state tests, particularly the Ohio Achievement Tests for grades three-eight. Board of Education President Andy Teater, Hilliard Education Association President Mary Kennedy and Marschhausen sent a letter to Governor Kasich and several members of the Ohio Legislature asking that the window schools have to give the mandated tests to student be extended by an additional two weeks to allow more time for student learning to take place.
  • Right to Read Week – Marschhausen announced at the meeting that Ohio Superintendent Richard Ross, Ph.D., and representatives from the National Education Association (NEA) will each visit elementary schools in the district during “Right to Read Week.” This annual celebration that focuses on the importance of reading will take place March 3-7.
  • Twitter Connection – Marschhausen announced that Hilliard City Schools would host its first Twitter Connection following the board meeting from 7:30-8:30 p.m. To join the conversation, residents simply logged in to Twitter and sent comments or questions to the discussion using #AskHCS. The first session focused on innovation in Hilliard City Schools and additional sessions are expected to be announced in the near future.