|Wolfe praises district working through challenging times|
|Friday, February 07, 2014 9:16 PM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
DELPHOS — Delphos Public School Superintendent Kevin Wolfe has been at the helm since August and reports that everything has been good.
“We have a great community, staff and student body,” Wolfe said. “Everybody has been working diligently to keep up with all the challenges.”
He said this winter has been the biggest challenge for the district, as well as for many other districts in the region.
“We can’t keep cutting hours and canceling days,” Wolfe stated. “The wind chills we have experienced are at dangerous levels.”
Wolfe said the biggest challenge is the constant influx of changes from the Ohio Department of Education. For example, Ohio’s new system for evaluating teachers, the Ohio’s Teacher Evaluation System (OTES), which provides educators with a detailed view of their performance, focusing on specific strengths and opportunities for improvement. Each teacher will be evaluated according to Ohio Revised Code and the Evaluation Framework, which is aligned with the Standards for the Teaching Profession adopted under state law.
“Everyone is working really hard to keep up with all the challenges and changes in curriculum, state testing models and school district report cards,” Wolfe said. “Report cards will be reported by letter grade rather than by a designation of Excellent with Distinction, for example.”
Wolfe said it’s the nature of the beast and more changes are coming down the pipe in the near future.
“Graduation criteria will be changing and there will be other options for educational opportunities,” Wolfe said.
In addition, he said the district’s infrastructure needs to be ready in the spring for the PARCC Field Test. The test will be administered to over one million students across PARCC states and is serving as a “trial run” mirroring those that will be used in the first PARCC administration in 2014-15 school year.
“Delphos is a great town with a great community,” Wolfe said. “We have a great school district.”
Wolfe is a 1988 graduate of Van Buren High School and holds a Bachelors of Art from Findlay University in Comprehensive Social Studies Education, received his Superintendent License in 2011 and has served as principal at Ayersville Local Schools (grades 7-12), assistant principal Sidney City Schools and teacher, Attendance Officer and Associate Athletic Director Kenton City Schools. Wolfe and his wife Brenda have three children, Amanda, Lucas and Troy.