ELIDA — During Tuesday’s meeting of the Elida Board of Education, Superintendent Don Diglia took a moment to tell the board about the legislation concerning teacher evaluations.
“As you are aware, one of the issues we will be dealing with this year is the new teacher evaluations system,” he said. “The fact that the law that addresses teacher evaluation is in two different pieces, House Bill 153 and Senate Bill 316, does confuse things a bit. We currently have a bargaining agreement that is in effect until September 24, 2014 and we will concentrate on House Bill 153.”
With the new teacher and principal evaluations, student growth will account for 50 percent and the other 50 percent will be based on teacher performance. New ratings are Accomplished, Proficient, Developing or Ineffective.
“To further complicate things, we are also a part of Race to the Top, which could move us up a year in the implementation, but I believe we should take it one step at a time and first deal with House Bill 153. The bill clearly requires the district to adopt a standards-based teacher evaluation policy by July 1 and it must conform to the framework for evaluations of teachers developed by the State Board of Education and the district must consult with teachers before adopting the policy.”
During the remainder of the meeting, the board voted to support Apollo Career Center in its pursuit of a $1-mil bond and tax levy at the Nov. 6 election for the purpose of improving, expanding and renovating the campus to take advantage of Ohio School Facilities funds and meet the needs of 21st-century learning.
Students of the month for October are as follows: Elida Elementary-Ariel Benton, Aidan Graham, Kylie Swallow; Elida Middle School-Whiteney Arseneau, Madison Coulter, Riley Creps, Samantha Finnerty; Elida High School-Clark Etzler, Alaina Jenkins, Megan McDonald.
The board approved the resignation of Penny Welenken, bus driver, effective Dec. 31 for retirement purposes.
The following personnel were approved for employment: Non-certified- Rebecca Hamilton and Tina Winget (substitute cooks) and Shane Sandlin (substitute custodian); Substitute Teachers- Michael McLaughlin, Corey Moody, Angela Hesseling, Kellie Crist, Emily Kerber, Bridget Erdman, Mandy Henderson, Rachael Langhals, Michael Mays, Christine Miller, Melody Kearns, Brian Gephart, Kelsey Greeley, Sherry Kahle and Emily Brodman.