South Range superintendent says district making progress

BEAVER TWP. – The South Range school district is making strides in student performance, even if not reflected in its local report card, according to schools Superintendent Dennis Dunham.

At the regular school board meeting Monday night, Dunham reported that the district met 24 of 24 indicators and earned a performance index of 105.9 while 73 percent of the students are performing above proficient including 36.9 percent accelerated and 36.5 percent advanced.

However, the district received a failing grade for value added, the same category with which the district has struggled the past few years, dropping the district from an excellent to effective rating under the previous report card system.

But Dunham said despite the failing grade, the district is making gains in the category and seeing a difference from recent years.

“We’re committed to work hard,” he explained. “We’ve spent an incredible, incredible amount of time on data, work- hard work- in areas that need improvement.”

Dunham also reported on the pedestrian tunnel and turning lanes the Ohio Department of Transportation is installing at the K-12 campus/sports complex entrances on state Route 46, noting the tunnel is in place and structurally sound, with guardrails and lighting expected in the next month. The turning lane is currently under way and the entrance should be open in the next couple weeks, he said.

The project is being completed by ODOT at no cost to the district, as is the new parking lot at the sports complex, being fund by the South Range School Foundation, Dunham reminded the public.

In other business the board introduced senior Krista Murray as student representative to the board. The board also granted a supplemental contract to Joyce Stoffer as assistant cross country coach for 2013-2014; hired Joey Phillips as a cafeteria student helper; approved Rose Balog as a part-time cafeteria and part-time bus aide; approved Brandi Kemmer and Rebecca Coburn as part-time bus aides; granted a one-year, part-time classified food service contract to Patty Burns; and granted a two-year, part-time classified employee contract to Karla Baer, Stephanie Coleman, MaryLou Crank, Lisa Ketterer, Sue Molnar and Karrie Taylor.

A Citizens for South Range Schools informational levy campaign meeting is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in the K-12 auditorium. Campaign chairpersons and school officials will be on hand to answer questions about the school’s proposed 4.8-mill, 10-year levy on the November ballot.

The next regular board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the K-12 campus.