Leetonia commended for adding value

LEETONIA- Schools Superintendent Rob Mehno Monday night commended students, staff and the community for recent results on the preliminary local report card from the Ohio Department of Education.

At the regular board meeting, Mehno reported that the district has ranked in the top 100 districts for value added for the second year in a row, coming in at 85 of 814. The district was ranked 93 out of 548 for gifted ranking, as well, making it the only district in Columbiana County to rank in the top 100 in both categories.

Mehno also reported that the district has continued to improve its Performance Index, earning a district high 98.2, an increase of 6.6 points over the past four years, and will be recognized by the P16 council for the second year in a row for receiving an A for overall value added. “It’s a testament to a dedicated teaching staff, classified staff.”

Mehno noted that there are still some areas that need improvement, such as the four-year graduation rate.

In other business the board granted supplemental contracts for the 2013-2014 school year to Cleone Smith for National Honor Society, Lori Deem for softball head coach, Bill Knight for track head coach and James Green for baseball head coach. The board also accepted donations to the football supplemental fund of $125 from Michael Henderson and family and $225 from the Ohio State Eagles charity fund.

Also at the meeting, the board recognized students Kayla Jackson, Sash Davis and Ethan Rulli who were invited to participate in the Western Reserve Academy’s math and science camp in Hudson this past summer. The students recounted their activities at the three-week camp.

Additionally a concerned parent expressed disappointment the amount of playing time members of the junior high football team are getting, and suggested the problem exists in all sports. Board President Kurt Jennings indicated that the administration has been working on ways to make sure all the players are getting a chance to play.

and told the parent that the board will consider ways to be better in monitoring coaching staffs.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in Room 20 of the K-12 campus.