United Elementary a School of Promise

HANOVERTON- The United Local elementary school has been recognized by the state.

School board President John Zehentbauer Wednesday night congratulated the school for being named a 2013 School of Promise by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). The award was announced earlier that day and recognized the school for closing the math and reading achievement gaps for the students.

In a letter to Principal Tina Hughes, Dr. Richard A. Ross, superintendent of public instruction, praised the school for being committed to overcoming obstacles students face and providing them with the skills they need to be successful.

“Schools like yours are blazing the way for our education system to ensure that every child, in every school, in every community in Ohio is getting the best education possible,” he said.

United Elementary is one of 141 schools across the state to earn the recognition. An official banner will be presented to display at the building.

In other business, the board hired Adam Taucher as a computer helper on an as needed basis to assist the technical department for the 1:1 laptop program and mobile laptop carts. Boardmember Sue Drotleff voted no after questioning whether Taucher had graduated yet and learning that he is a senior at United.

Additionally the board approved a new board policy permitting participation in the district’s extracurricular activities for students at nonchartered, nonpublic schools if there isn’t that activity offered there. Schools Superintendent Steve Viscounte said the policy reflects a new state mandate regarding homeschooled students being able to participate in activities in the districts in which they live. Boardmember Mike Ellyson voted no.

The board also approved a new board policy establishing guidelines on Internet access, filtering software and the use of technology to aid in the the educational and operational processes of the district regarding the 1:1 laptop program. Drotleff voted no because she said the policy is not in the format of other board policies and makes no mention of the school board. High School Principal Bill Young said that the policy was patterned after those of other districts with the program.

Also at the meeting the board accepted a donation of $325 from United Little Eagles to the high school cheerleaders and approved trip to Columbus on April 11 for band and choir to perform at Rhodes Office Tower and tour The Ohio State University football stadium and music department.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the high school.