Leetonia sees higher scores in Race to Top push

LEETONIA- Schools Superintendent Rob Mehno Monday night updated the school board on the Race to the Top initiative’s effect on the district.

Mehno told the board that the district has seen all-time highs on the local report cards issued by the state department of education each year since joining Race to the Top, improving its performance index by over five points and being commended for value added scores in the three years of the program. He did note that the graduation rate has decreased, but EMIS Director Cheryl Almy said that every school has experienced a decrease after the measurement began following students from ninth grade through graduation in four years.

In other business the board approved donations of $500 from Margaret Conrad for the Conrad Scholarship, $250 from Leetonia Eagles for the Baseball/Softball Scoreboard, $1,200 from the Columbiana County Prosecutors Office for the D.A.R.E. program, $600 from Michael Rulli for the Soccer Program, $200 from Leetonia PTO for the Jr. High Literature Fund and $50 from Diane Perkins for the Perkins/Totora Scholarship.

The board also approved donations from the Washingtonville VFW of $300 to the Baseball Supplemental Fund, $100 to the Track & Field Supplemental Fund and $100 to the Softball Supplemental Fund; from the American Legion of $200 to the Baseball Supplemental Fund, $100 to the Softball Supplemental Fund and $200 to the Track & Field Supplemental Fund; and from the Leetonia Eagles of $400 to the Baseball Supplemental Fund and $250 to the Softball Supplemental Fund.

Also at the meeting the board approved a one year lease extension to the Bears to Bee Preschool with the rental fee waived for the 2014-2015 school year. Boardmember Richard Hendricks

questioned waiving the fee and the permanence of the rental agreement, to which Mehno said the administration will evaluate prior to the next lease extension. He said currently it is renewed annually and the fee is waived because the preschool appears to be generating kindergarten enrollment.

The board also granted a paternity leave of 15 days for Matt Altomare beginning April 28, approve the Leetonia Ruritans to use the auditoria for their annual “Pizza Challenge” on Aug. 28. and approved a license agreement with NEOLA to subscribe to the Electronic Publishing Service to post policies online.