County ESC gets state report card overview

LISBON — The numbers have been released and several schools boards have met already to talk about them, but members of the Educational Service Center (ESC) got an overview of the state report card for all the schools in the county on Tuesday.

Marie Williams, the ESC director of teaching and learning, created some spreadsheets for the board which break down the numbers from the area results. For instance, while many of the schools failed to meet the 80 percent mark needed to gain points on the report card, Williams noted all the tests where the schools showed improvement.

Out of 23 tests taken, the 11 schools she studied in the county improved their scores in at least 10 of those tests. Columbiana and Crestview led the way making improvements in 19 tests, followed by East Palestine (17); United (16); Wellsville, Lisbon, and East Liverpool (15); Beaver Local (14); Salem (13); Southern (12) and Leetonia (10).

Her numbers also showed that a number of the county schools’ test scores were above the state average in many areas. Both Columbiana and Crestview had 100 percent of their scores coming in above the state average, followed by United (91 percent); Beaver Local (82 percent); Lisbon and Salem (61 percent); East Palestine (57 percent); Leetonia (48 percent); and Southern and Wellsville (43 percent). Only East Liverpool failed to score above the state average on a single test.

Williams said overall she is pleased so many of the local schools are scoring higher than the state average in a lot of areas and are showing improvement.

After Williams’ presentation, Superintendent Anna Marie Vaughn talked about the test and how poorly students across the state seemed to have performed. Vaughn said she has heard there are members of the State Board of Education already suggesting they may need to look at something different again.

“So many districts received F’s across the state,” Vaughn said, “and they are having a hard time explaining that when there are a lot of school districts doing a lot of good work.”

In other matters the board at its meeting last week:

— Formed the Business Advisory Council through the ESC for all the school districts with a service agreement with them. The Business Advisory Council will help advise the schools in developing curriculum to instill employment skills and look at changes to the economy and job market as well as what types of jobs will likely be available. Additionally, the Business Advisory Council will promote schools, businesses and labor organizations to develop working relationships to aid students.

Several local schools have voted to join the council, which is a new mandate by the state.

— Approved entering in a contract with Edison Local Schools to provide services for this school year.

— Entered into a lease agreement with county commissioners to utilize the Juvenile Court Center.

— Voted to employ online teachers Matt Mowery, math; Erica Flowers, English; Ann Cooper, science; Jeremy McElroy, social studies; Jill Sylvies, heath and physical education; and Mary Rice, consumer science.

— Approved Vickie Bock as a substitute nurse at Beaver Local, Meledy Dawson to provide home instruction, Dana Faudree as an occupational therapist, Kim Cole as a certified occupational therapist assistant, and Traci Patterson,who has changed from HR coordinator to the CCEOC school and family liaison.

— Voted not to renew Mandy Cowdery as the nurse at the East Liverpool Christian School; to employ Laura Paxon as a substitute classroom assistant, Cindy McCombs as a bus driver, Cheyenne Surgenavic, Donna Stewart and Rebecca Roller as bus aides; Tab Bailey as a substitute bus driver and Tita Lockhart as a substitute bus aide.

— Approved Richard Clay McCullough as a Project Inspire intern.

— Approved consignment agreements for the Reach For the STARS gift shop with Debra A. Strickland, Vicky Boyd, Paul DiRocco and Glenda Gano.