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Lisbon Schools enabling students to close the gap

LISBON — The village school district has put a plan in place to ensure students are ready to begin next school year caught up and on track for success.

During Thursday’s school board meeting, superintendent Joe Siefke announced the district’s plan for credit deficiencies, alternative programs and summer school programs.

Gov. Mike DeWine ordered school districts to come up with a plan to address the loss of learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by April 1. The district decided that part of the plan will involve an extended school year which Jefferson County Educational Service Center will supply the curriculum for, according to Siefke.

The board voted to approve the district entering into a contract with Jefferson County ESC for use of their online content that will be used with Virtual Classroom. Siefke said the addition of the virtual program will help close the educational gap that many students experienced over the last year.

In addition, students can take electives through the program that are not offered through the district. Siefke said that the high school used to offer Mandarin Chinese as an elective, and with the program, that elective will be made available to students once again.

“It’s not only going to help us with closing the gap, but it’s going to provide our students with opportunities,” he said

The district’s first staff hire of the 2021-2022 school year– David Anderson High School alumna Alexa Bell as a new intervention specialist — also aides the district in closing the gap. Siefke said that special education is a crucial concern for the district at this time and Bell’s addition to the staff will ensure those students’ success after a rocky year.

“You start thinking about the gap and where those students are and where they’ll be after the summer, and we need to make sure we have great people working with our students with disabilities. Alexa will do fantastic,” Siefke said.

In other matters, the board approved:

— The second and final reading of several NEOLA policies.

— A three -year administrative contract to Lynne R. Beech as the special education coordinator effective Aug. 1, 2021 through July 31, 2024.

— The one-year classified contracts for: Brian Clapsaddle, high school custodian and Nadie Kale, preschool aide, effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

— The two-year classified contracts for: McKinley Elementary custodians Kyle Davison, Brian Lowther and David Haught; high school custodian Adalee Moore; McKinley cafeteria workers Jody Graham and Deona Lange; Bus drivers Bruce K. Leake, Matthew Phillips and Glenna Rader; Instructional aide Linsey Peterson; McKinley secretary Lisa McCoy, effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023.

— The one-year limited certified contracts for: Music director Robert Bacha; Middle school teacher Carlie Beech; Title I teachers Molly Rodgers and Rebecca Cuff; Preschool teacher Sara Harris; Intervention specialist Natalie Vantilburg.

— The two-year limited certified contracts for: Kindergarten teachers Kristen M. Young, Amanda J. Smith; Intervention specialist Lauren N. Glenn; High school language arts teacher Michael J. Miller; High school math teacher Jordan Wrask; Middle school teacher Madilyn Wrask.

— A donation of $500 from Lisbon Eagles for track and field jerseys.

lnickel@mojonews.com

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