MOUNT VERNON — A move from a number of required school days to required hours in session will have no effect on Mount Vernon city schools.
Superintendent Bill Seder, as required by state statute, talked about next school year’s switch from school days to the number of hours in session. Rather than 180 [or so] days in session, pupils in kindergarten through grade six must have 910 hours of instruction per school year and students in grades seven through 12 need 1,001 hours of instruction, which Mount Vernon already exceeds. He said the allowance for calamity days has been eliminated but staff inservice and professional development days remain as is. It is expected that a 2014-15 school year calendar will be available for review at the Feb. 24 board meeting.
Wiggin Street Elementary School was featured Monday during the Mount Vernon Board of Education meeting.
Parent volunteer Ann Burky was presented with the Wiggin Street Behind the Scenes Award for helping with “whatever needs to be done.” Second-grade teacher Heather Waugh and third-grade teacher Eileen Eilbacher gave a presentation about the school’s ongoing environmental initiative, which currently focuses on recycling lunchroom materials. They described how the initiative fits into Common Core curriculum standards and said the amount of trash being thrown away each week is down by two-thirds. The third grade class is taking the lead in the recycling program and is assisted by volunteers, including Kenyon students.
While the matter was not discussed at length, board member Steve Thompson proposed the board look into the financial ramifications and other pros and cons of perhaps switching from the Ohio Capital Conference to the Ohio Cardinal Conference.
With regard to personnel, the board accepted a letter of resignation from intervention specialist Kellye Krebs, retroactively effective Dec. 13. It also added to the classified and certified substitute lists, approved committee assignments and established the annual compensation for committee members.
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