HOWARD — Things are moving right along as the East Knox board of education approved an architect service to start working on the design for the new grades 6-12 building.

During a special meeting last week, the board interviewed two different architect firms, Legat Architect, based out of Columbus and Fanning Howey, based out of Dublin. The board agreed to negotiate an agreement with Fanning Howey to complete designs for the new building.

Steve Larcomb, superintendent, met with the firm and started discussions about the plans for the new building.

“It was a very good meeting,” Larcomb said. “So we hope to have the basics of an outline within the next month.”

In the same thread, the board agreed to start a competitive bid process to build a new storage shed. The shed will be used to house resources and supplies not going into the modular homes during the process of constructing the new middle/high school building. It will also serve to replace some existing sheds.

The board also heard from the school’s district leadership team, which consist of various teachers to help interpret the school’s report cards and work on ways to improve. JoAnn Buckingham, 6th grade science, Melissa Moreland, 6th grade reading, and Miranda Brennamen, 4th grade social studies, were the members of the team that presented a powerpoint to the board, going into details about the report card’s scores and what it means for the district.

They went over the overall goals for the district and the strategies to get there. The overall goal is to get all student quintiles and subgroups to meet or exceed one year school growth as measured by states tests. This is done by implementing the state requirements for the different grade levels in areas such as math and language arts.

“So basically, that’s just making all teachers accountable,” Buckingham said. “That they’re making growth in all of their students and that they’re making student achievement.”

Also on the agenda, the board:

•Approved the contract with Knox County Health Department for nursing services for the next semester for $31,160, paid from the Student Wellness and Success funds.

•Approved an agreement with Meeder Investments for the management of district operating and project funds.

•Approved the creations of the following accounts: The Building Fund – 2019 Bond Issue for all financial transactions for the bond issue and the Bond Retirement Fund.

•Set the organizational and budget meeting for Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. Matt Schwarts will be the president pro tempore.

•Approved various donations, personnel, and donations.

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