New Castle News

November 13, 2013

Mohawk board approves plan

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Mohawk School board this week unanimously approved the district’s comprehensive plan.

“This plan shows the state where we are headed,” said assistant superintendent Lorree Houk. “It outlines our educational goals and what we are doing to accomplish them.”

She said the three-year plan goes into effect July 1 and ends June 30, 2017.

 Houk said districts must update their plans every three years, outlining changes they are making and how they are working with teachers and curriculum to reach goals.

The plan focuses on school performance profiles, education standards, attendance and graduation rates.

“These are measures of our success,” Houk said.

The board also:

•Named board member Jonathan Laughner as its treasurer. He will replaces David Spear who did seek re-election.

•Accepted the resignation of elementary paraprofessional Daniel Basso who left to take a teaching position.

•Hired Jeniffer Santiago to replace Basso as an elementary Title 1 paraprofessional.

•Contracted with Austintown Fence to install a chain-link fence around the elementary school playground for $19,850.

•Authorized family leave for second-grade teacher Cortney Redmond from Jan. 20 through May 19.

•Approved its contract with the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV to continue membership in the life insurance consortium through June 30, 2016.

•Extended the contract with the intermediate unit to oversee the Individual Disability Educational Act program, which provides federal funds to the district for special education programs.

•Named business manager/board secretary Janet Crum and alternate Deborah Hodge as delegates to the Lawrence County Tax Collector Committee.

•Extended leave for kindergarten teacher Candice Imbrogno through the second semester. She had been on leave for the first semester.

•Added to the list of daily substitute teachers Kara Kendall, Cynthia Monaco and Stefanie Shank. All three are certified to teach kindergarten through grade 6. Kendall is also certified to teach special education and English as a second language, and Shank is additionally certified to teach Spanish. Emergency certified substitutes Autumn Cvetich, Derek Morrow, Arthur Stewart and Andre Wehner and school nurse Amber Gebhart also were approved. Board president Ted Morrow abstained from voting on the substitutes.

•Authorized two students to compete individually, representing their schools in sports now offered by the district. They are senior McKenzie Stetler who is a diver, and Joelle Bromley, an independent swimmer.