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Harrison Hills reviews expectations

August 29, 2013
By ROBERT A. DEFRANK - Special to the Herald-Star , The Herald-Star

CADIZ - School has started in the Harrison Hills City School District, and the board held its monthly meeting Wednesday to review expectations for the year.

Administrative assistant Duran Morgan reported on the status of special education students. Preliminary numbers show 92 students at the junior/senior high school, 37 at Harrison East Elementary and 31 at Harrison North Elementary.

He added curriculum supplemental materials are secured for the year, covering elementary reading and math programs and math and science textbooks for junior and senior high students.

Staff and administration have enrolled in state support team sessions focusing on issues such as planning and writing. Plans are under way for additional iPad training for the faculty.

District Director Mark Kowalski reported starting the year with 19 regular bus routes, including 17 regular routes and two handicapped routes. Preschool started on Monday, and due to the numbers, a fourth route will likely be added Tuesday. Last year 14 children were transported and 27 children will be transported this year, Kowalski said.

He also reported ceiling and restripping work on the buildings, with some patching to be completed at Harrison North. Concrete has been re-worked at Harrison East, and electricity upgrades have been completed in all buildings.

In other business, new menus are in place in the district, with healthier options available, according to administrators. As a result, the district will gain reimbursement of six cents through the National School Lunch Program to offset increased costs of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

In other business, the board:

Approved Julia Carman and Cathy Salsberry as Home Bound tutors for the 2013-14 school year and confirmed the assignment of Melanie Beeson, sixth grade, Harrison North; Jessica Nign, pre-school handicapped, Harrison East; Franci Doty, first grade, Harrison East; and Ashleigh Johnson, kindergarten, Harrison North.

Approved Melissa Owens as a fourth-grade teacher at Harrison East effective Aug. 23.

Approved Heather Reed for medical leave of absence for the 2013-14 school year.

Approved Nicholas Bickar, Amy Shaw, Jessica Bennett, Michelle Sheets and Cayla Paboucek as substitute teacher/tutors for the 2013-14 school year, and Jacelyn Shaw as nurse.

Approved Lisa McAfee as OVLA grades first through third supplemental, and Michele Huston OVLA grades fourth through eighth supplemental.

Approved Deb and Walt Hawthorne, Lois Wright, Dara Raber, Kathy Wallace, Theresa McCombs, Billie Harding, Eric Sheets, Darlene Huebner, Debbie Ingram, Dana Ritchie, Kris Puskarich, Teri Mizer and Tim Mizer as band chaperones for the 2013-14 school year.

Approved Jessica Bennett as a second-grade teacher at Harrison East, effective today.

Approved Lisa Trushel, as Help Me Grow central intake coordinator, effective Tuesday, and Lindsay Ludwig, home visitor for Help Me Grow, dependent on state funding.

Approved the inclusion of numerous groups into the district's liability policy, including the Harrison Central Diamond Club, the Huskies, HCHS Volleyball Parents, Harrison Central Soccer Parents Club, Harrison Central Band Boosters, Huskies Football Parents Club and Harrison Central Lady Huskies Basketball Parents.

Approved a request from FFA adviser Don Jones to take five trips. These include Greenhand Camp at Camp Muskingum, Sept. 29-10; 25 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Oct. 30 through Nov. 2; National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky., Feb. 14-15; Made for Excellence Conference at Union Local High School Feb. 22-23; and state FFA convention in Columbus April 30 through May 1.

Approved JS Viking Football using the field/concession stand at Harrison North on Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29 and Oct. 5, 6, 13 and 20.

Approved Cadiz Biddy Football using the field and concession stand at the junior/senior high school Sept. 1 through Oct. 20.

Approved Jewett/Scio Biddy Cheerleaders using the Harrison North auditorium Tuesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 31 for cheer practice.

September's board meeting was changed to Sept. 19 and October's to Oct. 24.

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