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Harrison Hills sees growth

October 26, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

CADIZ - The Harrison Hills City School Board met Thursday to review ongoing projects.

George Ash, superintendent, said the school district is seeing an upswing in enrollment with nearly 60 students newly enrolled.

"We were down to 1,536 last year," he said. "This year we're up to 1,590. We've only seen an increase in enrollment once since 2003."

He credited the influx to the implementation of new programs such as Advanced Placement classes, the Ohio Virtual Learning Academy, Opportunity School, 21st Century Afterschool Program and technology.

In addition, the Virtual Learning Academy has seen a surge in growth since launching in September, with 44 students from throughout Ohio.

The district earned another effective rating from the Ohio Department of Education in the report card rankings. The district achieved 19 out of 26 indicators, with five indicators gained this year with third-grade reading and math, seventh-grade math, fourth-grade reading and eighth-grade math.

In other matters, board member Melvin Allen will be honored by the American Red Cross of Tuscarawas, Harrison and Carroll counties at 7:10 p.m. today at the junior/senior high school football stadium for his role in saving the life of former Sheriff Richard Renzi.

In other business:

The district received correspondence from Bill McGowan on behalf of the area Masonic Lodge thanking them for participating in the students' assistance program, and Howard Landkrohn from the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, thanking the schools for hosting a recent meet the candidates night.

Allen also reported that the bus garage is 75 percent finished.

The board approved Sandy Yeske, Jennifer Merrick and Karen Hanzel as substitute teachers/tutors. The board also approved the resignation of Derek Madzia as freshman boys basketball coach.

The board also approved Teresa Dunlap as fall play director; Anna Minagla, assistant fall play director; Lois Wright, seventh-grade girls basketball; Blake Allen, freshman boys basketball; Zachary McKibben, wrestling reserve; Richard McKinney, junior high head; and Cody Kaiser, junior high co-assistant.

Rob Richards was confirmed as online intervention specialist effective Oct. 15.

Cynthia Twaddle was recalled from the RIF list effective Oct. 22.

The board approved the resignation of John Herbold as bus driver effective Oct. 15; confirmed Terri Wilson as bus driver of the handicapped bus for seven hours per day, effective Oct. 22.

Eric Sheets was approved as a volunteer junior high girls basketball coach for the 2012-13 school year.

The board approved Todd Dunlap, Ken Parker and Paul Coffland for varsity wrestling.

Rhonda Littleton was approved for family medical leave for up to 12 weeks beginning Oct. 9.

The board approved a memorandum of understanding between the school district and Eastern Gateway Community College.

Members approved the five-year forecast for fiscal years 2013-17.

The board approved naming Ash to the OMERESA Health Benefits Board of Directors.

A request from the senior Ohio Model United Nations adviser was approved to take 45 students to the senior OMUN in Columbus, Dec. 9-11.

The board OK'd use of facilities for the Husky Wrestling Club to hold a youth wrestling program at the junior/senior high from Monday through Dec. 31, and to hold a youth wrestling program at the junior/senior high school on Nov. 25 and Dec. 8, 15 and 23.

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