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School Board gets report on report card

October 31, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The State of Ohio recently released the state report card that gauges how school districts are doing. At last week's Board of Education meeting, Director of Education Janet Polish went over the report card and what it means.

"We got a C overall on the report card," she said. "All schools received a letter grade this year for the first time."

She said some categories on the report card do not reflect the true work of the district. One example is the Prepared to Succeed section, in which Austintown got an F.

"This section was started two years ago," Polish said. "It covers some items that our district doesn't even offer."

Other grades included D in achievement and in improving at-risk students. Polish said in 2016, Austintown got an F in this category and in 2017, a C. A lot had to deal with improving at-risk readers.

In the categories of Gap Closing and Graduation Rate, the district received B's. Polish said while that is good, there is still a lot of work to do. She said the chronic absentee issue was one that needd work. In 2017 the chronic absentee rate was 17.7 percent. This year it was at 14.8 percent and was an area needed more improvement.

In the category of Progress, Austintown shined with an A.

"That was a huge accomplishment," Polish said. "I have had so many ask how we did that."

She said other districts didn't do that well in the progress column.

On a different issue, Food Service Director Alexis Weber reported that Fitch had been selected for a new cold coffee test that ran from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. The test resulted in Fitch receiving a new coffee bar available to students and staff.

In other business:

Chris Berni reported the Fitch Veterans Luncheon went over very well. There were 30 veterans who showed up and ate with students during all three lunches. The students wore red, white and blue for the event and loved having the vets dine with them.

Staff of the month recognition went to Stacy Banko at AES, Shelly Culp at AIS, Julia Colarich at AMS, Leslie Busico at Fitch, JoAnn Nori from MCESC support, secretary Sandra Mitchell, paraprofessional Ellen DiFrancesco and head custodian Jason Leancu.

The following booster groups were approved for the 2018 calendar year:

Austintown Boosters, Band Parents, Baseball Boosters, Boys Basketball, Boys Soccer, Choir Parents, Falcon Swim Team, Booster Club, Fast Pitch Boosters, Fitch Bowling, Football Parents, Girls Basketball, Girls Soccer, Hall of Fame, Girls Volleyball Committee, Mat Boosters, and the Touchdown Club which was renamed Football Boosters.



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