ENGLEWOOD — Many High School Government students were present at the regular meeting of the Northmont Board of Education at Northmoor Elementary Monday evening, filling the house. The students are required to attend a meeting sometime during the semester as part of their grade.
Assistant Superintendent Tony Thomas presented the Superintendent’s Helping Hands award to Erika Myer, a Northmoor Elementary parent who has been instrumental in fund-raising and supporting the staff. Principal Shannon Williamson wrote, “She is selfless and devotes much of her free time into making Northmoor a better place, whether it be cooking meals for conferences, helping in the office, or helping keep our sign out front updates.” Mrs. Myer also helped to raise $10,000 with a raffle basket fundraiser that will help the PTO cover the costs of field trips, etc.
In other business, Construction Administrator Bob McClintock spoke to the Board about two amendments involving the renovation of the high school auditorium. According to Mr. McClintock, the abatement of the high school and renovation of the auditorium are moving forward as planned.
In the Board Reports portion of the meeting, Vice President Bruce Clapp shared that the Roll of Recognition honorees have been chosen and will be announced sometime next month.
“It always amazes me how many truly deserving candidates we have,” Clapp said. Mr. Clapp also shared that the Miami Valley Career Technology Center is working on several new programs and is collaborating with Northmont Middle School beginning next fall.
Mr. Thomas explained that the State report card data from the 2014-15 school year would be released Thursday, February 25. At this point it appears that Northmont has met 100 percent of the Indicators, which is an overall district score of “A.”
Mr. Thomas also shared that Northmont will be expanding the College Credit Plus offerings for the 2016-17 school year. Several staff members have been included in a grant to become adjunct professors with Sinclair Community College, which will save the District funds and make the CCP program much more convenient for students to be able to take the classes on the Northmont campus.
Student Board Representative Samantha Johnson gave her report of various happenings around the District:
• Englewood Elementary has begun the YMCA rewards program for students who completed a Winter Break task.
• Englewood Hills is celebrating “Caring Month” to teach students how to show that they care. Students who complete a caring activity at home will be recognized at the Third Quarter Awards Assembly.
• Kleptz Early Learning Center collected 2410 items for residents of their partner, Pristine Senior Living (formerly Englewood Manor). Students also made Valentine cards for the residents.
• Northmoor is hosting Grandparents Day on Wednesday, February 24 at 9:30 a.m. Over 200 grandparents will be joining the students for a FREE breakfast, a craft, and a student performance.
• Northwood celebrated a NEON Dance that was very well attended. The second grade is working with MUSE Machine Artist in Residence Michael Lippert. There will be an evening performance next week. *Union Elementary has a Father/Daughter Dance scheduled for March 19.
• Middle School students worked with the High School DECA students to learn about financial literacy.
• High School Mock Trial team narrowly missed advancing to the State Championship at the Mock Trial Regional competition. Science Olympiad finished 13th of 42 teams at New Albany, Academic Challenge won the Mason Invitational and is competing for the 8th straight GWOC Central title this week.