ENGLEWOOD — At Northmoor Elementary during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Northmont Board of Education, a resolution was unanimously passed opposing state testing levels.
According to the resolution, “Ohio’slegislative branch of government has thoroughly politicized that which constitutes an effective learning environment.” Northmont believes in testing and assessments, but the State of Ohio’s model is “badly broken and in need of drastic repair.” The resolution continues by saying, “the State’s accountability program includes unreliable test formats and ever-changing vendors accompanied by unsubstantiated and questionable student achievement levels that change whimsically and annually.”
Finally, the Board says that the District will “continue to meet its mission obligation; however, objects to the Legislature’s current politicization of children in the name of accountability through more and more testing mandates.”
In other business, Superintendent Tony Thomas presented the Superintendent’s Helping Hands Award to Kevin Reinke. Mr. Reinke spent a lot of his time planning and building benches for the courtyard at Northmoor Elementary. In his humble fashion, Mr. Reinke said, “I’m just a dad.”
Superintendent Thomas responded, “you’re so much more than just a dad. Volunteers like you are what makes Northmont strong.”
Mr. Thomas shared with the Board that the Northmont Community Auditorium will be dedicated on Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m. and will feature several of the performance groups from the high school. The public is encouraged to attend and tour the renovated auditorium space as well as the newly created ROTC Center and Northmont Secondary Academy.
Board Member Jane Woodie announced that the Professional Development Team has prepared a Fall Institute of PD for staff that will take place on November 21 and 22. This will take place as a conference style format in which staff members can choose the areas of instruction that interest them. Mrs. Woodie stated how fortunate the district is to have a program like this with staff members who are also presenters and Mr. Thomas added, “You can travel someplace (for PD), but you’re not going to get much better than we have right here.”
Student Board Representative Kyndall Wilson shared the goings on around the District:
All buildings have Parent/Teacher conferences this week and all elementary buildings are gearing up for annual fall parties on Thursday, since there is no school on Friday.