POMEROY — The Meigs Local School Board voted unanimously to hire Scot F. Gheen as Meigs Local School District Superintendent during their March 22 meeting.
Gheen currently holds the position of Eastern High School principal and will begin his three-year contract with Meigs on Aug. 1. He will fill the position left by the retirement of Rusty Bookman, who held the position since 2010.
Other hirings approved by the board include Candi Ohlinger as a tutor for a health handicapped student, and Rebecca McGrath and Chastity Jude as substitute custodians.
The board accepted the retirement of Richard Fetty, who currently holds the position of welding instructor at Meigs High School, and granted maternity leave to Samantha Barr.
The board went into an executive session for the purpose of discussing the hiring and compensation of personnel and the disposition and sale of property.
A grant of $8,000 was accepted by the board from the GPD Foundation to establish a fund for the summer reading program at the intermediate school. GPD Foundation Inc. was established in 2014 by the GPD Group. The architecture and engineering design and consultancy group, employee-owned since 1986, created the foundation to further their philanthropic endeavors. Their stated mission is to “enrich the public education experience K through 12 as well as children with medial and special needs.”
Public participation was entertained on the adoption of the 2016-2017 school calendar. The board approved the cafeteria report and minutes from the March 8 regular meeting and the March 14 special meeting.
The Third Grade Reading guarantee was discussed, and it was reported that 45 students did not pass and 13 are in jeopardy of being retained a further year. Reading results from the STAR program were distributed to the board; STAR assessments are the most widely used assessment for K through 12. The cloud-based assessment teaching and learning solutions company’s purpose is to accelerate learning for children and adults. The impact of cloud-based computing on education has been a topic of discussion since the shift to cloud computing began a decade ago.
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