N.Baltimore seeks principal PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Friday, 26 April 2013 09:57
NORTH BALTIMORE - The school district here is looking for an elementary principal.
Superintendent Marlene North announced at Tuesday's school board meeting that the district had received 19 applications for the job.
None were internal candidates.
The search committee of nine people has narrowed that list to seven and is conducting interviews this week.
North and Pam Van Mooy have split the duties of principal this year. In the previous two years, Patty Landenberger had served as principal. North had held the post for 18 years prior to that.
North said she hopes to have a recommendation for hire at May's board meeting.
Also at the meeting, the board officially expressed its opposition to the provisions in Ohio House Bill 59 that will increase the number of public-funded vouchers for students to attend private or parochial schools.
"We want to send a clear message," said North. "It's not right for our tax dollars to go to private schools."
Voucher programs in Ohio are publicly-funded tuition subsidies for students attending private schools.
Additionally, the board:
• agreed to list its four-plus acres on Second Street with a local realtor. The land is the former site of the district's junior high/high school. A bid of $68,000 was not accepted in February.
• approved a continuing contract for Ben Pack; two-year contracts for Emily Meyerson, Jeff Gregorsok, Megan Hernandez, Ryan Lamb, Andrea Schroeder, Cristina Toflinski, Bradlee Rowlinson, John Kloepfer and Arica Matthes; and one-year contracts for Stefanie Lauer, Katie Eckel, Nicole Lang, Rob Luderman and Kellie Frazee. All are certified employes. The board also gave a continuing contract to Leslie Hetrick, a classified employee.
• heard plans from Principal Bob Falkenstein on a trial Bring Your Own Device program in the middle school and high school. The program will be piloted in the building for two weeks starting May 6.
Current policy requires students to turn off digital devices while at school.
"Phones and all other digital devices have educational value," Falkenstein wrote in a note being sent to parents. "The teaching staff will be trained to demonstrate new ways for students to use their phones and other devices" in the classroom.

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