Rossford studies realigning of grades
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer
Saturday, 24 November 2012 07:11
ROSSFORD - Rossford school board members will be consulting with school administrators before further discussions on a grade realignment plan.
The proposal presented by interim Superintendent Bill McFarland would have all kindergarten through second graders attending one school and all third through fifth graders attending another. Sixth graders would be moved to the downtown campus with the junior high and high school.
This would mean one elementary school would close. Which has not been determined, he said. Also the timing of the change is still uncertain. He said the board may want to wait until it's hired a new superintendent. The board is hoping to have a new superintendent in place this summer when McFarland departs.
At Monday's meeting, board members said at Monday's meeting they wanted to discuss the proposal with building administrators. The plan will be on the agenda for discussion at the Board of Education's Dec. 5 work session. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the Bulldog Center.
Monday board members we also told that Rossford is making progress as it prepares to move toward the new educational standards that will be in place next year.
All the schools in the state are charged with teaching and testing students based on a national Common Core of knowledge and skills.
Moving the district in that direction is "a huge undertaking," Curriculum Director Jason Smith, told the board.
Students will be required to demonstrate a deeper knowledge of subjects and that means less reliance on multiple choice tests.
For example, Smith said, students will have to demonstrate they can "write effectively when analyzing a text."
The prompts will be structured so they have to refer to the text and not just rely on general knowledge or personal experience to get by.
Since much of the testing will be done online, board members asked if the district had enough computers to meet student needs.
Smith said that all students will not be tested at once so the district should be adequately equipped.
With the tougher standards in place, he said, only a third to half of the school districts now deemed proficient under Ohio's current standards will be proficient or above based on the new national standards.
He also said that local grade cards will have to reflect the new standards. Students should not be getting high marks on their grade cards, only to find out they don't meet the new standards.
McFarland reported that the relocation and upgrade of wrestling facilities at the high school is continuing.
The wrestling program is returning to a space the team formerly occupied before the district acquired weight machines.
The job also required some extensive cleaning. "Those room are cleaner than they've been in 15 years," he said.
Earlier this year several parents complained that the conditions the team was training in were unsafe and unsanitary.