EAST LIVERPOOL — After receiving a low star rating on this year’s Ohio Department of Education State Report Cards, East Liverpool City School District developed a plan for improvement.
During the board meeting Thursday, Ron Sines, director of curriculum and school improvement, presented a three-year plan to improve the district’s grade, including action steps for each goal and the list of people responsible to make the goals happen.
The plan includes goals of experiencing a 3% increase on student satisfaction, a 3% decrease in students who are chronically absent and a 3% incremental increase between 2022 and 2024 in student achievement levels on both the ELA state assessment and Math state assessment.
Sines noted that the low marks weren’t because the district wasn’t working hard but because the district might not have been working on the right things in the past when they should have been working on the right things.
Sines also said that they need to focus more on depth of knowledge and teaching things before testing.
“It’s not that we are not working hard, it’s not that we are not trying,” Sines said. “It’s that we need to be working smart and we need to be working more effectively.”
The board approved the resignations of Brian Rambo, crossing guard, and Pearl Jeanette Chisom, teacher’s aide.
The board also approved the hiring of four long-term substitute teachers, girls’ varsity track coach, four substitute custodians, a substitute food worker and a substitute secretary.
An agreement for professional services with Kendall Behavioral Health Solutions was approved.
The district has received about 20 applications for the football coach position, Athletic Chairperson Matt Handley said. The deadline for submitting letters of interest for the position is Dec. 9. The following week after that the list should be narrowed down.
The Athletic Committee approved buying bleachers for the field house.
Drug testing for winter sports will start soon. Testing will be done on 50% of students playing winter sports and 25% are subject to random throughout the sports year and is ongoing, Handley said.
The East Liverpool Board of Education meets the third Thursday of each month. The next meeting is Dec. 15 at 6 p.m.