Triad board selects architect

Gets a look at district report card

By Casey S. Elliott -

NORTH LEWISBURG – Triad Local Schools’ board approved an architectural firm for future projects.

The board selected WDC Group LLC of Springfield to serve as the district’s architect of record at its Monday, Sept. 19 board meeting.

Superintendent Chris Piper said the district reviewed five different firms before making the decision. The state of Ohio has a process for school districts to follow to select an architect of record.

The district is considering a number of building improvements as the school buildings age, and having an architect already selected speeds up that process. One of the first projects that needs work is replacing windows around the district, Piper said. That project will probably occur in the summer next year.

The school board also heard about the district’s 2015-16 school report card, released Sept. 15. Piper said results across the state are down. Some of that can be attributed to rising standards, some to new tests. Piper said he is pleased to see the district’s value-added data, which shows how much progress students made in learning. Triad was 36th in the state for value-added data, out of 612 districts, Piper said.

Piper added it is hard to compare results to prior years because of different tests, different ways of taking the tests (online or paper), and other issues. Triad is also a smaller school, so it does not always have all the programs other school districts have, which counts against them in some categories.

In other action the board:

•Approved minutes and financial statements.

•Accepted the resignation of Deborah Alltop as library aide, effective the end of the work day Oct. 28, 2016.

•Approved the 172-day partial contract for Leslie Runion as four-hour aide, beginning Sept. 7, 2016.

•Approved hiring Boys Head Basketball Coach Jason Malone at Step 5; Girls JV Basketball Coach Erica Trainer at Step 0; MS Basketball Cheer Coach Terri Bruce at Step 3; Winter Weightlifting Coach Gary Davis at Step 1; Sophomore Class Advisor Erica Trainer at Step 0; and Freshman Class Advisor Kyle Huffman at Step 5; all for the 2016-17 school year.

•Approved hiring Boys JV Basketball Coach John Millice at Step 5 for the 2016-17 school year.

•Approved hiring Head Basketball Cheer Coach Angel Legge at Step 2 and Assistant Wrestling Coach Mike Zizzo at Step 3 for the 2016-17 school year.

•Approved amending the years of experience to five for Assistant Football Coach Justin Louck, pending verification from another district. He was approved on Aug. 18, 2016 with four years of experience.

•Approved hiring van driver Patrick Johnson for the 2016-17 school year.

•Approved volunteers for the 2016-17 school year.

•Approved the overnight FFA trip to the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., from Oct. 19-Oct. 21, 2016. Cost of the trip is the responsibility of the students, and no district transportation will be used.

•Approved adoption of the guidance counselor evaluation policy.

•Approved board meeting date changes from Oct. 20 to Oct. 24, and from Nov. 17 to Nov. 21.

•Approved permanent appropriations and estimated resources for fiscal year 2017.

•Approved fund-to-fund transfers.

Gets a look at district report card

By Casey S. Elliott

Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.

Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.