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Indian Creek Middle School nears grand opening

December 14, 2012
By JESS LOOMAN - Staff correspondent , The Herald-Star

WINTERSVILLE - It won't be long until the Indian Creek Middle School pupils have a new home.

The new middle school project, which is a result of a 4.5-mill bond levy from 2008, is set to house pupils by Jan. 7, according to Angie Latessa, project manager for Richard L. Bowen and Associates.

"The building is wonderful and absolutely beautiful," Latessa told Indian Creek school board members Thursday night. "Student desks have been moved in, and the office furniture has also arrived. We have also started moving some things in from the old middle school."

She said that the inspections will begin next week.

"(A) safety (inspection) is slated for Monday, while the final electric inspection is set for Tuesday," she noted. "The final building inspection will be Wednesday, granted that the first two pass."

Currently, the only issue the district is facing deals with technology, Latessa explained.

"We are dealing with technology and phone issues currently but those should be fixed by the time school begins," she said. "The fencing was installed this week and guardrails will be in next week. Grading and drainage have been installed as well."

Superintendent John Rocchi explained how the first day of school will proceed.

"We plan on busing the students up to the new middle school with their teachers, and Mr. Belt will greet them in the gymnasium," he explained. "They will then be escorted to their homeroom classrooms and shown their lockers."

The board also heard from Wintersville Elementary Principal Nicole McDonald and first-grade teacher Natalie Ujcich regarding Step-By-Step Learning.

"This system has been a way to strengthen our data-driven instructional environment," McDonald told board members, noting it will help the school meet the third-grade guarantee. "It helps us get on target to make the third-grade guarantee, which is for all students to be able to read by the end of the third grade. The system allows us to identify at-risk students at an early age and be able to instruct them from the beginning to get on the right track."

The system allows pupils to use IPads, which monitor their success as well as charts progress, Ujcich said.

"The students must score at the high level three times before they can move on," she explained. "Every tool you need is on the IPad, and the kids love that they can see their own progress and it gives them a reason to be proud of themselves. We monitor their progress bi-weekly, weekly and monthly and it has been very successful in the first grade as well as other grade levels. When we first started, I had 19 students that were at-risk and, after charting their progress recently, 16 of those students have made strides."

Rocchi noted the funds for the Step-by-Step Learning system came from a dyslexia grant as well as Title 1 funds for Wintersville Elementary School.

In other business, the board:

Approved Leonard Dye for inclusion on the classified substitute list as a bus driver and custodian.

Approved the professional leave request of Michelle Minto to attend the National Science Teachers Convention in San Antonio, Texas, from April 9-15.

Approved a municipal lease/purchase agreement be approved with Ervin Leading through Borden Office Equipment for the purchase of seven copiers to replace various copiers throughout the district. The cost of lease is $1,634.61 per month for 48 months. Th lease/purchase agreement will replace one that expired in August and one that will expire in February. Replacing the copiers will save the district an average of $505 in monthly maintenance costs.

Approved continuing a contract for cook/cashier Nicole Knight.

Approved the resignation of Tracy Summy from one-half position as head cheering coach and one-half position as grades seventh through 12th assistant cheering coach effective Dec. 4.

Announced the dedication ceremony and reception for the new Indian Creek Middle School is set for 5 p.m. Jan. 10 at the school. The board of education's 2013 re-organizational meeting and regular business meeting will immediately follow.

Approved the resignation of Michael Kuester as bus driver, effective Feb. 28.

Approved the employment of Melissa Brown as Hills Elementary technology assistant.

Approved Gina Guiliani as 2012-13 head cheer coach effective Dec. 5.

Approved Gary Pederson on the classified substitutes' list as a bus mechanic.

Announced Featheringham Realty will auction the old middle school building on Jan. 26.

 
 

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