Cards Soar On OGTs

NEW BREMEN — Eighty-eight percent of New Bremen High School sophomores and 94 percent of juniors passed all five sections of the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) High School Principal Frank Borchers announced Wednesday night at the Board of Education meeting.

“They did real well again,” Borchers said in his report to board members. “The passing percentages were all in the 90s.”

Borchers noted the high marks the students earned in math and reading — 63 students earned advanced or accelerated rankings in math, while 49 students earned advanced or accelerated rankings in reading.

“The math and the reading were very, very good,” he said. “Particularly if you look at the number of advanced and accelerated, you can see there’s been some good progress made over the years.”

Overall, 95.8 percent of students passed writing, 97.2 percent passed reading, 98.6 percent passed math, 91.6 percent passed social students and 94.4 percent passed science.

Also in his report to the board, Borchers noted New Bremen High School’s ranking in the U.S. News and World Report.

“We were ranked 36th in the state of Ohio,” Borchers said. “I think it’s a real nice feather in our cap.”

He noted the rankings are based on test results and course offerings.

“It’s a real plus,” Borchers said of the high ranking.

“It speaks well to our students, our staff, community and parents that are encouraging kids to take some of those more rigorous courses and stay after the homework. I’m pleased to be able to announce these kinds of results.”

In her report to board members, Elementary Principal Diane Kramer noted a change administrators are hoping to make in the handbook for the 2012-13 school year.

“One of the things that we want to change and I think is important is for us to have is a request form for when families go on vacations,” Kramer said. “We never really had a formal request form. There were a couple of times where it was almost after the fact that they called and said that they were going to be out. We recognize the learning that goes on when a student goes on vacation, but it’s important for us to know.”

In his report to the board, Middle School Principal Howard Overman updated board members on a meeting he had with the Business Advisory Council.

“We came up with a mission statement, ‘The New Bremen Advisory Council is a partnership between businesses and education that will provide students with career readiness skills,’” Overman said.

“We are meeting periodically to work some things out.”

He noted the council is looking to combine the career fairs for New Bremen, New Knoxville and Minster.

“Instead of having one career fair for New Knoxville and Minster and us and pulling yourselves out of work three times, they’re looking at having one in December,” he said.

“They’re working with the guidance counselors to get that going.”

Board members met in executive session to discuss appointment or evaluation of an employee, and no action was taken when board members reconvened in regular session.

In other business, board members:

• Approved the May 9 meeting minutes.

• Approved the general fund and lunchroom fund paid bills.

• Accepted a donation of $5,890 from First National Bank for 10 iPads for Special Education Intervention and Study Island software for grades six, seven and eight.

• Accepted a donation of $38,500 from Dianne Komminsk for 30 iPads, 10 projectors, a SmartBoard and various other technology, curriculum and professional development items.

• Approved increases to estimated revenue and appropriations to fund 572 (Title I) for $727.06 and fund 590 (Title II-A) for $623.33.

• Approved a motion allowing the treasurer to increase appropriation accounts as needed.

• Adopted the temporary appropriations for the 2012-13 school year.

• Approved a list of personnel items.

• Approved the Ag Advisory Committee members for the 2012-13 school year.

• Accepted a quote from the Ohio School Plan for liability and violence insurance at a rate of $7,725.00.

• Revised the 2012-13 calendar to change the two-hour delay on March 11, 2013, to a two-hour delay on March 4, 2013.

• Moved the July board meeting from July 11 to July 17.

• Approved a list of board policy revisions as recommended by the superintendent.

• Heard an update from the New Bremen Ag Boosters about the organization’s plans and goals.

• Heard an update on the district’s Race to the Top initiatives.

The next regular meeting of the New Bremen Board of Education will be held at 7:30 p.m. July 17 in the community room at the high school.