NEW KNOXVILLE — New Knoxville Principal Linda Tebbe praised the work of students at the New Knoxville Board of Education meeting Monday night, as the results of the Ohio Graduation Tests taken earlier this year revealed a 99.4 percent passage rate.
“In my years here, these are the top scores we’ve ever had,” Tebbe said. “We had 100 percent in reading, 100 percent in science, 100 percent in social studies, 100 percent in writing.”
Two juniors, two exchange students and 33 sophomores took the tests in reading, writing, math, science and social students. Of the 177 tests taken, 176 received passing marks. For each test, students earned a limited, basic, proficient, accelerated or advanced rating. To pass the test, students need to have earned a proficient rating or higher. Tebbe praised the students’ work on the tests.
“I know they (the students) take it so seriously, I know the teachers work real hard,” she said. “It was really nice to see. They’re very impressive scores.”
Also in her report to the board, Tebbe thanked the staff for another successful school year.
“I want to thank the entire staff for a great school year,” Tebbe said. “It just amazes me the great things that can happen when a committed group of people come together to work for a common goal.”
Superintendent Kim Waterman echoed Tebbe’s sentiments.
“I, too, would like to thank everyone that made this year a great success,” Waterman said, noting that the school year flew by.
“It takes everyone that has dealings with this school and students in this school to make us one of the best.”
Board members met in executive session to discuss administrative salary, and no action was taken when board members reconvened in regular session.
In other business, board members,
• Approved the meeting’s agenda.
• Approved the April 17 and April 23 meeting minutes.
• Approved the April financial report.
• Approved the revised five-year forecast for fiscal years 2012-16.
• Tebbe thanked the community sponsors who fund scholarships for New Knoxville graduates, noting three new scholarships were offered this year.
• Waterman noted two projects slated for this summer. The black top areas of the parking lots will be resealed and the gym floors will be cleaned and refinished.
• Approved the consent agenda.
• Approved the 2012-13 classified salary schedule.
• Authorized membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2012-13 school year.
• Approved membership for the West Central Ohio Assistive Technology Center.
• Approved the Student’s Athletic Handbook for the 2012-13 school year.
• Approved the Coaches’ Handbook for the 2012-13 school year.
• Approved the 2012-13 athletic ticket prices.
• Approved the Student Handbook for the 2012-13 school year. Tebbe noted the major change in the handbook for next year is the unexcused absence policy. Students will be required to make up the time they missed for an unexcused absence either before school, after school or at Saturday school. One period missed will require 45 minutes of make-up time, half a day will require three hours of make-up time and a whole day will require six hours of make-up time.
• Authorized the treasurer to issue salary notices for the 2012-13 school year.
• Approved the purchase of a 2009 used school bus from Greenon Local Schools.
The next regular meeting of the New Knoxville Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m. June 25 in the media center.