District OKs Tech Use

NEW KNOXVILLE — Students at New Knoxville are now permitted to use their personal laptops, e-readers and iPods during study hall and at their teacher’s discretion in the classroom.

In her report to the New Knoxville Board of Education Tuesday night, Principal Linda Tebbe wrote the Tech Committee met recently and discussed the change.

“We’re trying this out this nine-weeks to see what issues or concerns may arise,” Tebbe wrote in her report. “So far, so good.”

Tebbe also noted that the Professional Development Committee met to discuss the goals and plans for the year on wavier days and two-hour delays.

“Key topics this year will be looking at grading for learning (both formative and summative), using data to drive decisions regarding instructional practices and examining ways to measure student growth in non-tested subjects,” Tebbe wrote in her report.

Superintendent Kim Waterman said the professional development sessions are tied with the district’s involvement in Race to the Top.

“Much of what we did in professional development last year ties in to what we’re doing with Race to the Top,” Waterman said, noting that schools involved in Race to the Top have received money to help implement requirements.

“This just shows we’ve always been on top of things and that Race to the Top is assisting us to do the things that are required of us.”

Tebbe congratulated student Casey Hovey, who received the New Knoxville 2012 Honda-OSU Math Medal award.

“She will be recognized at a special ceremony (on) Nov. 3 at the Honda of America Manufacturing facility in Marysville,” Tebbe wrote in her report. “She will receive a $100 gift card. This also makes her eligible for a renewable scholarship to OSU.”

Tebbe also recognized staff member Mrs. Wittler, who received the first place award for the palette she created at the Palettes of Keuka in Hammondsport, N.Y.

“Her work was created using photography, fabric, ink, graphite, acrylic paint and 50 coat varnish,” Tebbe wrote in her report.

In her report to the board, Waterman said that students in grades six to 12 will be asked to take a survey through My Voice.

“This is just having them do a quick online assessment of how they feel the school is to them,” Waterman said. “Do the teachers care about you? Do you feel safe? It’s some perception data from them that we can then use to help with our achievement gaps and professional development needs.”

Board members entered into an executive session to discuss administrative salary. No action was taken when they reconvened in regular session.

In other business, board members:

• Approved the modified agenda.

• Approved the minutes of the Aug. 22 meeting.

• Approved the August financial report.

• Approved the employment of Kristin Dabbelt, Mary Bensman, Jay Fledderjohann, Kathy Frankenberg, Angela Milner, Emily Little, Janean Oberlander, Ken Nuss, Kate Steinmann, Winsome Compton, Jennie Dimmick, Dwain Meckstroth, all substitute teachers.

• Approved the 2011-12 van and bus routes.

• Approved the Family Medical Leave Act for Sarah Baker until Nov. 28.

• Approved a motion to hold a board work session at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3.

The next regular meeting of the New Knoxville Board of Education is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the media center.