The Minerva Board of Education honored state athletes and discussed the one to one initiative at its March 13 meeting.
Honored were Minerva Girls Bowling team who went to state in Columbus and placed fifth, Minerva Cheerleaders who placed third in the cheerleading state championship and Minerva's hip hop dance team were honored for their accomplishments. Each were handed a certificate by the board, handed out by Board President Robert Foltz and Superintendent Gary Chaddock. Coaches were there to congratulate their athletes.
"All of these ladies did a fantastic job," said Chaddock. "Keep up the hard work."
Director of Curriculum and Instruction Becky Miller presented the board with the 2017-2018 plan for the one to one initiative for chromebooks. The new plan will retain its price of $286 but include a better computer with better battery life and features. The warranty follows students out of school too until the six years are up.
"The goal is to maintain technology sustainability," said Miller. "We had 84 families participate in the 'pilot' which was our first introduction to this program."
The program allows students' parents to purchase chromebooks for students to have their own computer, instead of borrow one from the school during school hours.
"These are their computers after they purchase them," said Middle School Principal Scott Cassidy. "Some parents expect the school to take on the responsibility to make sure the computers are in good condition, but the computers purchased by students are not our computers."
Cassidy stated that the student-owned chromebooks have more wear and tear because students carry them around daily and they aren't just put back like the school owned computers.
The goal for the 2017-2018 is to offer devices to families in grades 7-12 to meet the goal of 942 devices in the school.
In other business, the board:
HEARD board member Susan Crawford praise the middle school musical supervised by Deb Imler. There were no outside rehearsals and all practice was done in class.
"They were very entertaining," said Crawford.
HEARD board Vice President Stanley Pennock praise a letter opposing Governor John Kasich's proposal in the budget to require on-site work experience with a local business to renew teaching licenses. The letter was written by Minerva's own Julie Rine. Rine's letter was featured in "The Washington Post" publication.
APPROVED out of state field Minerva High School field trip in May to Pittsburgh.
The next meeting will be held Monday, April 17, 7 p.m. at the Minerva Local Schools Administration Building.