Bristol officials to discuss election

BRISTOL – School officials have indicated they will need to hold discussions on how to proceed following last week’s defeat of a 5.63-mill bond issue on the general election ballot.

Superintendent Christopher Dray said at Wednesday’s board of education meeting that he and the board members will need to meet on what direction to take next.

”We need to first discuss what to do, and have not settled on anything yet. We really haven’t had a chance to talk yet,” Dray said.

The bond issue was to be used to build a new building. If the levy would have passed, the state would have paid for 63 percent of the cost of the project.

The bond issues would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home an extra $198 per year.

Local cost of the project would have been $9.5 million.

Dray said last week he was very appreciative of the efforts of the levy committee in getting the word out about the levy.

In another matter, Dray said he has spoken with principals and staff about the state’s new evaluation for teachers, which will help with student progress.

A memorandum of understanding was approved by the board as part of the collective bargaining agreement on how the teacher evaluations will be conducted.

Dray said the evaluations will enable teachers to show ways students are showing growth and progress.

He said committees will be set up at each school made up of an administrator and three teachers on each to look at tests and evaluation measures being used for showing student growth.

In other action, the board:

l Heard from Dray the district was presented the Eastern Ohio Education Partnership Award recognizing the growth in reading and math scores shown by students in grades fourth to eighth as part of the Value Added Data from the state report card;

l Heard from High School Principal Tracey Ryser that art students will be working on a wall-size mural in the cafeteria which will take three or more weeks to complete;

  • Accepted the retirement resignation of Kevin Hubler, a fifth and sixth grade intervention teacher, effective July 1, 2014. Hubler organized the recent Bristol Veterans Day program in the school. He has 30 years in education;
  • Reported the staff has undergone ALICE training in cases of intruders or other serious safety problems in the schools. Board member John Hickey said the training prepares staff to get students out of the building when necessary and to deal with lockdown situation;
  • Recognized the high school cross country team members and coach Michael Austin following the NAC championship.