May's monthly school board meeting took place at Clay City High School Thursday.
During the meeting, CCS decided to hire a behavioral specialist to train personnel in at least four of the corporation's schools next year and to help implement school-wide Positive Behavior Support (PBS).
"It's not a matter of aptitude; it's a matter of attitude," Interim Superintendent Kimberly Tucker said.
She added many of the students in school right now are academically capable to succeed, but may not have been taught by parents at home the proper way to behave within a classroom. Tucker said if student's behavior improves, their learning environment would follow suite.
Tucker has a set of goals in mind concerning the academic achievement and the Implementation of school-wide behavior support.
"I want to bring PBS training school-wide, model instruction and classroom management through the program, coach individual teachers and facilitate principal and school team data management and disaggregation of all behavior issues," Tucker said.
This PBS facilitator would not hold a teacher's contract, and would be paid as a consultant for 100 days at $250 per day.
CCS is also making plans to hire a technology coach to integrate technology in instruction.
The coach would help teachers create instruction utilizing technology, modeling the instruction, returning to classrooms to coach teachers with continued use and train teachers on new technologies the schools plan to implement.
Plans are being made to install MimioTeach interactive systems in classrooms.
According to the website, this system allows teachers to "gauge student understanding instantly, at any point during a lesson, with maximum class participation. It simplifies assessment, grading and record-keeping."
Teachers can lead a pop quiz, display and discuss class results and transfer results into spreadsheets.
The board wants students to use laptops or mobile labs (computers on wheels) in class and teachers to take advantage of SMART Board technologies.
The technology coach will also be contracted to work 100 school days for $250 per day.
In other school board news, the board approved requests to purchase from the following:
|*||Jackson Township Elementary will purchase an LED sign. This school's PTO is offering to donate $5,000 for the project, and the remaining balance will be paid using extra-curricular account (ECA) funds,|
|*||North Clay Middle School and Northview High School's Athletic Department directors, Jan Gambill and Charley Jackson will pay Nevco to convert the gymnasium scoreboard from wired to wireless at both the middle and high schools. North Clay's will cost $1,966 and Northview's will cost $4,999,|
|*||Northview baseball team's Head Coach Scott McDonald will pay On-Deck Sports for a 5' halo with wings to put around the pitchers mound. A halo kit replaces the area around home plate with an artificial turf because the area experiences high traffic and grass doesn't grow as well. The total cost is $3,746 to be paid for by the baseball team out of fundraising money,|
|*||Northview High School's Band and Math departments will both receive Apple iPads for $500 each. ECA funds will be used to purchase the technology, and|
|*||Northview High School will purchase $4,500 worth of perfect attendance awards for students who've had perfect attendance the entire 2010-2011 school year. The funds are provided by Herff Jones Photography and $6,638 is available.|
The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 9 at North Clay Middle School.