Superintendent Ralph Moore told the board the schools finally had come to a decision on the system’s new math curriculum which will be used during the 2016-2017 school year.
“We’re spending $90,000 so we wanted to know this was the right decision, we didn’t want to rush into it,” Moore said.
“We had a lot of research and teacher collaboration. Finally we made a decision. We’ve decided to go with Houghton Mifflin (Harcourt) K through 12 math curriculum. For the elementary and middle school it’s called Go Math and the high school curriculum is AGA (for algebra, geometry, algebra, referring to the sequence of classes).”
The decision has been at least five months in the making for good reason according to Moore.
“All of our teachers and the principals put a lot of research and thought into this,” he said.
“We’re very excited. Basically we felt this was the best program for our kids’ needs. It was the best aligned with what our children needed to learn with what they are being tested on. It met the standards for the subject area and it was very important that it’s seamless, going kindergarten through 12th grade. It provides teachers with support material, with pretests and different things to help. It’s also online, so it’s easily able to be accessed on a home computer.”
Moore said the material will come over the summer, after which teachers will be notified so they can pick up their material to start working out the new lessons. The school plans to go through the seam process with their language arts, social studies and science curriculum's.
In other news, the board accepted the resignation of Linda Laux, who served as a bus driver for the district for 26 years and gifted her with a beautiful rocker to help her enjoy her retirement.
“I think of the metaphor. It’s like losing the captain of a team — how do you replace that?” said Don Beck, district transportation supervisor. “She has set a high standard for all of us.”
The board also was given a high-flying gift in the form of a giant, all-natural wood eagle.
Heath and Courtney Cleary and their family donated the eagle to be placed somewhere in the MAC/Monroeville Athletic Complex building. The eagle, which is naturally yellow, black and white, has no stains or paint, but is made of all natural wood. The yellow-gold wood comes from Brazil, the black wood from Africa and the white wood is a Buckeye wood.
“There was a lot that went into this,” said Rick Mautz, co-owner of Pine Gap Woodworks, who helped create the eagle. “From drawing it out, to cutting the woods out in the right sizes and shaping the woods by hand. This is all hand done.”
The eagle was estimated to cost about $500.