Four schools 'excellent'

We have something to be proud of in our public schools. Four of the six schools in the Norwalk district have been designated "Excellent," Superintendent Wayne Babcanec reported at Tuesday night's school board meeting. "Excellent" is the highest rating a school can achieve.
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Jul 25, 2010

We have something to be proud of in our public schools.

Four of the six schools in the Norwalk district have been designated "Excellent," Superintendent Wayne Babcanec reported at Tuesday night's school board meeting. "Excellent" is the highest rating a school can achieve.

In addition, Pleasant and League elementaries both were named "Schools of Promise." Schools of promise are schools that meet similar requirements while having a poverty rate of 40 percent or more.

"They're excellent schools who are excellent in spite of their high poverty rate," Babcanec explained.

The school report cards establish standards for accountability and that's good, Babcanec said. But while all schools are held to the same standard, they do not start with the same students. This award is particularly valuable, he said, because it is the state's recognition of that.

League and Pleasant were the only two schools in the Erie, Huron, Ottawa, and Lorain counties to qualify for the award.

Maplehurst would also have qualified for the award, however, its poverty rate is 39.65 percent, Assistant Superintendent Mike Gordon said.

In other business:

The board discussed the final phase of the window replacement project replacing the windows and doors at the district's central office. Replacing all windows and doors will cost $231,000 in permanent improvement funds. John Lendrum noted that if they start improving the building there are several other things that need to be done. The building is already planned to receive a new roof at a cost of $32,000. It will also need a new heating system and to be made handicapped accessible.

Board members estimated the total cost at $400,000.

The board accepted Capitol Aluminum and Glass Corp.'s bid for the window replacement project.

Babcanec reported that House Bill 315, currently being considered by the state legislature, would be disastrous for the district's finances. The bill would require increases in contributions for retirement, and would cost the district $600,000 in the phase-in period alone, Treasurer Kenn France said.

Comments

We are always p...

What an awful lead by Nicholas White - "We have something to be proud of in our public schools." Really Mr. White - what about the successful sports programs, the excellent teachers, the always-improving test scores, high gradation rates, etc. Maybe where you came from there wasn't any school pride, but around here, most people are proud of the Norwalk City Schools. Maybe you should go back to your interactive media and leave the reporting to reporters!!!

Nicholas White ...

We are always proud: I'm sorry you took offense to the way I wrote the story. It was not my intention to say that the awards in the story were the *only* things to be proud of. The awards are in fact a direct result of the teachers, the test scores, and the graduation rates.

We are always p...

Mr. White -

I thank you for you apology. I would appreciate it if you could include an apology in your next column, as I am sure there will be people who read your story in the paper and will get upset that do not read the newspaper online and won't see your apology.

I am sorry that I said you should leave the reporting to the reporters - I was just a little upset about the lead you wrote.

to Nicholas Whi...

They would whine no matter what you wrote. Can't even do a good story like this without someone coming on here and crying about it. And I see they used their name...oh, no they didn't! Of course they didn't! Probably would never say it to your face, but can hide behind this screen...

Hey to Nicholas...

Hey to Nicholas White -

Hmm - didn't see you putting your name on here - how can you accuse some people of not putting their name on here, then not put yours on there? Aren't you hiding behind a screen? Sounds like you are to me! If the Reflector wanted to make this discussion forum legit, they would start to make people actually post their names!

My guess - you work at the Reflector and are trying to help defend your own! No surprise!