Some school services being restored

By DEBRA GASKILL Special Correspondent

December 20, 2013

BEAVERCREEK — School bus service for high school students are among several services coming back to city schools, following a vote taken Thursday by the Beavercreek Board of Education.

The restoration of services was the direct result of the passage of the Nov. 5 levy, which passed by just 31 votes following a Dec. 5 recount in Greene and Montgomery counties.

The levy is anticipated to raise $10.4 million per year for the district over the next five years,

“We are moving very cautiously and judiciously as we consider the restorations of programs and services,” said Superintendent Bill McGlothlin, Ed.D. “The Board and Administration are committed to being good financial stewards of the community’s funds.”

The school board voted to reinstate high school busing, restore previously reduced elementary music, art and physical education classes and hire new staff to support Third grade Reading Guarantee efforts.

Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee is a program to identify students behind in reading from kindergarten through third grade, according to the Ohio Department of Education. Schools will provide help and support to make sure students are on track for reading success by the end of third grade.

Busing will begin for public and private high school students as soon as qualified drivers are hired and trained.

Information about registering high school students for transportation will be sent to parents at a later date; register will occur via an online form.

The board also voted to hire teachers to help elementary students struggling with reading, in accordance with the states Third Grade Reading Guarantee. These teachers will begin assisting students early in the second semester, according to school officials.

Elementary music, art and physical education classes for kindergarten through fifth grade students will be restored pre-cut levels at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.