NORTH CANTON  North Canton City Schools Board of Education members heard during the regular meeting on Aug. 16 that the preliminary State Report Card is showing that the district has improved over last year.

Assistant Superintendent David Pilati reported that the preliminary state report card shows that the district has met 19 of 23 achievement indicators and six component grades will be As and Bs.

"The final report cards will be out in late August but the preliminary reports are showing the district has improved over last year where it met 16 of the 23 indicators," Pilati said.

He said the reports are based on English language arts and math testing scores in grades third through eighth, and algebra, geometry, English I and II, biology, American history and American government test scores for the high school grades.

He also said it looks like the district advanced three points in the performance index. Pilati stressed the finding in the reports are preliminary and the final results will be released soon.

OTHER ACTIONS:

- Heard from Bob Roden with Citizens Supporting Excellence who thanked the board for allowing the community to vote on the levy in November. Roden was Superintendent with the district from 1987-1995. He stated he believes the current facilities plan will provide "a safe and secure environment for educating the children in the district and secure the financial stability for the district well into the future."

- Hired Janet Peare on a one-year administrative contract as Middle School Dean of Students and in a separate resolution approved Peare as the Middle School athletic director.

- Accepted an agreement with Walsh University for the 2017-18 school year for individual and group counseling and psychoeducation with no cost to the board.

- Authorized a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Walsh University for North Canton City Schools students to participate in Transitions U on the University’s campus. The program is designed for cognitive/multiple disabled students aged 18-22 who have completed social graduation with the district. The MOU is effective from Aug. 1, 2017 to June 30, 2021.

- Approved a contract with Akron Children’s Hospital for nursing services and substitute coverage for registered nurses at a cost of $174,768.

- Approved a contract with Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities for the next school year at $17.50 an hour for 3.75 hours a day for 184 days.

- Approved a contract for Out-of-the-Box Behavioral Solutions from Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018 for up to $65,000.

- Approved a contract with Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism including $620 for program development and additional rates from $52 to $165 an hour for consultation and tutoring.

- Approved contract with Tech Defenders effective for the 2017/2018 school year for Chromebook Protection Plan for $120,625 to cover 4,825 units.

- Approved a facilities use contract with Mission View Bible Church for $1,089 for use of Hoover High School for church services and Clearmount for youth services.

- Accepted a contract for 2017-18 school year with the Stark County Education Service Center.

- Approved two contracts with Stark-Portage Area Computer Consortium (SPARCC)for GiftedWerks ($2,630) and Learn 360 Service ($3,185).

UP NEXT: The next regular meeting will be 6:00 p.m. Sept. 20 in the media room at Hoover High School.