NEW FRANKLIN  Many district across the state are taking a look at the recently released state report cards.

During the Oct. 16 board meeting, the Manchester Local Schools Board of Education heard from Curriculum Director Rachel Willis about how the district fared.

Willis said the report cards are always a hot topic as the state continues to make changes. She said the report card is only a snapshot of the district.

Manchester received an overall grade of a C, which she doesn’t believe is a true representation for the job the district does.

Breaking down the grades, Manchester received a C for achievement, A for graduation rate, D for progress, A for gap closing and a D for prepared success.

Willis said the district is happy about the graduation rate remaining one of the highest in the area, and the A in gap closing was a huge win for the district.

She said the district is always working to make improvements.

Board member Mark Tallman said it is ridiculous the district got a C considering it has a Blue Ribbon school and has one of the highest graduation rates in the area.  

Superintendent James Robinson thanked Willis for all the work she has done. He added that the state doesn't know where it is going next with the report cards.

In other business Oct. 16, the board:

- Approved the Five Year Forecast, which shows a positive balance for all five upcoming years. The positive balance is based on the renewal levy passing this November.

- Approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the city of New Franklin and the Manchester Local School District's Board of Education.

- Approved a resolution resending a request for the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to establish a new scope, estimated basic project cost and local share in the Classroom Assistance Program. Robinson said in talking with the state, Ohio could fund 42 percent of the project. The estimate the district received in 2015 showed the state would only fund 38 percent.

- Approved the Manchester Local Schools Strategic Long Range Plan for students.

- Approved several donations to the district.

- Heard the first reading of a policy relating to the use of credit cards.

- Heard from Valerie Nash from Summit County Children Services about Issue 8 on the Nov. 6 ballot. Issue 8 is a 2.25-mil renewal plus a 1-mill tax increase. The issue, if approved, would cost the homeowner of a $100,000 home $35 extra each year. Nash said if approved, this additional money would last for at least 12 years. If the issue doesn’t pass, a reduction in staff and services is expected.

- Heard from Robinson that the district received the COPS-Stops Grant in the amount of $174,000. This grant went through the city and the Police Department. The money will be put toward security upgrades the district made. Robinson said getting the grant was a team effort and the district is really happy to have received it.

- Heard from Robinson about supporting Issue 5, a 6.9-mill renewal levy for the district which is on the Nov. 6 ballot. The issue is not a tax increase.

The next Manchester Schools board meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Manchester Middle School, 760 West Nimisila Road.