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The Suburbanite
  • Full-day kindergarten approved for Nolley Elementary next year

  • Manchester Schools will provide full-day kindergarten after the board of education approved the changed at a special board meeting April 3.


    The program was recommended by Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. James Robinson, Nolley Principal Christi Pappas and kindergarten teachers Traci Craig and Jennifer Lasalle.

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  • Manchester Schools will provide full-day kindergarten after the board of education approved the changed at a special board meeting April 3.
    The program was recommended by Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. James Robinson, Nolley Principal Christi Pappas and kindergarten teachers Traci Craig and Jennifer Lasalle.
    A survey taken by incoming kindergarten parents at the public planning meetings held in March also recommended the change.
    Last year the board opted for the one year delay offered by the state when it came to switching from half-day to full-day for financial reasons. Reynolds said they want this option available to all children.
    “Because of the new state curriculum requirements, additional time is needed for these kids to meet those requirements,” Superintendent Sam Reynolds said. “There are new state and core (federal) standards coming for the 2014-15 school year, we need to get ready for that.”
    The goal is to not increase the district’s budget by cutting other areas. There will be no charge for parents to enroll in full-time kindergarten.
    “At this point, we are predicting either a half or a full-time person,” Reynolds said in regards to new teachers. “But we plan to pay for the program through attrition cost reductions of the current budget and other revenue sources that we are looking at. We are looking to make necessary cuts to stay within the general fund.”
    What programs will see cuts is not yet known, but Reynolds noted teacher retirements will cause considerable savings.
    In terms of increasing revenue, with state and federal cuts coming, they will look at local options but Reynolds said there are no details yet.
    “We need to have all our ducks in the line. This is the first step,” Reynolds said.
    For the first year, the parents have the choice of full or half-day programming. Reynolds said they don't anticipate based on the present survey that many will do half-day.
    Regular board meeting
    A possible new Medicaid Program was discussed at the regular board of education meeting March 20.
    The Healthcare Process Consultant (HPC) overseas the Ohio Medicaid Program. They do training needed to Manchester employees which will allow guidance counselors to be licensed. They also work with special education employees who deal with students identified with disabilities needed occupational or  physical therapy.
    They also give monthly reports to show if people are doing what they are supposed to be doing. 
    The reason for considering this program, which would cost $2,500 for a one year contract,  is that it can recoup some costs that occur with the special education program. Another plus is that the HPC will do the paperwork for the district, which board member Jay Hunter pointed out is an otherwise complex process.
    Page 2 of 2 - If approved by the board, along with the last month’s approval for a program that covers catastrophic costs of special education students that exceed $28,000 or $32,000 (depending on plan chosen), the district looks to save around $100,000 during the school year.
    OTHER ACTIONS
    • The board approved the following donations: $200 from the Education Celebration in honor of teacher Sharon Gardner to Nolley Elementary. A donation of $300 from the Manchester Alumni Association to the mock trail team. A donation of $1000 from the middle school to its library. The money came from student Jenna Vincent, who donated her winnings from her essay entered in the 77 kids “KidsRock” competition.
    • The board approved the appointment of James Morehart as the high school varsity softball head coach and Patricia King as a substitute bus driver.
    • Board president Richard Sponseller mentioned that head football coach and high school principal Jim France spoke on 1350 AM recently on coaching, and the interview is available to listen to online at wtam.com.
    • The board thanked the Manchester community for passing the renewal levy March 6.
    • The students of the month for the high school were Jaclyn Eidom and Kyle Daily. The middle School students were Scott Sobnosky, Brock Speedy, Olivia Frye, Lauren Knoebel, Dalton Earich, John Drugala, Ellise Presutto and Kaitlyn Shoemaker.
    UP NEXT
    The next board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. April 18 at the administration building, 6075 Manchester Road.