NEW FRANKLIN  Manchester Local School District officials are looking to the future and planning ahead when it comes to curriculum.

During the March 20 board meeting, the district's Board of Education heard an update from Curriculum Director Rachel Willis for the next three years.

Willis said the district has made great strides with technology through the teacher/Chromebook initiative and purchasing more Chromebooks to have for students to use. Having the technology has been critical with assessment requirements being online now. Willis also said a 3-D printer is at the high school and Smartboards are being installed in several classrooms.

She said the facilities look great with new lighting outside of most of the buildings. New cameras have also been added at the middle school. 

The class of 2018 is the first to require the new graduation requirements, which offers a points based system for students to graduate. Willis said the district had a 99 percent graduation rate for the 2016-17 school year.

"With the new requirements, some might not graduate," Willis said. "We are working hard to try to get students what they need in order to graduate."

Superintendent James Robinson said Willis has done an outstanding job creating a blueprint to get kids where they need to be.

In other business March 20, the board:

- Approved accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the Budget Commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the County Auditor.

- Approved a transfer from the General Fund to the Bond Retirement Fund in the amount of $23,069.

- Approved authorizing the execution of a Master Lease Agreement and related equipment schedule between Huntington Public Capital Corporation for a school bus.

- Approved several personnel items.

- Accepted donations from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation in the amount of $3,000 to Manchester Schools and from Christine Lippincott in the amount of $100 to the Manchester Middle School library.

- Heard a Portage Lakes Career Center report from Board Member Cindy McDonald, who said the career center is taking registration for next year. She said the center is also preparing to install a solar panel, which is expected to save up to 60 percent in energy costs.

- Entered executive session to discuss personnel matters with no action taken.

The next Manchester Local Schools board meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. May 17 at the Administration Building, 6075 Manchester Road.