NEW FRANKLIN  Students at Manchester Middle School have an upgraded space to utilize this year.

During the Nov. 20 Board of Education meeting, the board heard a presentation about the library being transformed into a multi-use space called maker space. The space still has the library and new books are still coming in each week and students are checking them out.

Manchester Middle School technology teacher Shawn Zavodney said he believes it is important that students are still using the library resources.

The space now also includes computers, a green screen, a 3D printer and white board tables that students can write on.

"I would like to thank the schools for allowing us to do this," Zavodney said. "The kids really are taking to this nicely."

He said this gives students skills they can then build upon once they graduate.

With all the technology, Zavodney wants there to be a purpose behind it rather than just printing something on the 3D printer. For example, he said if a class is studying about a certain animal in science maybe it could print that animal on the 3D printer.

In one corner of the room is the green screen where the morning announcements are done. Students use an application on an iPad to create a teleprompter and students make graphics and produce the announcements daily.

Zavodney said each student in the school will have a nine week class to utilize the space.

In other business Nov. 20 the board:

- Approved the student activity purpose statements and estimated budgets for fiscal year 2019.

- Approved an agreement between the Lake County Educational Center Governing Board and the Manchester School Board of Education for the participation in Lake County Educational Service Center Programs.

- Approved a new fund for the DeWine Security Grant.

- Approved the overnight trip for the wrestling team to the Classic Waterloo Tournament from Dec. 14 through Dec. 15.

- Approved the overnight trip for the wrestling team for the J.C. Gorman Wrestling Tournament at Mansfield High School from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8.

- Approved several supplemental appointments and several donations to the district.

- Approved a second reading of a policy for the use of credit cards. Superintendent James Robinson said the treasurer controls the card which has a $10,000 limit. 

- Heard from Manchester Curriculum Director Rachel Willis about the first year of a three year plan the district has focusing on curriculum, facilities and administration. She said the areas the district have been working on include preparing students for state tests, monitoring graduation requirements and upgrading security to all the buildings.

- Heard from Willis also about a new book juniors are reading called "The Shark and the Goldfish". She said it is a short read and helps fit the social needs of students today. Robinson said he thought it was a good book for them as they try to encourage students to read more.

The next Manchester Schools board meeting is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 18 at Manchester High School, 437 W. Nimisila Road.