District also purchases four new buses
GREEN — Green Local Schools will “amplify” the language arts program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade with a new curriculum that combines print and digital learning.
The district’s Board of Education approved the $450,000 purchase of the Amplify program March 21, which will be paid for using Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities Act funds, said Treasurer Eydie Snowberger.
Curriculum Director Carrie Marochino stated Amplify includes electronic books that can be checked out like library books, as well as audio books, author videos, interactive quests and dramatic readings with built-in assessments. The program provides for different levels of learning and allows teachers to easily determine if students need extra help.
She added a committee of 26 teachers and principals across all grade levels reviewed different language arts programs during the past two years before recommending Amplify.
“This is project-based learning to build excitement,” she said, noting that students will be exposed to science and social studies as part of the new curriculum.
“So many of our staff have put in countless hours into deciding on the best program for our kids, socially, emotionally and academically,” said Superintendent Jeffrey Miller.
In financial matters, the board approved the purchase of four 78-passenger school buses at a cost of $375,044. Funds from the Ohio Department of Education’s School Bus Purchase Program will pay $180,000 of the purchase from Rush Truck Center in Akron and the school district will pay for the remaining costs using money from the Permanent Improvement Fund.
The district had to purchase four buses to qualify for the purchase program fund, Snowberger said.
“This will go a long way in terms of improving our fleet,” said Miller.
In other business, the board approved:
• personnel items that included 30 supplemental athletic positions; one certified and six classified employments; and two certified and four classified resignations; and
• two overnight extended student trips for the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
In addition, the board recognized Vivianne Vrotsos, of Green Primary School, as a February Student of the Month, as well as the following March Students of the Month — Camryn Moore, of Greenwood Early Learning Center; Mathias Nyeste, of Green Primary; Trent Rink, of Green Intermediate School; Amauni Gary, of Green Middle School; and Faith Schrock and Jack Paine, of Green High School.
The board also recognized the following people under the Spotlight on Staff program: Pam Anderson, a Green Intermediate science teacher. and Debbie Goldie and Julie Slater, health aides at Green Primary.
The board adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel matters, with no action taken afterward.
The next regular board meeting will take place April 25 at 6:30 pm at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd. The meetings are also streamed live at greenlocalschools.org under “Board of Education” and “Live Meetings.”
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