Editor’s Note: This is part one of two articles about the Piqua City Schools Board of Education meeting that took place on Thursday.
PIQUA — The Piqua Central Intermediate School building is showing progress, with the building near completion and principal Jake Amlin reporting special programmings to be in place for the coming school year at the Piqua City Schools Board of Education meeting on Thursday.
“With the three schools coming together, we get to really redefine what we do and who we are,” Amlin said. “It’s a really neat way to not just serve content to students, but extend into the lives of our children and community.”
Amlin used the example of providing a student diabetes group that supports students with diabetes and also stated in the report that there are four additional aides added to the staff to help instruct students participating in Dr. Robert Cannady’s scheduling model practiced at PCS that provides intensive intervention to students struggling with reading and writing.
“It’s been an exciting summer,” Amlin said. “(Piqua Central) is starting to feel like a school.”
“The community may not see a lot that is going on with principals, staff and administration,” said Lori Webster, board president. “There is a lot going on to get the schools ready.”
Curt South, business coordinator and building project manager said the building is “on schedule, and on budget.” South mentioned the dedication to the PCIS had a good turn out. The inside of the building and playground are near completion and grass seeds are in place in the school yard.
The turn lane project at Springcreek Primary will have 6 feet of asphalt pavement on either side of turn lane, and will have a center lane to allow buses to pass through with ease. The turn lane is to be completed by the end of the year, South said.
The remaining unused buildings are currently under asbestos abatement and will be followed by demolition over the next four weeks. Nicklin Learning Center will begin demolition next week, with Favorite Hill Primary and Wilder Intermediate to follow in two weeks. Bennett Intermediate will be demolished in three weeks, and High Street Primary in four weeks. The demolitions are to be completed by Christmas.
It was announced during the board meeting that there will be a board member election in November, due to members Frank Patrizio and Lori Webster’s two-year terms being completed. Webster has served the board for 13 years and decided to not run for office again.
“These are my final months, I will not seek reelection,” Webster said.
Those interested in the position are instructed to go to the Miami County Municipal Court to retrieve a petition at the board of elections offices and obtain signatures. For additional information, contact the PCS board office at (937) 773-4321.
Superintendent Rick Hanes gave an update to the Straight A Grant, that aids students in K-1 with Chromebooks to use at home and in the classroom. There were previously 120 students sent home with Chromebooks with no damages and only minor issues reported, such as login and working with accounts.
“Our goal is to have 600 plus devices not only ready, but used as quickly as possible in classrooms and at home,” Hanes said.
Because the grant has funded a significant amount in technology, Chromebooks will be accessible to intermediate students as well.
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