CASSTOWN — The Miami East Board of Education bid farewell to two of its veteran board members on Monday.
Rusty Miller and Brad Burton both expressed their appreciation to the Miami East district staff and fellow board members. Both Burton and Miller served 12 years on the school board during which the district went under a complete overhaul with a new K-8 building, followed by a new high school building, during their years of service.
President Mark Davis said it was his “sad” honor to present Burton and Miller plaques honoring their years of service at their last meeting.
“Thank you for all your service and we appreciate everything you’ve done,” Davis said.
Miller said it has been an honor and a privilege working with the board for more than a decade.
“It’s been an eye opener,” Miller said. “It’s been a great experience and I’ve always been taught to leave things better than you found it — not that it was in bad shape when I got here — but two new buildings and the current superintendent and treasurer are obviously going in the right direction. I think it’s one of the best districts in the county and statistically-wise it is so.”
Burton said it was an honor to serve on the board and watch Miami East “change, develop and just shine.”
“I think Miami East is a shining example of a fine, small school. I’d put us up against any small school in the state of Ohio — maybe in the country, who knows — but it’s a great place. It’s a great place to raise kids. Great small school. Keep up the good work, folks. It’s been my pleasure.”
The board tapped Brandon Fellers as president pro tem for its reorganizational meeting on Jan. 11. New board members John Demmitt and Mark Iiames will take their seats on the board at the meeting.
Miami East Elementary Principal Brian Rohrer reported to the board about the elementary’s “Response to Intervention” (RTI) teams.
“It’s a way for us as a building to look at how we are differentiating our instruction to the needs of all of our students,” Rohrer said.
Rohrer said the team has highlighted a need for the elementary’s gifted students and have since set goals to improve its program. Rohrer said the elementary building has a great plan in place to help its remedial students and will now seek to strengthen its gifted program.
“It’s going well and we are hoping by the start of next year we have a nice plan in place to where we are focused and ready to go to meeting the needs of all of the students in our building,” Rohrer said.
Miami East Local Schools Dr. Todd Rappold said the elementary building has been doing a nice job identifying needs in all student groups and continues to use data to improve its scores.
Rappold said the district has seen academic growth from its all-day, every day kindergarten program.
Board President Mark Davis said he looks forward to updates as the RTI program progresses.
The board also approved supplemental contracts for a Saturday school intervention program for additional student instruction at the high school. The board approved the following staff members to participate in the program: Kevin Evans, Kristy Hurst, Matt Rutledge, Dan Peterson, Nicolas Britt and Janet Gump. Rappold said more than 30 parents have expressed interested in the program to provide additional instruction, especially for freshmen and sophomore students.
The board also approved Michaealee Whybrew as a reading intervention tutor to be paid at the board established hourly rate using Title I grant funds.
The board also approved to establish an Indoor High School Club Track team and the Miami East high School Home Economics Club. Rappold said about 30 high school students have expressed interested in the club.
“It’s going to be student driven and we’ll see what kind of activities interest them,” Rappold said. “We’ve all discussed from time to time about getting kids involved in activities and this is certainly an activity that has spurned quite a bit of interest at the high school.”
“I’m very happy that we can go one step further into it with a club situation,” said president Davis.
Rappold also reported the district hosted its most successful annual senior citizen dinner with more than 210 in attendance. Rappold said the district may have to move the event to a different area of the school building to handle to large crowd the event draws each year.
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