Regional board honors Piqua BOE member

Luby awarded for outstanding leadership

By Belinda M. Paschal -

PIQUA — Longtime Piqua City Schools educator and board of education member Bob Luby was recognized for outstanding leadership during the board’s meeting on Thursday evening.

Luby, whose career with Piqua City Schools spans more than 30 years — 12 of them spent on the school board — was honored with the Al Kettlewell Award by Ron Diver, southwest regional manager of the Ohio School Boards Association. The late Kettlewell was the previous manager of the southwest region, which is made up of 17 counties including Miami.

“They’re outstanding people. (Diver) pulls things together and makes it an effective organization,” said Luby, whose term on the Piqua BOE expires at the end of this year.

“I wish him the best and we’re sorry he’s leaving,” Diver said. “I really appreciate his input and representation of Miami County.”

Also during the meeting, Piqua Junior High School Principal Jeff Clark and Assistant Principal Chad Albers gave an academic update on the school’s progress with Tier 1 instruction and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).

The school’s focus on Tier 1 instruction — general instruction for all students, usually synonymous with the core reading or math curriculum that is typically aligned with state standards — includes goal-setting by teachers and using data collection tools to monitor what students are doing in the classroom and look for strengths, weaknesses and trends.

Using graphs and pie charts, Clark showed the data collected, which included such information as whether or not teachers were actively facilitating students learning (90 percent of 60-plus respondents answered “yes”) and whether high-level questioning occurred in the classroom (52.3 percent of 65 respondents said “yes,” while 47.7 percent said “no”).

Albers addressed the effectiveness of PBIS, which encourage respect, responsibility and kindness, and rewards students for appropriate behavior. He said the decrease in incident reports and issuing of demerits indicate the approach is working.

In light of the passage of the district’s renewal operating levy in the Nov. 7 general election, Superintendent Dwayne Thompson said he appreciated voters’ confidence in the levy and that “we can continue the great progress we have without any additional taxes from the citizens.”

More than 65 percent of voters — totalling 2,330 votes —cast their ballots in favor of the five-year, 5.42-mill levy.

Thompson also congratulated newly elected BOE members Sean Ford and Kelly McMaken, who will take their seats on the board in January.

Other topics Thompson touched on included:

• The Piqua High School show choir — known as The Company — will hold its premiere and clinic on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the high school. The event will feature choreographed numbers, a classic show choir ballad, and the premiere of The Company’s 2017-18 contest show. Children in grades 1-8 from Piqua and the surrounding area will participate in the performance. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $5 for adults and $3 for students, available at the door the night of the show.

• The district’s senior citizens’ breakfast, which will take place Saturday, Dec. 2, at Piqua Central Intermediate School. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the Piqua High School show choir will perform at 9 a.m. The breakfast is free to all senior citizens who reside in the school district.

The board also approved several donations, including a $12,000 gift from the Coca-Cola Company, which is in a partnership with Piqua City Schools.

Assistant Superintendent Tony Lyons noted that positions with the district are open, including bus drivers and food service, as well as a permanent third-shift custodian position. Those interested in applying should contact Lyons at 773-4321.

The school board’s next meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at Piqua High School.

Luby awarded for outstanding leadership

By Belinda M. Paschal

Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341 or

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