Eastern BOE updated on PBIS program

By Martha Jacob –

Eastern Local School District Board of Education met in regular session.
The following information is from the unapproved minutes of the board’s Sept. 12 meeting.
The board heard information about the newly formed Russellville Elementary PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) team. The PBIS team is made up of the following members:
• Michelle Tracy-librarian
• Peggy Vance – paraprofessional, parent
• Dara Andrews – intervention specialist
• Paula Hughes – kindergarten teacher (K-2 rep.)
• Amy Rau – 4th grade teacher (3-5 rep.)
• Dye Lynne Florence – paraprofessional
• Katrina Wagoner – principal
• Dayne Michael – ESC facilitator, parent
PBIS is funded by the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. It builds systems capacity for implementing a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional and behavioral support.
In a report from principal of the Russellville Elementary School, Katrina Wagoner, the students have been working on learning “The Warrior Way” which includes being safe, respect others, act appropriately, value yourself and encourage others.
The kids are also learning about hand-washing and how important it is to kill germs.
Superintendent Filon  read a letter she had received from Governor John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Education thanking the district for its support of the work of Karls Hayslett as a member of the Advisory Committee for the English Language Arts Standards Revision during the past year.
Filon’s legislative report was brief, but touched on State Senator Joe Schiavoni who reacted to the news that the board of the online Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) had voted to convert the online charter school to a “dropout recovery” school effective immediately. Schiavoni commented that if the state allows ECOT to become a dropout recovery school, they will get exactly what they want, peoples tax dollars with fewer strings attached.
Filon also reported that CCP (College Credit Plus) Advisory Council discussed data on the outcomes of program participants in the past school year, along with changes to the program made by lawmakers in the biennial budget.
In other actions taken by the board, the board approved the following items:
• Superintendent Michele Filon to attend the BASA Fall Conference;
• Angela Achor and Janie Day to attend the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference;
• Erica Kenny will attend the Ohio Arts Educational Association Annual Conference;
• Jordan Michael will attend the OMLA 2017 conference;
• Dawn Wallace will attend the Ohio Association of Administration of State and Federal Education Programs Fall Conferrence;
• Ryan Geddes will attend the 29th Annual Ohio School Bus Mechanics Association Workshop;
• At least 12 upcoming field trips were approved.
Following an executive session the following items were approved including:
• Extended day contracts for 2017-2018 were approved for Mandy Barrow, Krista Bihl-Hayslip, Tim Hoagland, Alana Humphrey and Janie Wills;
• Supplemental contracts were approved  for Sara Layton and Paula Hughes, Andy Dotson, Tom Bailey, Rochelle Kelch and Jerod Jodrey.