School board gets a math lesson

STEUBENVILLE – City school board members received a lesson in eighth-grade math and a demonstration of the Power Teaching Partnership at Harding Middle School Wednesday evening during the monthly board meeting.

Facilitator Tiffany Pierro told the board members the school has joined the official Power Teaching i3 Partnership with Old Dominion University and John Hopkins University.

According to Pierro, “Power Teaching is a research-based, multiple-day teaching framework that uses proven instructional strategies to increase student achievement. The research has shown students have improved achievement, increased retention, positive peer relationships, increased motivation, high self-esteem, an increase in task behavior and better attitudes.”

And after Pierro’s introduction, two teachers and eight students showed the school board how the program is helping them learn math.

“Wow,” declared city resident Sandi Rue, “what happened to 2 plus 2. These kids are very advanced.”

During the hour-long meeting the board approved several personnel moves, including accepting the resignation of Claudia Holmes as a class size reduction social worker and approved Holmes as a social worker in the school district.

In other business, the board:

– Approved a pay raise from $75 a day to $100 a day for Eric Bentley as an interpreter for the hearing impaired for the school year.

– Agreed to hire Joy Clements of Toronto as an assistant treasurer for the school district.

– Approved a supplemental coaching contract for Fred Heatherington as head baseball coach.

– Approved additional substitute teachers for the school year, including Ashley Bendle, Whitney Goff, Lana Kincaid, David Lalich and Jared Robinson.

– Approved Anne Nehrbas, Travis Wolfe, Philip Stoutz and Joshua Jackson as lifeguards for the Steubenville High School Natatorium.

– Approved hiring Ashley White, Raylee Davis and Miranda Barnhart for the Big Red Works program.

– Approved a list of certificated and non-certificated personnel to serve as after-school tutors, computer lab tutors, Title I tutors and aides for the latchkey program for the school year.

The board agreed to pay Comcast Spotlight $1,715 for advertising and approved a $650 contract with the Ohio School Boards Association for updates to the city school board policy handbook.

A rental agreement was approved with the Kester School of Dance to rent the high school auditorium for a dance recital on June 7-8.

Financial donations from the Friends of Steubenville High School Fine Arts were accepted for the Steubenville High School orchestra for $1,000; high school art department, $1,000; and high school choir, $5, 000.

The board accepted a $1,000 donation from the Pugliese West PTO for the Pugliese West Principal’s Fund.

And approval was granted for a revised contract with PSI Associates Inc. to provide services to non-public schools for the 2013-14 school year through the auxiliary service program.

The board met in an executive session to discuss a student discipline issue.