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Canal Winchester schools

Boyer praised by auditor's office


District Treasurer Joyce Boyer received an Auditor of State Award with Distinction at the Canal Winchester Board of Education's June 17 meeting.

Kevin Servick, central Ohio regional liaison for the state auditor's office, made the presentation and told the board that the auditor's office reviews the ledgers of more than 5,700 government entities.

Of that number, only about 100 receive an award with distinction, he said.

"The award is given for clean and accurate record-keeping," Servick said.

Also at the June 17 meeting, Superintendent Jim Sotlar reminded members a new state report card will be used to evaluate the district, starting in August.

The new evaluation system, according to the Ohio Department of Education website, will give letter grades in nine categories, but will not give the district an overall rank.

By August 2015, the number of categories for evaluation will be reduced to six: achievement, which measures absolute academic achievement compared to national standards of success; progress, which measures whether students gain more or less than a year's knowledge in a school year; gap closing, which measures how well a school or district is doing in narrowing gaps in reading, math and graduation rates among students according to socioeconomic, racial, ethnic or disability status; graduation rate, which looks at the percentage of students who entered ninth grade and graduated in four and five years; literacy, which measures improvement in reading for students in kindergarten through third grade; and prepared for success, which measures whether students who graduate are prepared for college or a career.

No overall grades will be given to districts until August 2015.

In the meantime, Sotlar told the board that officials are waiting on legislators to hammer out the state budget so they will know what Canal Winchester schools can expect from the state over the next two years.

In addition to monitoring budget progress at the Ohio Statehouse, Sotlar expressed interest in the outcome of House Bill 107.

"Basically, what it is doing is authorizing a tax credit to businesses that employ a high school student as an intern," he said. "It's one of the things we have talked about, providing them (students) with opportunities at the high school level to explore those career paths they might want to go down."

In other business, the board accepted the retirement of Michael Bruning, effective July 1.

Bruning, former principal at Winchester Trails Elementary School, served as director of operations during the past school year.