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Marschhausen to address weighted GPAs on Jan. 27


Hilliard Superintendent John Marschhausen said Jan. 13 he plans to share the school district's recommendation concerning a policy for weighted GPAs at the next board meeting set for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at Memorial Middle School, 5600 Scioto Darby Road.

Marschhausen told board members a few details remained to be smoothed out but he expected to present a recommendation Jan. 27 and encouraged parents and community members to attend the meeting.

At issue is a policy the district has been mulling concerning a retroactive application of weighted GPAs for honors-level high school and middle school classes.

Honors-level classes are a step between standard classes and Advanced Placement classes. Weighted GPAs historically have been applied to AP classes, but were not applied to honors classes until this year.

At a board meeting earlier this school year, parents argued the new policy is unfair to students enrolled in the same classes last year who performed at the same level, yet will have a lower GPA to show for the effort.

In another ongoing study, Marschhausen said, individual groups that have been meeting as part of a larger technology task force will convene at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Davidson High School to share their findings.

The technology task force is a cross-section of students, staff members and residents meeting to determine what kinds of technology, including hand-held personal electronics, should be made available to students and how to ensure equal access to such technology.

In other business Jan. 13:

* Marschhausen advised board members the administration, if necessary this winter, would utilize two-hour delays in order to conserve the district's allotment of five calamity days.

The district has used three calamity days so far.

"We know there is some historical opposition to two-hour delays," Marschhausen said.

He said district officials would do all they can to provide advance notice to parents and guardians when they know extremely cold weather or morning rush-hour precipitation is forecasted.

* District officials recognized two new "master teachers" and five others whose master teaching certificates were renewed.

Since 2008, a total of 149 Hilliard teachers, either through National Board Certification or the Ohio Master Teacher Program, have been designated master teachers.

Angela Davoll, a teacher at Hilliard Station Sixth Grade School, Memorial Middle School and Bradley High School, and Shawn Malone, a teacher at the McVey Innovative Learning Center, Tharp Sixth Grade School, Weaver Middle School and Davidson High School, are the district's newest master teachers.

Jay Cauley of Weaver Middle School, Jean Shackle of Memorial Middle School, Amy St. Pierre of Britton Elementary School, Debbie Bryant of Avery Elementary School and Samantha Bortz of the Hilliard Preschool were recognized for renewing master teaching certificates.

* Prior to the start of the meeting, a short organizational session was held.

The three members re-elected to new terms in November were sworn in: Paul Lambert, Andy Teater and Lisa Whiting.

Teater was re-elected president of the board and Heather Keck was elected vice president.

* Board members also approved meeting dates for 2014 and a battery of authorizations, including approving memberships in a variety of organizations and appointments to advisory boards.