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District's first 'quality profile' due for release Sept. 15

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The first Hilliard City Schools "quality profile" is scheduled to be released Sept. 15, Superintendent John Marschhausen told the school board Aug. 25.

Marschhausen announced the initiative at his first State of the Schools address in October 2013 as another barometer of the district's strengths and best practices.

Marschhausen also told teachers about the new profile last week during the district's annual convocation.

In other policy matters, Marschhausen said he had been asked by a media outlet to share the district's position on a proposed bill in the Ohio House of Representatives to repeal Ohio's adoption of the Common Core State Standards.

Marschhausen said the district has "no position" on the bill.

Marschhausen called the Common Core standards "the floor, not the ceiling," adding that Hilliard's educators have the ability to write their own curriculum.

"I have faith in our teachers (and) we will just keep on doing what we're doing and doing it well," he said.

Marschhausen also reported the district's enrollment has reached 16,100 students, including all 13 grade levels and preschool children. Each kindergarten student is counted as one, regardless of whether he or she attends full-day or half-day classes.

In other business Aug. 25:

• Board members approved a resolution authorizing a land-lease agreement with Skyway Towers for the placement of a cell tower near the football field at Davidson High School, 5100 Davidson Road.

The cellular provider would pay the district $28,000 annually for placement of its equipment, said Jeff Franklin, director of business.

• Members of a committee proposing to build a new strength-and-conditioning facility at Davidson High School provided a progress report.

Bruce Vetter, a member of the committee, reported about $100,000 has been raised and the committee expects to begin construction this fall on the first of the project's three phases.

The first phase entails the construction of the 3,689-square-foot facility.

The second phase would include installation of HVAC, water lines, electricity and other utilities.

The final phase would equip the center for the student athletes, Vetter said.

The estimated cost of the first two phases is $130,000.

The final phase would cost about $60,000, Vetter said.

The project has received donations of services and materials provided by some contractors and vendors, he said.

Committee members showed plans to board members and said the committee expects to obtain building permits soon, Vetter said.

"I've seen a lot of starts but no finishes; this time we can see a finish line," Assistant Superintendent Tim Hamilton said.

Nathan Bobek, Davidson athletics director, credited the committee with "working tirelessly" to make the dream of a conditioning facility a reality.

"I think it's wonderful you're stepping up to provide this," board President Andy Teater told committee members.

• Davidson head baseball coach Justin Swallie and parent Doug Landenberger appealed to the board to consider funding repairs at the school's baseball field.

Landenberger, president of the parents club for the Wildcats baseball team, provided photos of fences that tilt 20 to 25 degrees and other deteriorating infrastructure.

"We want the kids to have the best possible facility," Swallie said.

Board member Doug Maggied advised them to get complete estimates for Franklin and Hamilton to review but also to work with Davidson's athletics boosters.

"(We) can evaluate (the estimates) and go forward from there," Maggied said.

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