The New Albany-Plain Local school board heard special presentations during its Monday meeting. Ohio Model United Nations members, Metro High School staff and students and a group that will perform for Black History Month attended the meeting.

The New Albany-Plain Local school board heard special presentations during its Monday meeting.

Ohio Model United Nations members, Metro High School staff and students and a group that will perform for Black History Month attended the meeting.

As part of New Albany High School principal Scott Stewart's presentation, social-studies teacher Darryl Sycher, adviser to the school's Model U.N. club, said his students recently attended a conference to represent their chosen country, Zimbabwe.

Students were able to make resolutions and vote on solutions for their country, he said.

Bob Bowers, CEO of Educational Council, along with Marcie Raymond, the principal of Metro High School, also told the board about events going on at the early college-option high school that serves 16 districts in Franklin County, including the New Albany-Plain Local schools.

"Over the years, it has been a vehicle for the 16 districts to come together though the shared programming," Bowers said. "Our key service is developing innovative programming and tools so we can do more projects together in a cost-efficient manner."

Raymond said students who attend Metro High School still are students at New Albany High School.

"We are working with your kids in a little bit different manner," she said. "The students are taught all of their subject areas for graduation at Metro. The partnership there is very deep and very rich."

Superintendent Steve Castle said seven New Albany-Plain Local students attend Metro High School and are in their third year there. The district pays for a number of seats at the school each year.

Castle said he hopes to build a deeper partnership with the alternative school.

"We've talked a lot as a board about shared programming and maybe some satellite programs here on the campus," Castle said.

He cited sharing resources for learning Mandarin Chinese as an example.

Board member Peter Horvath said Metro High School is one example of how the NA-PL district could grow.

"I think this is the exact kind of presentation that demonstrates how much more there is to be had in a school district," he said. "There is a gap between here and there that could certainly be addressed."

Sean Hooper, a special-education teacher who is heading up the Black History Month commemorations, gave school board members a taste of what district students would see Feb. 25.

Board members saw a performance by a group of dancers, a student poet and an a cappella group.

The groups will perform for students in the 2-5 building, at the middle school and at the high school Wednesday.