The South-Western City Schools Board of Education on Sept. 26 heard from officials of 16 school buildings about improvements that contributed to achievements on their individual state-issued building report cards.

The South-Western City Schools Board of Education on Sept. 26 heard from officials of 16 school buildings about improvements that contributed to achievements on their individual state-issued building report cards.

“I’m a little overwhelmed and I feel out of my league from listening to all of you tonight,” said board president Mindy Garverick. “We truly appreciate everything that you do.”

For the second year running, South-Western City School District earned an “excellent” rating on its state report card, meeting 18 out of 26 requirements called “indicators.”

Ranging from lowest to highest, state report card designation levels include “academic emergency,” “academic watch,” “continuous improvement,” “effective,” “excellent” and “excellent with distinction.”

Invited to speak at the meeting were officials of buildings that met two of three state report card performance measurements. One is having a three-point or better performance index increase in a year or a five-point or better increase in the last two years, or a performance index total of 100. Another is above average growth for the value added portion of the report card. The third is meeting the adequate yearly progress portion of the report card.

Many of the buildings’ successes stemmed from methods including use of instructional data, high-quality leadership and a commitment to high expectations, district superintendent Bill Wise said. The district has worked hard to keep “a very clear focus,” he said.

Many school officials said the literacy collaborative program helped their buildings achieve success. In this program, district teachers trained by the Ohio State University serve as coaches and directly work with teachers on classroom practices.

Assistant superintendent of curriculum John Kellogg told ThisWeek he liked the passion each school building brought to their success.

“It was really rewarding to hear them talk about that,” he said.

An increasing number of school buildings are achieving success and providing examples for other buildings, Kellogg said.

“We’re just enhancing our capacity to learn from each other,” he said.

Presenting schools included Alton Hall, East Franklin, West Franklin, North Franklin, Darby Woods, J.C. Sommer, Buckeye Woods, Prairie Lincoln, Richard Avenue, Highland Park, and Finland elementaries, Holt Crossing and Galloway Ridge intermediate schools, Jackson and Norton middle schools, and Grove City High School. Monterey Elementary officials did not attend the meeting.

Also at the meeting, state Rep. Cheryl Grossman commended the district on its state report card performance, and State Board of Education District 6 representative Kristen McKinley presented the district with its banner of excellence on behalf of the Ohio Department of Education.