Ogden School Board District 4 candidates focus on teachers, access

Jeff Wick

While the trio said that the traditional method of learning, i.e. reading and writing, is still very important, they also maintain that this kind of hands-on approach will better prepare their students for a future where STEM (science, technology, engineering and match) jobs, like computer programming and software development, will be in high demand.

Wood said that he felt that it would be foolish not to build core spaces that are larger than the minimum because it would be hard to expand the core spaces once the building is finished.

Last month, the board agreed to hire an additional assistant principal to allow both Franklin and Carpenter elementary schools to have a full-time No. 2 administrator. "I think there's a lot of opportunities to improve how teachers are empowered". Donnelly also has a background in teaching students with disabilities, Heinz said.

"They also resolved to review appropriate compensation for employees, receive training around the obligations of a board to avoid impermissible employment discrimination, receive implicit bias training, and support measures in place throughout the District which are created to preclude discrimination from occurring", Obeng said.

Piper is now the superintendent of Triad Local Schoot District in North Lewisburg, Ohio, and has served there for the past four years.

"We're still struggling with the ramifications of those decisions", Marchese said.

In December, parents objected to a proposal that would have had special education students start middle school one year early.

With the district now having chose to proceed, district residents should try to put disagreement, uncertainty and fears to rest.

"This plan-at $114 million, $115 million, $127 million is already a compromise", Marchese said.

The tax levy would increase by 1.9 percent, to $12.23 million, which is well under the district's 4.3 percent tax cap.

At a special board meeting on that latter date, then-Chairman Mark Porter accused fellow school commissioner Jeff Wick of racial bias over some remarks Wick had allegedly made in a private conversation and because of Wick's voting record, including a vote not to renew Superintendent Yaw Obeng's contract.

He said he'd like to focus more on providing support to teachers in the school district as opposed to just focusing on infrastructure repairments. The students are also taught to take only the amount of food they will eat instead of too much.

The Title I awards from the DPI honor schools that receive funding from Title I, which is awarded to schools serving families with economic disadvantages. The sessions feature a half hour talk addressing the state of the district, with an hour-long in-depth question and answer session. School board member Lynn Weber said that she thought the school building improvements could be achieved at the $102 million spending level.

First, the school board, despite the 5-4 vote that gave the project the go-ahead, is right to embrace a build-it-right-the-first-time attitude. The school board is expected to vote on the plan at its next meeting on Thursday, April 26.

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