BACK TO SCHOOL 2009-10
What’s new, who’s new in area school districts this fall?
The 2009-10 school year is about to begin in the Mahoning Valley and western Pennsylvania. Here are some of the new administrative appointments, significant curriculum changes and major renovations students will see as they return to the classrooms. Districts and schools not included either had no changes to report or didn’t respond to The Vindicator’s request for information.
Curriculum: Launching the “Link Crew,” a new freshman orientation program, provides a series of events to help students transition to the high school setting, both from an academic and a social standpoint. Support, connection and a sense of comfort and belonging are keys to the program.
Renovations: Chemistry laboratory renovated with new work stations for students and instructor. The main East/West building corridor and the boys locker room have been renovated as well.
EAGLE HEIGHTS ACADEMY
Administration: Carly Polder, former dean of students for the upper grades, is now administrator for grades 6, 7 and 8. David Boyde, former intervention specialist and athletic director, will be the dean of students for the upper grades as well as retain the athletic director position.
Curriculum: Kindergarten students will have a new math curriculum entitled “enVisionMATH,” that uses both print and digital components to stress critical thinking skills.
Renovations: Students will enter the newly constructed $19 million 7-12 middle school/high school building equipped with geothermal heating and cooling and state-of-the-art security and technology systems. The building will feature one-to-one technology for students as well as enhanced classroom technology.
Curriculum: A new advanced language arts class will be introduced in the 10th grade and the Youngstown State University “College In High School” program will be implemented to help students earn college credit in selected courses.
Administration: Brian Banfield, assistant principal/athletic administrator grades 7-12; Kevin Snyder assistant principal-academics, grades 9-12.
Curriculum: Changing the high school curriculum to meet Ohio’s new core curriculum that includes four units of math instead of three and implements language arts requirements; Continuing the Youngstown State University “College In High School” program to allow juniors and seniors to earn college credit for calculus and advanced chemistry classes; Computer equipment upgrades in all schools.
Renovations: Stadium renovations at the high school are complete at a cost of $2 million.
Administration: Mary Welsh principal.
Curriculum: New computers in each classroom; New mobile computer lab; New educational technology in eight classrooms.
ST. JOSEPH THE PROVIDER
Curriculum: Each classroom is equipped with a computer and teachers will be putting their grades online to allow parents to check student progress.
Administration: Stephen P. Rohan, high school principal.
Renovations: Construction is continuing on the new $38 million, K-12 building which will open in fall 2010, replacing its elementary, middle and high schools.
Administration: Sister Regina Rogers, assistant principal.
Curriculum: The school is implementing a “Freshmen Success Transition Program” to help them adjust to the high school setting. The program focuses on social and religious experiences as well as developing study skills.
Curriculum: A new reading series will be implemented in K-3: High school students will have a series of opportunities to earn college credit through programs with Kent State Salem, Youngstown State University and Stark State College.
Renovations: Site work will begin this fall on a new building complex, and a $400,000 windmill project that will generate about 10 percent of the district’s future electricity needs should be completed by the end of this month. The three low-wing speed turbines in the project will reach a height of 195 feet and generate about 92,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. A nine-month study said the project area has an average daily wind speed of 11 mph, more than enough to produce electricity with the turbines.
YOUNGSTOWN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Curriculum: The school will launch a Special Learner Department this fall, providing services under the Ohio Autism Scholarship program. It provides up to $20,000 annually per child to provide education, speech therapy, occupational therapy and more. The new department will also serve children with mild-to-moderate learning difficulties.
Administration: Karen Green, assistant superintendent for human resources; Beverly Schumann, administrative assistant to the superintendent.
Curriculum: The district will launch a Rayen Early College Middle School this fall to serve as a feeder school for its Youngstown Early College program at Youngstown State University.
Renovations: The new $11 million Volney Rogers Middle School opens this fall on South Schenley Avenue, the 12th building replaced or remodeled under a $190 million rebuilding program. Construction continues on a new $11 million Wilson Middle School on Gibson Street the last new building in the program. The district’s central administrative offices are being relocated from the Irene L. Ward Building to Choffin Career & Technical Center in a cost-cutting
Curriculum: Expanding the “Guided Reading Program” at the primary grade levels.
Renovations: Working on a new playground for the primary grades as the result of a large contribution to the school district.
Administration: Timothy Saxton, superintendent.
Renovations: A new $31.3 million K-12 complex is under construction with a March 2011 completion date, replacing three old buildings.
Administration: Erin Pierce, Howland Springs Primary principal; Kevin Spicher, Howland Middle School principal; Gina Camelli, Howland Middle School assistant principal.
Administration: Debra Graz, Prospect Elementary principal.
Renovations: Phase 2 renovations at Arrowhead Stadium are complete; Work is progressing on the new $26 million junior/senior high school that is to open in Fall 2010.
JOHN F. KENNEDY
Curriculum: Adding advanced placement courses in biology, U.S. history and Latin; Adding Leaders In Language, an online language options program for independent study in Arabic, Chinese and Italian: Offering new Experimental Learning Opportunities in New York, Washington, D.C., Europe and Ecuador: Added educational technology in eight classrooms.
Curriculum: The expansion of daily use of laptop computers by students continues with the inclusion grades 5 and 6 this year; a first-year pre-kindergarten program serving children ages 4 and 5 is being launched.
Renovations: The renovation of 6,000 square feet of mezzanine space will be completed for athletic training, community youth sports programs and storage.
Curriculum: A new school, the Liberty Early Academic Resource Nest, will open within E.J. Blott Elementary for students in kindergarten through the second grade, focusing on foreign languages, drama, dance and a comprehensive wellness program; A $500,000 grant will fund the implementation of a grade 7-11 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) + Arts school to begin in 2010-11.
LIFE SKILLS CENTER OF TRUMBULL COUNTY
Administration: Megan T. Marino, administrator.
Curriculum: Federal stimulus funds used to reestablish full-day kindergarten this year and to allow the waiver of school fees for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.
Administration: Donald Mook, superintendent; David Cappuzzello, high school principal.
Administration: Robert A. Mehno, superintendent; Judith A. Dargay, elementary principal; Mary Rice, elementary guidance counselor.
Administration: Joseph Tucci, assistant high school principal.
Curriculum: Students will participate in a new bullying prevention program in grades seven through 12, completing the kindergarten-through-12th grade implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program; Elementary students will see a new hands-on science program.
Renovations: New, upgraded classroom technology at East and Hempfield elementary schools.
Administration: Jennifer Connelly, elementary principal for Washington Kindergarten Center and Highland Primary Center.
Administration: Dan Bell, superintendent.
Curriculum: Full-day kindergarten will be implemented this year.
Renovation: Renovation of Mercer Area Elementary School will be substantially completed by the first day of classes.
Administration: Alfonso Angelucci, superintendent; Samantha Charles, business manager/board secretary; James Padula, assistant middle/high school principal; Michael Ross, middle school guidance counselor; Christine Cataloni, high school guidance counselor.
Administration: Brian L. Hoffman, high school assistant principal; Todd Anthony and Kelsey Oakes, high school guidance counselors.
Curriculum: Additional educational technology in elementary classrooms.
Curriculum: Elementary schools will implement a new K-4 language arts program; Elementary schools will implemnt the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program for grades K-4.