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State Board of Education to Meet June 11, 12

Release date: 6/8/2012

On Monday at 11:15 a.m., the Board will recognize Ohio’s Green Ribbon Schools and Ohio Schools to Watch (OSTW).

Loveland High School, Hamilton County and North Adams Elementary, Adams County were selected as Ohio’s Green Ribbon Schools’ winners. Energy efficiency, “zero waste” programs in their food service operations and community “eco-friendly” gardens that support local charities are all traits that describe Ohio’s Green Ribbon School state awardees.

Ohio is one of 29 states that participated in the 2011-2012 pilot year of the Green Ribbon Schools recognition program launched by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE). The goal of the program was to recognize schools across the nation where staff, students, officials and communities collaborate to produce energy-efficient, sustainable and healthy school environments.

The Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio School Facilities Commission and the Ohio Department of Health partnered with the Environmental Education Council of Ohio (EECO) to promote, facilitate and select Ohio’s nominees. The State Board also will honor Brenda Metcalf, Executive Director of EECO, for her coordination efforts on Ohio’s application process for the Green Ribbon Schools awards program. Click here for more information on the USDOE Green Ribbon Schools Program.

The Ohio Schools to Watch 2011-2012 designees are Coventry Middle School (Akron); Kings Junior High School (Kings Mills); and Dodge Intermediate School (Twinsburg).

Developed from the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform (National Forum), the OSTW program identifies high-performing, middle-grade schools that are:

  • Academically excellent—challenge all students to use their minds well;
  • Developmentally responsive—sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence;
  • Socially equitable—democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources and supports; and
  • Organizationally well structured – an environment in place to enable the three previously mentioned characteristics.

Learn more about the Ohio Schools to Watch here.

State Board Business Meeting

During the business meeting on Tuesday, the Board will consider the following personnel actions:

  • Resolution to accept the voluntary surrender and to enter an order to permanently revoke the five-year professional kindergarten-elementary teaching license of Debra J. Gamble – Indian Creek Local Schools (Jefferson County);
  • Resolution to accept the voluntary surrender and to enter an order to permanently revoke the permanent high school teaching certificate and permanent vocational education teaching certificate of Larry D. Miller – Delaware City Schools (Delaware County);
  • Resolution to accept the voluntary surrender and to enter an order to permanently revoke the five-year professional elementary teaching license and three-year pupil activity supervisor permit of James M. Thayer – Mount Vernon City Schools (Knox County);
  • Resolution to permanently revoke the three-year pupil activity supervisor permit of Matthew A. Collins – Not currently employed;
  • Resolution to permanently deny the one-year long-term substitute teaching license application of Clarence J. Dade – Columbus City Schools (Franklin County);
  • Resolution to permanently revoke the two-year provisional middle childhood teaching license and five-year long-term middle childhood substitute teaching license of Amanda E. Hill – River Valley Local Schools (Marion County).

Administrative Rule actions to be considered by the Board can be found by visiting education.ohio.gov and searching keywords: Rule Actions.

The State Board of Education has set education policy and directed the planning and evaluative functions of Ohio’s public schools, as well as appointed and evaluated the superintendent of public instruction since 1956. The vision of the State Board is for all students to graduate well prepared for success. The State Board is made up of 19 members, including 11 elected and eight appointed members. The chairs of the education committees of the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate serve as ex officio members.

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