The Switzerland of Ohio Local School District (SOLSD) Board of Education held its regular session meeting on Tues., July 15 at 7 a.m. During the meeting, the board approved the final levy resolution, making it a certainty that the district will seek additional levy funding this November. The ballot language has been decided, and the board will seek a five-year 1% earned income tax levy.
In a large expenditure, the board approved the purchase of new reading and literature textbooks for grades K-8 in the district. The books came at the total cost of $208,546.38. “The one-time oil and gas revenues the district collected last year allowed us to make these critical upgrades in our curriculum,” said SOLSD Treasurer Lance Erlwein. The purchase came after administrators and the board recognized the need to take a step forward in improving curriculum district wide.
As has been the case recently, several community members from the Beallsville area attended, and issues at the school were a much discussed topic.
During his remarks, Superintendent John Hall said that he has received a number of phone calls and questions regarding classroom scheduling at Beallsville High School (BHS). Hall commended the BHS staff and said that next school year’s scheduling is completed. He then turned to BHS Principal Rebecca Hilverding to elaborate on the upcoming class schedule.
Hilverding said that her goal was to align the class schedule at BHS with the rest of the district. She also noted that BHS has new courses, such as economics, not even offered at the district’s other two high schools. Hilverding said dual enrollment courses will be offered during the first two periods of the day. Dual enrollment classes, funded through the Straight A Grant recently received by the district, allow students to take classes via video conference from Ohio University Eastern and earn college credit.
Those in attendance from the Beallsville area, including public participant Larry Stukey, asked about the district’s progress in hiring a curriculum director. Superintendent Hall said the Ohio Valley Educational Service Center (ESC) is working on filling the position. He said board members Ron Winkler, Dave Matz and Jackie Hupp have all contacted ESC Superintendent Chris Keylor to emphasize the importance of the district filling the position.