ARCANUM - The Arcanum school district is scheduled to begin its 2014-2015 school year on Tuesday. Superintendent John Stephens said community members will see the school introduce various new staff members, implement the new state-wide graduation requirements for incoming freshman, offer more college-credit courses for high school students and work to update teacher evaluations.
In the elementary school, Amy Ellis will teach fourth grade science and social studies, and Britney Pfanler is the special education aid. Both will begin upon the start of the school year.
Arcanum Middle School will see Marcus Bixler as the principle, Brian Sprada as the athletic director and social studies teacher, Erin Tegtmeyer as the fifth and sixth grade intervention specialist, Abby Moore as the special education aid as well as Ashely Matheson as the elementary and middle school guidence counselor. Arcanum High School will see Colleen Baker teach science. Stephens said the incoming freshman will be the first class to be in compliance with the new state-wide graduation requirements according to Ohio’s new learning standards.
Arcanum High School is also offering more duel enrollment options. Students can take up to 45 college credit hours without leaving campus and at no cost to them. The credits are counted toward college and high school, and are offered through Indiana University East and Urbana University.
“Giving our kids options to take college courses here and be able to get high school credit and college credit is a great stepping stone for them,” Stephens said. “It’s a good option for the kids, it’s a good option for parents in regards to cost.”
The school is also working toward updating its new teacher evaluation system. Stephens said he is excited to begin a new school year.
“We’re excited to begin the new year,” he said. “I look forward to getting the teachers and the kids back in; we’re ready to get going.”