BRADFORD — Students and staff were recognized during a Bradford Exempted Village Board of Education meeting Thursday, November 16.
The Student Spotlights went to the following: third-grade students Keith Gaines and Jasmine Brown, Middle School student Trevor Nance and High School student Noah Hamilton. According to third-grade teacher Rob Grillot, Gaines was recognized for his continued hard work.
“Since the beginning of the school year, I have noticed tremendous growth from Keith,” Grillot said. “His attitude in the classroom has been great, he smiles when it’s time to learn something new, he volunteers to answer questions and join classroom discussions more frequently, and when it’s time to get to work, he gets right down to business.”
According to third-grade teacher Katie Hoehne, Jasmine Brown is an excellent role model for her peers.
“Even if others are not as respectful to Jasmine, she continues keeping a peaceful attitude and shows respect to everyone,” Hoehne said.
Trevor Nance was recognized by Bradford Secondary School Principal Matt Triplett. According to Triplett, Nance had requested to play the “National Anthem” on his guitar for the Veterans Day school assembly, and was granted permission to do so.
“It makes us proud to have such an outstanding student that has the courage to play individually in front of more than 200 of his peers,” Triplett said.
Noah Hamilton was recognized by Bradford High School teacher Sharon Moore. Noah recently won $500 as winner of a billboard contest about texting and driving.
“Noah is part of the publications class, has written newspaper articles and participated in the Roader Shows,” she said.
The Staff Spotlights went to the following: Intervention Specialist Tina Schmitz and High School teacher Sharon Moore, who teaches computer, personal finance classes and a publication class. Schmitz was recognized for her diligence in teaching with a big heart and great compassion, according to school Superintendent Joe Hurst.
“She is a teacher students will remember,” he said.
Sharon Moore was recognized for her dedication over her past 16 years with the district, according to Hurst.
“There are countless stories and awards that she has been a part of throughout her time at Bradford High School,” he said.
In other news, the following items are some of what the board approved: a resolution for the fiscal year 2019 Tax Budget; a contract for the 2015-2017 financial audit with the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office for $15,990; a contract with Meta Solutions for the Progress Book Suite for $724.50, and for core services for Info Ohio for $1,400.70; a Resolution for the Ohio Deferred Compensation Program; and an adoption of a draft plan and policy for the identification and service of children who are gifted. According to Hurst, the state is asking for an elaboration of the policy. The draft is basically clarification on how Bradford’s students are tested to identify if they are gifted, and what is done with the students once the clarification has been made. According to Bradford Secondary School Principal Triplett, the district has 25 gifted students in the middle/high school and three in the elementary school.
In addition, Superintendent Hurst discussed the changes in graduation requirements. Students who entered grade nine between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, have multiple pathways to earn a high school diploma, according to the Ohio Department of Education.
“The requirements have been changed a little to meet state codes and laws, but the actual changes in the state have been there for a few years now,” he said. “We have been preparing for a long time. In fact, when this year’s seniors became freshman, we knew it was coming and we lined things up.”
Lastly, Hurst brought up the The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Capital Conference and Trade Show that took place November 12-14, in Columbus.
“I appreciate and respect the work our school board members do,” Hurst said. “Many of them were able to travel to Columbus with us last week, and spend two days at a conference learning about policies, school boards and the operations of a school. It was really nice to spend that kind of time with our school board members, and for them to be able to give up that kind of time. I don’t know how many of you work with any of our school board members out here, but we are blessed to have a school board that is so positive, and so productive and supportive in the things we do here. I, for one, appreciate all you do. Thank you very much.”