50 apply for Jonathan Alder football coach job

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By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer

Jonathan Alder Local Schools Superintendent Gary Chapman said he received 50 applications for the head football coach position vacated by Steve Coates. Athletic Director Tom Vargo and high school Principal Phil Harris will pare down the list.

 “We hope to have a new coach by the March (school board) meeting,” Chapman said.

The board’s next meeting will be take place at 6:30 p.m. March 10.

In other athletic department news, Jonathan Alder High School junior Nathan Yoder bowled the first perfect 300 game for Alder’s bowling team. The game came in late-season competition. On Feb. 8, in the first round of tournament action, Yoder’s teammate Nathan Whiting, also a junior, matched that with a perfect game of his own. These two games were the only 300 games rolled in the Central District so far this season.

 “That’s pretty impressive,” said school board President Steve Votaw at the board’s Feb. 10 meeting.

Athletic Boosters

The Jonathan Alder Athletic Boosters recently made the following donations:

• Supplies for trainer—$408.96

• Weight room—$2,853.15

• Vertimax for all sports—$3,065.50

• Soccer goals—$5,140

• Bowling tourney entry fee—$160

• Computer for bowling—$256.78

• Motion Pro for bowling—$207.99

• Motivational kit for girls’ basketball—$210.22

• Basketballs for boys and girls—$225

• Batting cage for baseball—$3,719.95

• Bleachers for tennis—$1,940

• Shed for tennis/soccer—$1,069.95

• Camcorder for boys’ basketball—$436

• Victory bell garden completion—$7,000

• Cross country—$2,133

• Wrestling—$1,500.

Mural at Canaan

Artwork created by Canaan Middle School students will be displayed at the Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park Nature Center.

Principal Jamie Pund said students created a mural in an after-school art project which will be unveiled Feb. 18 before being presented to Metro Parks.

The project promotes awareness of wildlife in the park, Pund said. Before starting the project, students made a field trip to the park, which is located in western Franklin County and eastern Madison County. As many as 15 students worked on the mural after school, she said.

New course offerings

Jonathan Alder High School students will have some new course options beginning this fall.

The board approved the addition of an honors world studies course, an economics course in the social studies curriculum, and a revised art program to include classes in studio art, painting, metal design and, if the district can secure a kiln, ceramics. Also new is a reading class designed for high school students who are falling behind, said Misty Swanger, curriculum and instruction director.

Snow days

The district has missed 11 days of instruction due to weather, well over the five days the state allows without requiring make-up days. Chapman praised educators for quick action in developing emergency lessons to cover the lost days.

 “Teachers did a tremendous job in developing the blizzard bags,” he said of the three days’ of assignments made available online. “They were quality assignments.”

The board met Jan. 30 to approve the blizzard bags, assignments students can access online and complete at home. Within days of the meeting, students missed another day of classes because of snow and ice.

Meanwhile, district officials are waiting for state legislators to make a determination whether schools will be excused for some of those lost days.

 “We won’t know for at least a couple of weeks,” Chapman said.

In Columbus, the House and Senate are considering different bills regarding make-up days.

Jonathan Alder will hold school on Feb. 17, Presidents Day, and, if needed, on April 21, the day after Easter.           

School calendars

For the next two years, Jonathan Alder Local Schools’ calendars will mirror those of the recent past.

The 2014-15 school year will begin Aug. 20 and end May 29. The 2015-16 school year will begin Aug. 19 and end May 26.

Classes will be in session 184 days. That will equate to 1,170 hours for high school students, 1,125 hours for the middle school and junior high, and 1,125 hours for elementary school students.

Under state law, beginning with the upcoming academic year, instruction time will be calculated in hours.

The 2014-15 calendar will have a full two-week winter break. The 2015-16 calendar includes an October professional development day that coincides with the Central Ohio Teachers Association meeting.

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