(Posted March 22, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The facilities at Madison-Plains Local Schools are aging. Superintendent Chad Eisler is resurrecting a committee formed two years ago to discuss the future of the facilities – whether that means repairs, renovations, and/or construction. The committee was put on hold during the pandemic.
“We’re at the point where we have some significant needs, so we are reconvening the committee,” Eisler said at the school board’s March 15 meeting
A small group will begin meeting in April to get discussions started. Later on, the group will expand to include more people to help determine what direction to take.
“I want as many people to be a part of this as possible,” Eisler said.
In addition to addressing building needs, the group will talk about options for repairing the outdoor track. The playground equipment needs attention, too.
Some of the repairs, renovations or construction will be years in the making; some are more immediate needs, said board President Mark Mason.
COVID-19 reporting changes
The Ohio Department of Health has changed its requirements regarding reports of positive COVID-19 cases. School districts no longer need to:
• maintain a COVID-19 reporting system for parents to report positive cases;
• have a designated COVID-19 coordinator;
• report positive cases among staff, students and coaches to parents;
• report to the local health department, unless the school district tests a student and the result is positive.
As of March 15, the district had four suspected cases of COVID-19 and no confirmed cases, according to Superintendent Chad Eisler.
“With the numbers being so low around the state, things are beginning to return to a more normal, pre-COVID form of operation,” Eisler said.
Learning about career options
The school board approved a three-year agreement with Tolles Career and Technical Center to provide career exploration programming at the junior high and high school starting next school year.
The goal is to offer a semester of the programming to students in grades 7-8 and a year of programming to freshmen or sophomores. Tolles hopes to implement these satellite courses–“Career Explorations” and “Launching Your Career”–at each of its partner school districts.
“It will expose (students) to a lot of different things. I think it’s a good thing for Madison-Plains students,” Mason said.
The board approved the hiring of Jim Noble as a substitute bus driver. The board accepted the following resignations: Dillan Rice, head coach for grades 7-9 boys’ track; Aaron Pertuset, head coach for boys’ varsity soccer; Elizabeth Robinson, bus driver; and Shelby McCarty, agriscience teacher.
Eisler recognized Kay Riegel, math specialist for grades K-6, as the Madison-Plains employee of the month. A Madison-Plains graduate, Riegel has worked for the district for 32 years ago. She spent 19 years as a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher at Mount Sterling Elementary and two years at Midway Elementary. When the district consolidated onto one campus, she taught third grade for 10 years. She took on the role of math specialist this year.
“Mrs. Riegel has touched the lives of many students at Madison-Plains over the course of her career, and her dedication and desire for education does not go unnoticed,” wrote Principal Brad Miller.
“You can see that she is a teacher who loves teaching, and she teaches children to love learning,” wrote Melanie Moss-Lenz.
The board’s next regular meeting will take place at 7 p.m. April 19 in the district meeting room at the elementary school.