Plans are coming together for the second phase of Jonathan Alder Local Schools’ building program, set to enhance Canaan Middle School and replace Plain City Elementary.
Board members, school administrators and Plain City village representatives are finalizing contract details for a site for the new elementary. Carpenter said he cannot reveal the exact location at this time, but did say it is south of Plain City, off of Plain City-Georgesville Road.
“We hope we have a tentative agreement, but for now we can’t disclose that location until the final agreement is signed,’’ he said.
New Boys’ Tennis Team
Jonathan Alder High School will introduce its first high school boys’ tennis team this spring.
The school board has discussed for several months the advisability of taking on a new program. They gave the go-ahead at their Nov. 17 meeting.
Superintendent Doug Carpenter said a survey of high school students showed that 30 are interested in playing tennis. The program is expected to include varsity and junior varsity teams.
Carpenter gave the board a list of policy recommendations regarding the office of district superintendent. The revisions are meant to better reflect the duties a superintendent faces today, he said.
“Our old policy has been in place here for about 20 years. Today all (school) administrators have much more involvement into management and instructional education in their districts,’’ Carpenter said.
He added that state testing mandates and communication via the district Web site need to be addressed in the revised policy.
Monroe Elementary Honored
Board members commended the staff and students of Monroe Elementary for being named “A School of Promise” by the State Superintendent’s Schools of Promise program, which is administered by the Ohio Department of Education.
The program recognizes schools in which students exceed the state standard of a 75 percent passage rate in reading and/or math.
The next Jonathan Alder school board is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 8 in the board’s meeting room at Jonathan Alder High School.