Students of the Month recognized at meeting

Photo by Brian Stockman
Staff Writer

The Ridgway Area School District's monthly meeting began Tuesday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. The board met in Executive Session and personnel matters were discussed with the solicitor, who was present via video conference.
Once the board returned, the Students of the Month were joined by HS Principal Thomas A. Podpora. Jeannie Allenbaugh School Board Member and Pam Yeager Principal Of FSG. With the cancellation of February's meeting due to weather, both February and March's students were recognized on Tuesday evening. Kindergarten students Ava Buehler and Easton Burkhouse, first-grade students Anson Magnusson and Ella Konrad; seventh-grade student Isabella Ehrensberger and 11th-grade student Julia Schultz; seventh grade Jenna Kasmierski and 11th-grade Isabella Galbo were honored.
Superintendent Heather A. McMahon-Vargas gave a detailed report to the board regarding the current status of several projects she and the executive staff are working on.
The administration is working on reviewing the new graduation requirements. These will affect policies, approved reading lists, handbooks, and course descriptions course guides. The Board can anticipate curricular recommendations in June and curricular policy recommendations in August.
Three retirements are anticipated, one high school and two elementary. The administration is still working through the budget and master schedules to determine staffing needs. The administration will have recommendations for the Board in April regarding the replacement of staff.
Mrs. Buhite has mapped out a K-12 District curriculum. She will be visiting the board in April to present her "Dream Big" plan. It will include at least two AP computer science courses, AP Computer Science Principals and AP Computer Science A.
The technology virus issue is being managed well. At the beginning of February, according to Aaron Simbeck, "we were getting hundreds of cloud care alerts a day. As of this morning, we had 1." The entire district has been reimaged. The middle school chrome cart was deployed. The District, with the support of ACS, is testing solid-state drives as a means to enhance and extend the life of machines. Currently, SSD has been installed in five machines in the FSG lab and Mrs. Buhite is piloting and monitoring those.
The administration is recommending adding a policy committee review meeting in August. There are several weighty curriculum policies we want to review this summer and bring forward to the Board in August.