2009-09-19 / Schools

Lakewood gets 'excellent' rating on state report card

By Scott Rawdon

HEBRON - Lakewood School District Director of Pupil Services Arnie Ettenhoffer is happy his prediction didn't come true. He predicted the school district would receive an "effective" rating based on the Ohio 2008-2009 School Year Report Card.

Ettenhoffer is thrilled the district received an "excellent" rating. The district met 24 of 30 indicators, which usually earns an "effective" rating, but since the district met the "Value Added" component for a third year, the district's rating was bumped up to "excellent."

According to the Ohio Department of Education, if students show better than expected growth in specific subjects for two consecutive years, their district's rating is raised one level. Lakewood qualified.

"We are thrilled to announce for the second consecutive year that Lakewood has earned an 'excellent' designation on the district report card," said Ettenhoffer in a news release. According to the release, "The State of Ohio uses multiple tool to measure both achievement and progress of our students. We are most proud of the accomplishment of our students and staff in the area of Value Added. This component measures if students in grades four through eight are actually making a year's worth of expected or 'typical' progress or 'growth' in the categories of reading and math. We are proud to announce that our students for the last two years have made more than typical growth in these areas."

In other school board news:

• Superintendent Jay Gault said any discussion of implementing a district-wide uniform dress code is on hold at least until after the November 3 vote for an additional 8.9 mill levy. In the meantime, board members will contact other districts with dress codes to determine if they improved academic performance.

• Gault said the district's labor unions would vote whether to implement a zero percent salary increase for all district employees for the 2010-2011 school year. He said the vote is going forward regardless of the levy's outcome. "This levy is not about putting money in our pockets," said Gault, adding that the levy is specifically to replace revenue lost from soon to be eliminated tangible personal property tax.

• Board member Forrest Cooperrider was appointed to the tax incentive review council for two years.

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