SW Local Schools: 6th Grade On The Move, Blizzard Bags, HHS AD Retiring
By Mike Perleberg
(Harrison, Oh.) – The Southwest Local Schools Board of Education decided on a class relocation, school work on snow days, and the retirement of a longtime employee Thursday.
On a 5-0 vote, the school board made the decision to move all 6th grade students from Crosby, Harrison, Miamitown, and Whitewater Valley elementary schools to Harrison Junior High School starting next school year.
The move which had been studied for much of the past year puts 6th through 8th graders in one building, said Superintendent Chris Brown.
“Curriculum was the main reason. Grade bands in Ohio are 6-7-8. We can get much broader and in-depth (with curriculum) this way,” Brown said.
Board members also unanimously voted to approve a “blizzard bag” program. The plan to give students work to accomplish on snow days will allow Southwest Local Schools to make up snow days without having to schedule extra days on the end of the school calendar.
As Brown explained, teachers will develop about two days worth of coursework for students to complete online, or printed worksheets will be provided. Students will have 10 days to complete and turn in their “blizzard bag” assignments.
If 80 percent of students turn in their assignments within the 10 day period, it will count as one complete school day.
Lastly, the school board accepted the retirement of longtime William Henry Harrison High School athletic director Mike Schiering at the end of the current school year. Schiering has been with the Southwest Local Schools for 35 years, serving the past 21 years as the high school AD.
“He’s one of the best there is,” Brown said.
Brown said the vacant high school athletic direction position will be posted internally as soon as Friday.