July 8, 2014

The Tomorrow Center Board of Directors enjoyed a presentation by Dominique Adkins, Literacy Coach at the June 9, 2014 board meeting.

Adkins shared data from the students which show improvement in the areas of reading and math with seventh grade demonstrating the largest growth as a whole. Adkins attributes this to the Read 180 program.

The data also showed Tenth grade scores have improved a great deal. Adkins noted that 62 percent of students have passed their reading OGT ‘s with some students testing in the accelerated range, Social studies has shown some advanced scores social studies and Math is also showing improvement.

Adkins relayed some of the programs and activities that have helped increase learning at the center, Family Literacy Night, The Historical Society, COSI on Wheels, and a Reading Fair similar to a science fair were just a few that she mentioned.

She shared the plan for the 2014/2015 school year. “They (the students) have laptops and the school, if granted permission by the board, will purchase a program called “Natural Reader” which will convert text to speech for those students who struggle with reading.: said Adkins. She noted that they will be adding intervention specialists in the resource room, will continue team meetings for professional development, continue sports, and purchase a program called Benchmark Assessments which she says willl better assess the students needs and progress.

In other business, the board accepted, with regrets, the resignation of Jennifer Warga as a board member of the Tomorrow Center Board of Directors effective May 21, 2014.

The board approved the appointment of Mr. Mark Travis as interim board member effective June 9, 2014. (Central Ohio Mental Health)

With the resignation of Warga, the position of Vice president was left vacant. Board member Donald Wick was elected Vice-President for the 2014 calendar year.

The board also accepted the resignation of Trevor Gummere as treasurer of the Tomorrow Center effective July 31, 2014 and initiated the process of hiring a treasurer for the Tomorrow Center.

The board approved the following: Post Secondary scholarship donation for $250.00 from Hicks and Chicks Square Dance Club, Reimbursement Agreement with Central Ohio Mental Health summer activities for a flat fee of $2,000.00 for utilities and custodial services, and the volleyball donation of $75.00 from Cornerstone Alliance Church Marion, Ohio.

The board approved the graduation of the following students who have met the completion of state and local requirements: Jared Treston Gilles, Christopher Michael-Thomas Grubb, Lyle Edward Huggins, Danielle Marie Monroe, Daphne Ann Myers, Brandon Michael Ramey, Cheyanne Tyler Rodriguez, and David Franklin Tittle. This is the largest graduating class so far with next year projected to have 16 graduating seniors. Christopher Michael-Thomas Grubb has been accepted at Defiance College.

The Tomorrow Center School Calendar for the 2014-2015 school year was presented to the board. August 19th will be the first day of school for students and the last day will be May 28, 2015

The next regular board meeting will be held on August 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM.