Ashland City School’s Board of Education held a special meeting Thursday evening.  Topics included the district's online learning plan and an update to the high school's graduation policies that will affect students in 10th grade and younger.

ASHLAND -- Ashland City School’s Board of Education welcomed a new member on Monday night, Dr. Fred Gingrich. 

Gingrich is an alumnus of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and serves as the executive director for the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.

In other business, Ashland High School principal Josh Packard detailed the school’s update to the state’s graduation requirement policy. The change will help students who do not perform well on tests and instead rewards students with specialized skillsets. According to Packard, this assistance could be the difference maker for 3 to 5% of students who struggle with test-taking.

The new academic pathways will affect the class of 2023 and beyond. Current juniors and seniors will continue with the same graduation plan they have been working towards.

Linda McKibben, director of curriculum at Ashland City School district, also outlined the remote learning plan for the upcoming school year.  A prime topic of discussion was the district’s attendance policy. McKibben stated that it's crucial for students to be present during online class meetings.

Students will still take state assessments during the 2020-2021 school year. Teachers will also be providing specific feedback to students and parents to improve the communication and success rate.

McKibben expressed confidence that teachers will adapt and rise to the occasion as needed.

“Everything we’ve been challenged with, we’ve figured out, and we will continue to,” McKibben said. “The problem-solving that went on last week was tremendous.”

Board member Zack Truax challenged parents of students participating in online learning to take their role as their child’s educator seriously.

“I think it’s important that if your child is a remote learner staying at home, you have accepted that mantle of responsibility that our teachers take on when our kids walk through the door,” said Truax. “The teacher is the leader in the classroom.

“If your child is at home, you’re now the leader in the classroom, and you should own that responsibility and understand what it is. Of all the things that are dangerous to public health, an uneducated youth is probably the most dangerous thing to public health.”

The online learning plan can be altered if necessary.

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