Prepared Text for Board Meeting Ė
Marc A. Schare†
Tonight, I have two comments. †
First, I want to comment
on Governor Stricklandís State of the State address. Two weeks ago, I mentioned
that my fondest legislative wish for our district is that the
Itís interesting that the
Governor commented that the state increased education funding by 600 million
dollars and provided funding for 250 new schools. Of that money,
Letís start with the Senior to Sophomore proposal. With the boardís indulgence, this is quoting directly from the State of the State address:
Building on the existing Post Secondary Enrollment Options plan, today I am announcing that I have directed the Chancellor to give every twelfth grader who meets the academic requirements a choice of spending their senior year in their home high school, or spending it on a University System of Ohio campus.
Tuition for the year will be free.
We will begin enrolling students in this plan for the upcoming school year.
So much for the state leaving us
and our funding alone. If the Governorís plan is truly built on the Post
Secondary Enrollment Options plan,
The governorís second major
proposal is the replacement of the state board of education with a cabinet
level position. His proposal is rich with irony because when
The second thing that I wanted to briefly mention was that Melissa, Charlie, Jennifer and I attended the library retreat on Friday Night. At the retreat, we learned of an online library cataloging system from OCLC called ďWorldcatĒ which is available online at worldcat.com. The system is far easier to use than discovery place and includes materials from surrounding libraries, but wouldnít it be ideal if we could figure out how to get the contents of our 18 school district libraries into this system. If a book is not at Slate Hill but is available at the Northwest library, it would be great if we can get that book to the kid that needs it. Perhaps at some future board meeting, we might get a presentation on the school district library system and how we might best take advantage of everything Worthington Libraries has to offer.