Phyllis Alder retires after serving several years

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The London Academy board of directors met Monday evening, minus one member.

Phyllis Alder, a board member for several years, has retired from her position on the board of directors, officials announced.

Board members are now looking to fill the vacant seat.

Board president Donna Cooper said anyone eager to make a difference in the lives of the academy’s students as a board member is encouraged to send a resume, either by U.S. Mail or email to principal Pauline Swan, 40 S. Walnut St., London, OH 43140; pauline.swan@london.k12.oh.us.

Swan said some openings also exist on the staff. One of those is a teacher, who is special education certified to do “transition work.”

“The students need someone to check on them,” Swan said.

That teacher would help students with disabilities to move to next phase of life, whether it’s training or work program. The person would introduce the students to work opportunities beyond high school or training opportunities for those who are currently working.

Swan said the teacher would be “preparing them for live beyond high school.”

Ideally, the teacher would also assist the students in career based intervention (CBI), as an in-class component, in which the teacher would work with the student to ensure he/she is keeping up with academic work, resume writing, application support “with the goal of the kid finding a job,” Swan said.

Swan said someone is needed to take a group of students to a business and have that businesses’ human resource person talk to them about working there and forging relationships.

Swan also said a school psychologist is needed two days per week. She asked the board to “look for someone part-time.” She said if London City Schools hires a school psychologist, the academy could “buy hours.”

A school psychologist is needed to fill out evaluation team reports (ETR), which are conducted on students with disabilities Swan said.

Regarding student attendance, Swan said students need to attend 26 hours per week for the entire term to fulfill a requirement of 945 hours.

“We can’t excuse absences,” she said. “Even in absences, the work needs to be made up.”

In other business, the board approved:

• Hiring Michelle Cashner at math tutor and provide computer assistance to academy students for 20 hours per week at $25 per hour.

• A supplemental contract for Melissa Truck as coordinator of special needs for the 2014-2015 school year at $1,800 per semester.

• Numerous changes to the student handbook, including provisions to the honor code.

The board’s next meeting will be at 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20.

London Academy is a conversion community school that works cooperatively with London City Schools (its sponsor) to provide a education opportunity for students who may be functioning outside the regular public school setting or may benefit from a more independent educational experience.

The academy serves grades 9 through 12. The population includes home schoolers, children with special medical, physical and mental needs, students removed from the regular classroom for disciplinary reasons, and students who need an alternative to the traditional system for a variety of reasons.

Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1617 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.

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