The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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January 22, 2014

Medina School Board approves modules

Medina Journal-Register — The Medina Central School District School Board approved the costs for the English Language Arts modules for grades three through six at its meeting Tuesday night.

The cost for the modules is associated with their printing at the state level, and since much of what is found on the state tests comes from the modules the board moved forward on the issue.

However, Superintendent Jeff Evoy noted that the modules should not be looked at as the only thing used in classrooms.

“They are a framework,” he explained. “They are materials used in instruction, and not everything will be found in modules.”

Evoy further stated how teachers are still encouraged to supplement their lessons with other materials they determine work in their respective classrooms. Department meetings help them in this regard. 

“We’re never going to take all the tools out of a teacher’s tool box,” Evoy added. “If the (standardized) tests are coming from the modules, then the students need to be taught what’s found in them.”

Earlier in the meeting, board member Chris Keller took the oath of office as board president. He replaced Carol Heiligenthaler, who took a new job. Due to her new employment status, she felt it best to step down so that someone with more time to devote to the board could serve as its president.

Keller said he was looking forward to “keeping the football rolling down the field” and pushing the Medina Central School District in a positive direction.

As the meeting neared its conclusion, board member Rosalind Lind announced her resignation effective July 1. Keller praised her for her dedication and attention to detail.

“I know we didn’t see eye to eye all the time, but you’ve been a real positive member on this board,” Keller commented. “You helped bring the district back to the right course, you asked a lot of questions, and you were a good ‘watchdog’ for us. You’ll be missed.”

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