Educational Options focus of monthly Bucyrus board meeting

Bucyrus Secondary School Dean of Students Martin Schuster shared an update about the Educational Options program during the regular monthly meeting of the Bucyrus City School District Board of Education Sept 27.

The Educational Options program is designed to provide students with opportunities for credit recovery and attainment through the Educational Options Lab, as well as the option for credit advancement through the Virtual Learning Academy and credit flexibility.

“The Educational Options Lab served 32 students throughout the 2017-2018 school year,” Schuster said. “Four members of the Class of 2018 completed their senior year exclusively through online classes, while 11 completed credit recovery work necessary for graduation.”

43 total students completed 60 elective courses through the Virtual Learning Academy. The most popular class in the program during the 2017-2018 school year was applied medical terminology.

“The Virtual Learning Academy and Educational Options labs are hubs of positive energy for our campus,” Schuster said. “Mrs. (Allysen) Coleman leads the Spirit Club from her classroom, and Mrs. (Kaylene) Love leads the High School Student Council from her classroom.”

Following the presentation, the board presented commendations to two groups of students. The first group was Elementary students who participate in the BES Cross Country club. Students receiving commendations included: Charles Miley, Kyle Pifer, Haleigh Pifer, Grace Jackson, Olivia Hardy, Karter Boggs, Sophia Wise, Holly Fry, AJ Griffin, Seth Price, Wyatt Makeever, Micah Burke, Carter Schmidt, Logan Snyder, Issac Makeever and Dakota Beck.

The second group of students recognized were recognized for their local, regional and state accomplishments in the Elks Drug Awareness Program poster competition. Connor Holt and Elijiah Williams each received a commendation from the board for their achievements.

“I’m very proud of all our students for their willingness to participate in programs that are outside of the normal educational day,” Superintendent Kevin Kimmel said. “I want to thank our staff members for their willingness to work with our students in programs like the two recognized during the board meeting. We are lucky to have a staff dedicated to the development of well-rounded students in the Bucyrus City School District.”

The board approved all staff hires for the BEST After-School program during their meeting. The program will kick off at both the Bucyrus Elementary School and Bucyrus Secondary School Monday, Oct. 8.

The board approved all other items on their agenda as presented, and then recessed to executive session with no additional action being taken.

The next regular monthly meeting of the Bucyrus City School District Board of Education will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Administrative Center board room Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.