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Medina Schools to hire assistant athletic director

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MEDINA — Medina Schools plans on hiring an assistant athletic director for the 2019-20 school year.

The hire will work under Medina Athletic Director Todd Hodkey and be responsible for the sports programs at Claggett and A.I. Root middle schools, as well as to help fill in some of the gaps with the varsity sports and club sports at the high school.

There has been no discussion yet on salary and no candidates are under consideration yet.

Medina Superintendent Aaron Sable said at Monday’s work session that hiring an assistant athletic directors is needed with the rising number of student-athletes at the school.

Hodkey said the athletic department would run more efficiently with an assistant AD.

Hodkey said he fills in the gaps at the middle school with athletic coordinators. They are teachers who operate on supplemental contracts and do several tasks, including some scheduling.

Having an assistant AD at some of the middle school events would take some of the pressure off the principals at that level.

Assistant Superintendent Kris Quallich said many of the bigger school districts in the area have assistant athletic directors.

“The focus on his job is middle school, with some help with the high school,” Hodkey said.

Sable said there are other needs in the district.

“This is not a position I’m thrilled to add,” he said. “However, it’s a need for the success of the programs and for Todd’s sanity. It’s a need.”

According to data from Hodkey, the sports programs at Medina are flourishing:

  • 950 athletes at the high school;
  • About 250-300 athletes at both Claggett and Root;
  • 27 varsity sports at high school and three club sports (boys volleyball, boys and girls rugby and bowling);
  • 11 sports at both Claggett and Root;
  • 100 coaches at high school, 25 at each middle school.

“It’s a big undertaking,” Hodkey said.

In other news

  • High School Principal Jeff Harrison has made some proposed changes he hopes will be adopted by the district. From here, it would go to the policy committee, which would make a recommendation to the board of education.
    All proposed changes would start with the class of 2022.
    The first one is to change credits needed for graduation from the state minimum 20 to the proposed 21. Every other school in Medina County needs 21 credits to graduation.
    Harrison said there are some schools in Northeast Ohio that require 22 or 23 credits to graduate. The reason he didn’t raise it that high was that he would have needed to add some teachers to do that. He said he doesn’t believe he’ll need to make any hires at 21.
    The extra credit would have to be an elective.
    The principal also wants to alter class rank. Instead of ranking students 1-600, he wants to move to a system of ranking students by grade-point average and recognize students using the Latin System of Honors. In the current system, the top 35 students are recognized.
    In the proposed Latin system, students with a 4.3 GPA and above would be summa cum laude (there would be 38 students in that class if the Class of 2019 were factored in).
    Students from 4.0 to 4.29 would be magna cum laude (53 in 2019) and 3.5 to 3.99 would be cum laude (137).
    “Colleges will look at your transcript,” Harrison said. “They’ll look at the rigor of your curricula in your junior and senior years. Class rank is not a factor for admittance (in college). We don’t promote class rank.”
    One change he wouldn’t make is to weighted grades. The high school will continue to offer weighted grades for advanced level course work, Harrison said.
    In a non-weighted scale, an A is worth 4.0. In honors classes, an A is worth 4.5. In Advanced Placement and College Credit Plus classes, an A is worth 5.0.
  • New course offerings for the 2019-20 school year will need to be approved by the board. The new courses will be College Algebra, AP U.S. History, French 2 and Principles of Biomedical Science.
  • Some parents are worried about calamity days this year. Quallich said students can miss the equivalent of seven days before they will have to make up time once the school year is supposed to be over.
    “Not all buildings have used the same amount of days,” she said.
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.
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