Pictured: Bryan Raach, special Education Coordinator; Chuck Fair, Byesville Rotary President; and Ryan Caldwell, Superintendent Rolling Hills School District.
Byesville Rotary learned from Ryan Caldwell, Superintendent of Rolling Hills Schools, that “… good things are going on at Rolling Hills Schools.” Caldwell stated that the new educational opportunities offered at Rolling Hills help, “…students advance their career and college education as well as provide opportunities to learn outside of the traditional classroom.”
Rolling Hills now offers 3 different types of learning environments: traditional classes, on-line classes, and partnerships with local colleges that allow Meadowbrook students to earn college credits while attending high school.
On-line classes such as those offered by the A+ program allow students to take courses outside of or in combination with a traditional classroom setting. Students can choose to learn at home and continue to participate in school activities while they earn a Meadowbrook diploma .The A+ program is currently funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Education.
In the dual enrollment program, Meadowbrook has partnered with Ohio University Zanesville and Zane State College to develop a program that looks and feels like college and offers college curriculum. Meadowbrook students will be able to earn 2 years of college credits at Rolling Hills at no extra cost to the student. Over 100 course offerings will be available and will enable Meadowbrook students to earn Associates Degrees in Oil and Gas, Business, or General Studies.
The college level courses are offered in Meadowbrook’s 21st century classroom which includes a 70 inch high-definition TV, 25 all-in-one desktop computers, a state-of-the-art High-definition projector and a complete hi-def remote presence learning platform which allows students full access to college classrooms and lectures. In many classes, a college instructor will teach classes on the Meadowbrook campus.
A 4th type of educational program is currently in development. This program, being developed in partnership with Foxfire, an alternative school located in Zanesville, is designed to appeal to students who do not want to be in school and are at high risk of dropping out.
Caldwell credited involvement of teachers and staff as well as addition funds obtained through grants awarded to the District and private donations for contributing to the success of the new programs. Caldwell pointed out that grant and donation monies received since July 2010 total almost $6 million dollars.
Connect with Byesville Rotary at: www.Byesvillerotary.blogspot.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Byesville-Rotary/256548047818283. The club meets 7:30 am, Tuesday at the Stop Nine Senior Center at 60313 (GPS use 60299) Southgate Road, Byesville. Walk-ins are welcome at the club’s meeting.