New Township, OHIO (TWP)
New Township High School English teacher Rachel Truman was reprimanded at the school board meeting Tuesday. High School principal Jeffrey Klung cited various offenses that Truman had been committing during the school year.
“Ms Truman’s failure to abide by the school bell and period system is particularly disruptive to the school. Continually letting students out one minute before the bell—and on occasion, sometimes almost two minutes– contributes to a distraction,” Klung told the board.
Truman, who was in attendance, said, “Sometimes I reward students for their hard work by letting them leave early.”
“But that’s unacceptable,” Klung said. “Everyone has to abide by the same rules.”
Truman asked for an explanation of the particular disruption she caused, but no specifics were given, though “time on task” was repeated on numerous occasions during the two-hour long board meeting.
Other disruptions Truman was cited for included allowing students to take pictures on their phones and allowing the use of those phones in the classroom. In response, Truman offered a website address that board members could look at to view the results of the phone usage—digital stories about the school and town for local military members serving in Iraq.
The overall consensus from the principal, superintendent, and board members appeared to be that all teachers must follow the same rules and that school policies could not be breached for any reason.
Truman added that the school had paid for her participation in a workshop at the technology center earlier in the year. The workshop was titled “Using Cell Phones in the Classroom.”
The conversation then returned to that crucial minute of time that students were losing in her classroom by rushing to the restrooms and their lockers in order to have a break before the next hour-long class.
Truman has been put on a plan of improvement. Later in the meeting, several teachers were recognized for their award-winning programs. Truman was included in that group.