By Marvin Jones
President and CEO
Like any proud parent, the chamber takes a huge amount of pride in knowing that the first school to adopt The Leader in Me initiative was the highest scoring school in Ross County for the 2011-2012 year! And the second school to adopt it came in number two!
Allen Elementary’s staff, led by Principal Jason Fife, recorded a performance index score of 102.8 in the rankings just released Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Education. It was the only score above 100 for any of the 25 buildings in the county. The school was rated excellent for the third consecutive year. Worthington Elementary, under the guidance of Principal Lawrence Butler last year and now being led by Matt Thornsberry, had the second highest ranking in the index at 98.5 and was rated effective.
Not to diminish the achievements of any other school in the city or county (Adena’s was the only other elementary rated excellent), the scores at Allen are extremely impressive. Compared with the other nine county and city elementaries, Allen ranked first in the number of students passing achievement tests in grade 3 reading (93.2 percent), grade 3 math (93.2), grade 4 reading (87.2), grade 5 reading (93.8), grade 5 math (84.4) and grade 5 science (81.3). Its attendance rate of 96.0 percent also was the best of any of the 25 buildings in the county.
Allen adopted The Leader in Me initiative to begin the 2009-2010 school year with all of the funding for staff training, student activity guides, teacher guides and other supplies paid from investments made by the chamber and its members. Worthington began using the principles in the 2010-2011 school year. All elementaries in Ross County in the spring of 2009 were offered the opportunity by the chamber to adopt The Leader in Me, but at the time, only Allen accepted.
The Leader in Me is predicated on the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by the late Dr. Stephen Covey. To date, chamber members have invested more than $85,000 in the initiative that provides the young students with what are termed soft skills, such as working in teams, respect for others, taking personal responsibility and finding solutions to problems that benefit everyone. These are the skills in demand by employers today.
Allen now is working on achieving Lighthouse status in the FranklinCovey organization which would make it one of less than 30 schools nationwide that meet certain standards of excellence. In addition to Allen and Worthington, Tiffin, Mt. Logan and the middle school began using the initiative earlier this year giving Chillicothe the designation as the only one in Ohio to use it district-wide.
The chamber’s annual Candidates Reception, open to the public, is set for Tuesday (Oct. 23) at 6:30 p.m. at the Ross County Service Center. Candidates for local and state legislative offices will have an opportunity to address the audience for three minutes each, but otherwise, it will be a chance for folks to talk one-on-one or in groups with the people who will be taking office in 2013. Refreshments will be served.
About 170 took advantage of the great weather Wednesday to eat, drink and be merry under the tents of Chillicothe Tents for Events and to check out Wagner’s Bar & Grill at Pleasant Valley and Adena roads for the Business After Business. Shane and Jeremy Clark and their families took ownership of the tavern 14 months ago and are into their seventh year with the tents business. More than 20 went away with a door prize, including Chad Walters who won the 32-inch flat-screen HD TV.
About 40 chamber members get the chance to talk to other members and the public about their products and services at the annual combined Expo and Business After Business. Space is limited for the event on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Elks on West Second Street. Each 8-foot table space costs $125 and exhibitors are to provide a door prize with a value of at least $25 to be given out near the end of the evening. To reserve a space, click here.
New electric meters on the way: The same as Columbia Gas, American Electric Power is retrofitting all of its meters with radio frequency transmitters to allow for remote readings by handheld or other mobile devices. It plans to replace 204,000 meters in its territory, including about 2,500 in Chillicothe, starting next Wednesday (Oct. 24). As with the gas meters, the effort is to reduce the number of estimated readings with actual ones.
Kroger has big expansion plans: No word yet on whether local stores will be affected, but Kroger announced this week it plans to invest $200 million to expand current stores and add new ones. It also plans to spend $500 million to buy back stock.
First PechaKucha set for Oct. 25: Costumes are encouraged for the first PechaKucha in Chillicothe on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Park View Gallery on West Water Street from 7-10 p.m. The event features presentations where the format shows 20 slides for 20 seconds each. At 9 p.m., a masquerade parade is planned with cash prizes and the special guest will be comedian Lori Graves.
Management series resumes: Coach and author Libby Gill kicks off the latest installment of the TechSolve Management Leadership series on Nov. 8, sponsored by the chamber, OSU Small Business Development Center, SBA and Ohio University-Chillicothe. Gill will talk about her “Clarify, Simplify & Execute” process to ignite innovation success. Set for OU-C’s Technology and Business Development Center, the event is free with registration and breakfast at 8 and the program running from 8:30-11 a.m. Click here to register to attend.
Newest chamber members:
- Jerry’s Pizza-West, 23 Star Drive, by Tom Howison, 773-9378.
- JSL Productions, Chillicothe, by Joshua Smith, audio and lighting production, 851-4022, www.jslpro.com
Commercial building permits issued recently by the Chillicothe and Ross County Building Departments:
- Harbor Springs Properties, 61 N. Bridge St., signs, value $10,000.
- Kingston National Bank, 790 Western Ave., demolition, $5,000.
- North Bridge Development, 250 N. Plaza Blvd., HVAC replacement, $3,975.
- First Presbyterian Society, 11 Mead Drive, HVAC replacement, $83,250.
- New North Star Development, 1290 N. Bridge St., sign, $6,000.
- Ross County commissioners, 15 N. Paint St., roofing and fire protection, $5,000.
- City of Chillicothe, 54 E. Water St., move exit sign, $0.
- Paint Valley Mental Health Board, 394 Chestnut St., roofing, $26,000.
- OMSC Chillicothe, 201 N. Plaza Blvd., roofing, $24,900.
- Apichai Jaruwannakorn, 1525 N. Bridge St., sign, $5,000.
- Kunzelman Family Properties, 16 W. Water St., window replacement, $950.
- Free Holiness Mission Church, 852 Monroe Ave., porch deck and steps, $2,258.
- Westmoreland Company (FedEx), 14151 Industrial Drive, conveyor sprinkler, $25,000.
- McArthur Redd, 135 Redd St., toilet addition, $5,000.
- Bishop Flaget High School, 570 Parsons Ave., demolition, $0.
- Church of Christ in Christian Union, 477 N. High St., roofing, $31,500.
- AEP, 701 Hardin Drive, sidewalk, $9,200.
- McDonald’s, 1225 Western Ave., hood suppression, $1,500.
- IBC Sales, 255 N. Woodbridge Ave., roofing, $34,688.
- Pentecostal Church, 375 S. Watt St., electrical, $100.
Vendors licenses issued recently by the Ross County Auditor:
- Laura Lee and SG Company, 41 E. Fourth St., by Laura Barrington Enterprises.
- Country Creations, 3573 Polk Hollow Road, by Travis Grubb.
- Nails by Emily, 8923 Ohio 772, by Emily Chappelear.
The Junior Civic League aided the retail division of the United Way, led by Dave Huggins, in a blitz Tuesday. Members fanned out to businesses in the community after the kickoff at Mary Jane’s Bakery to talk about United Way and gather pledges for the on-going campaign.
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