Multiple personnel items were approved and the Wauseon Board of Education heard reports from building principals at its meeting on Monday.
The board offered one-year limited certified contracts to Mary Norman as elementary Intervention Specialist, Michelle Winters as middle school Intervention Specialist, and Jenna Storrer as an English teacher at the high school. All contracts were for the 2016-17 school year.
Lisa Kudlica was approved as a classified substitute for the 2015-16 school year.
Board members approved the creation of a Football Camp Fund, as well as a fund for the Class of 2020. They also approved the 2016 appropriations of $2,500 to the fund for the Wauseon Academic Hall of Fame.
The board approved three overnight trips to the high school speech team. Trips included the I.E. Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky from April 30-May 2, NCFL Speech Finals in Sacramento, Calif. from May 26-30 or May 31, and NSDA Speech Finals in Salt Lake City, Utah from June 11-17.
Approved donations to the district included: $951.80 from the softball parents to the Softball Camp Fund; $906.10 from the Tomahawk Wrestling Club to the Athletic Fund for district accommodations; $2,000 to the Line Drive for Larry Scholarship Fund; and $25 from the Black Swamp Arts Council to the Art Club.
The board also approved a Social Graduation with the Class of 2016 for Kristian Brandt Lippert II.
In building reports
• Primary School principal Blake Young reported that they ended up with 100 new students from the kindergarten registration that was held last Thursday and Friday.
April 4-8 will be Reading Week. The theme is the “Old West.” Reading Night is scheduled for Thursday, April 7.
Kindergartner Bethany Tibbs won her second Grand Champion trophy this year in Kenpo Karate. The event was held in Detroit. She is currently a blue belt in Kenpo.
Second grade students are currently participating in a “Basket Buddy” program. They are tutoring kindergarten and first grade students in the building on anything from to tying shoes to math flash cards.
• At the elementary school, principal Theresa Vietmeier reported that math teachers are in the final stages of selecting a new series for the 2016-17 school year. They are deciding between Pearson/Envision and McGraw Hill/My Math. Their choice will be made final by the end of the month.
The end of the quarter was this past Friday, March 11. Grades were verified on Tuesday. A PowerAnnouncement will be sent to parents as a reminder to check grades.
Upcoming events include a presentation by Sheltered Reality Drum Corp March 18, and Firefighter Phil assembly on April 1.
• Joe Friess, middle school principal, notified the board of an assembly scheduled for this Friday, March 18. The assembly features the group Sheltered Reality, which is a high energy drumline. Their goal is to inspire activity as students head into spring break and the final grading period of the year.
He also reported that there is a teacher professional development day scheduled for Monday, April 11. One of the discussion topics is a review of testing procedures for the online tests.
• High school principal Keith Leatherman highlighted the success the speech team has accrued over the last few weeks. Wauseon sent 13 qualifiers and three alternates to the state speech and debate finals in Cincinnati this past weekend. The tournament ended on a high note for Wauseon, as Payton Black advanced to the final round where he finished sixth in Program Oral Interpretation.
Black was one of three students to qualify for the NSDA National Finals in Salt Lake City in June. Joining him is Breanna Demaline and Clarissa Johnson who qualified in Duo Interpretation for the third time.
In music news, the concert choir received an excellent rating at competition this past weekend. Additionally, the acapella choir got a superior in class A. The band scored an overall excellent rating at their competition.
The board then viewed a presentation from Matt Hutchinson, high school athletic director, regarding duties and the role of the athletic director.
They then entered into executive session to discuss employment of personnel. No action was taken.
Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010