Wauseon schools will be getting upgraded safety and security video cameras and equipment, a move that will allow city police to monitor the schools in real time.
At their meeting Monday, Board of Education members unanimously approved the purchases from Xtek Partners, Inc. of Dublin, Ohio. The cost per school building will be: primary school, $18,846; elementary and middle school, $36,754; and high school, $54,939.
The money will be covered through the Classroom Facilities Permanent Improvement Fund.
“In essence, it will take our video cameras and video equipment to the next level,” Superintendent Larry Brown said. “It’s a good time to try to get this project done and continue with our safety efforts.”
The surveillance images will feed live to the Wauseon Police Department, a feature the present camera system doesn’t offer, Brown said.
The new cameras and equipment will have better images and better recording capability, he said. The system will include image overlapping that will fill in current dead spots.
“Everything that we can pretty much allow to cover will be covered,” Brown said.
However, the system will not include the school district’s wrestling facility. Board member Larry Fruth suggested using the camera system being replaced to cover that building.
In other business, the school district offered the following contracts:
• Continuing certificated contracts- Stefanie Badenhop, Katie Black, Carrie Jeffries, and Andrea Stevens.
• One-year limited certificated contracts – Amanda Aniolowski, Elizabeth Brodman, Donald Clark, James Devine, Angelica Dunsavage, Derek Eddings, Lindsay Gordon, Melanie Johnson, Catherine Lemley, Terry Lind, Katie Miller, Shawn Moore, Abby Mouch, Carla Richer, Chris Roberts, Sara Rupp, Brittany Schroeder, Bobbie Simpkins, Walter J. Smith, Kyle Storrer, Chris Thomas, Laura Vorwerk, Carrie Wanemacher, Brittany Webster, Myriah Wooley.
• Two-year limited certificated contracts – Adam Baird, Kyle Borton, Mindy Cheney, Michael Colon, Caitlyn Lay, Laura Leininger, Corinna Miller, Michael Webster.
• Tw0-year limited classified contracts – Amanda Booth, Karen Cheezan, Tammy Cochrane, Rachel Drenning, Trina Fry, Katelynn Mount, Mike Parker, Molly Pfund.
• Continuing classified contracts – Eric Fry, Bonnie Lange, Elizabeth Shannon, Glen Tappen, LaChelle Thomas.
One-year limited non-athletic supplemental contracts were extended to: Amanda Aniolowski, Asst. Instrumental; Adam Baird, Spanish Club, WHS Quiz Bowl; Katie Black, FFA; Tom Brady, National Honor Society; Tom Burkholder, Aquatics Director; Don Clark, Summer Instrumental and Orchestra Director; Mike Colon, Art Guild; Angelical Dunsavage, Summer Vocal and Spring Musical; Kim Hinton, WHS Quiz Bowl; Mandy Hunter, Flag Corps and Majorette; Joy Hutchinson, WMS Student Council; Caitlyn Lay, WES Choir; Jana Leininger, Jr. Class Advisor; Laura Leininger, FCCLA; Katie Miller, WHS Student Council; Dolores Miller, Speech Team; Kelsey Newman, Spanish Club; Carrie Nofziger, Girls Christian Fellowship; Jason Robinson, Mock Trial; Carol Rorick, District Mentor Coordinator; Sara Rupp, WHS Student Council; Chris Thomas, FFA.
One-year limited athletic supplemental contracts were extended to: Joe Allen, Cross Country Head coach; Bill Blanchong, Volleyball Head Coach; Kyle Borton, Asst. Varsity Coach; Shelly Borton, JV Girls Coach; Ken Brandon, Asst. Varsity Coach; Tom Burkholder, Diving Coach; Chad Burt, Boys Basketball Head Coach; Travis Cooper, Football Head Coach; Angie Hill, Fall and Winter WMS Cheerleading; Shawn Kauffman Boys Soccer Head Coach; Stacie Kessler Fall and Winter Asst. Cheerleading; Amy Kreiner, 7th Grade Girls Basketball; Kevin Kreiner, Asst. Varsity Wrestling; Matt Lane, 8th Grade Football and Junior High Wrestling; Terry Lind, Asst. Varsity Football; Jordanne Marks, Girls Soccer Head Coach; Shawn Moore Asst. Varsity Football; Adam Moose, 9th Grade Football; Kelsey Newman, Asst. Varsity Girls Soccer Coach; Ashley Oyer, Girls Basketball Head Coach; Mike Ritter, Wrestling Head Coach; Landon Schaffner, 7th Grade Football Coach; Jessica Schuette, Fall and Winter WHS Cheerleading; Kyle Storrer, JV Boys Basketball; Tara Tedrow, 7th Grade Volleyball Coach; Joe Torres, Junior High Wrestling; Tom Vernot, Assistant Cross Country; Michael Webster, 9th Grade Football and 8th Grade Basketball; Roger Wilson, 8th Grade Football.
For the 2016-17 school year: Allison Maison, one-year limited certificated contract as middle school 7th grade English/language arts teacher; Mark Cook, one-year limited outside non-supplemental contract as Instrumental; Troy Lind, volunteer high school football assistant. All positions are pending on background checks.
The board members approved a $40 donation from the Wauseon ES village bus drivers to the Joseph Sevenich Step on the Starter Scholarship in memory of Donald Frank.
In building reports:
• Primary School Principal Blake Young reported that a book fair held during student-led conferences March 14-15 brought in $4,190.57. That amount led the Scholastic Reading Club, which provides books, to upgrade the school to a premium book fair next year.
During Reading Week April 4-8, the school welcomed guest readers including Brown and Wauseon Mayor Kathy Huner.
The Math Committee approved the Envisions by Pearson math series to be used next year in grades K-5.
Kindergarten informances will be held April 18-22.
• Theresa Viemeier, Elementary School principal, said the following students performed at the March 12 Northwest Ohio Orff Festival, where they spent the day with music clinicians and played a variety of instruments: Cameron Hunter, Jackson Clark, Ava Pelok, Dominic Barajas, Carson Wenger, Ann Spieles, and Teagan Rupp.
Reflex Math, an online math fact program, has been purchased for students in grades 3-5. It digitally tracks data and growth which alleviates grading.
Testing will be held through April 27. Third graders will take assessments in reading and math, fourth graders in reading, math, and social studies, and fifth graders in reading math and science.
All testing will be online with the exception of third grade reading.
Upcoming events include the Daddy/Daughter Dance on May 13.
• Middle School Principal Joe Friess told board members two tests are scheduled this week, reading and English/language arts.
A special reading event is scheduled in May, with all grades participating.
A dress-up dance is scheduled for April 29, and a parent’s signature is required to attend.
George Buss, an Abraham Lincoln impersonator who has performed in Washington D.C. and on national television, visited individual classes on April 2. He delved deeply into Lincoln and his presidency, providing some little-known facts.
“This is one of the most interesting things that I have ever seen,” Friess told board members. “I thought (the students) did a great job with their questions.”
• High School Principal Keith Leatherman discussed Senior Success Day, held April 8. The day included the interactive Game of Life, in which seniors simulated making important life choices regarding jobs, family, personal health, and finances.
Juniors and seniors will participate in Career Day on April 20, an opportunity for them to interview with 18 local businesses of manufacturing, construction, banking, health care, and automotive. Some will be actual interviews for seniors. The event is in conjunction with the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation and Job1USA.
A blood drive honoring Thane Wooley will be held after school May 10, from 3-8 p.m. Thane was a 14-year-old Wauseon resident who succumbed to cancer on March 29.
Testing will be held on various days from April 19-May 6.
Upcoming events include: the spring musical, Legally Blonde, April 15-17; FFA Banquet, April 18; Prom, May 17; Spring Arts Program, May 12.
The board meeting closed with a presentation by the school district’s library services.
The board entered into executive session to discuss employment of personnel. No action was taken.
David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.