The Wauseon Board of Education on Monday approved the school district’s five-year forecast, and Treasurer Dave Fleming said finances should remain in the black.
According to the forecast, as of June 30 Wauseon schools will have an unreserved fund balance of $5,568,682 for Fiscal Year 2017. While the balance is predicted to decline over the five-year period, it is forecast to remain positive, at $4,458,239, by the same date in 2021.
Fleming said many unpredictable or variable factors can change the forecast during its course. He said, however, that current indications are favorable for the district.
The Ohio legislature is finalizing House Bill 49, which is expected to affect revenue for all state school districts. But Fleming said projections show little impact for Wauseon schools.
“Costs do continue to rise; therefore, should the state approve the budget as proposed and subsequently continue to hold the line on funding, eventually we would see some challenges arise,” he said.
Fleming said the school district presently doesn’t need to cut costs. “We work in a collaborative manner to provide our constituents with the best possible educational experience in the most efficient and effective manner possible,” he said.
Monday’s school board meeting began in the Middle School cafetorium with individual recognition of accomplishments made by the school district’s swimming and diving, wrestling, basketball, bowling, speech, and Math Counts teams. Team members, their parents, and coaches attended.
In other business, the school board accepted donations of $1,515, $510.35, and $495 from the Wauseon Athletic Boosters to the Wauseon Athletic Department for a softball field backstop, NWOAL Championship plaques, and state runner-up gym signage, respectively.
Board members approved the following personnel items: three-year administrative contracts to James Figy and Brittani Gerken; a three-year administrative contract to Jennifer Grime as the WEVS Special Education Director, pending a clean background check; a one-year administrative contract to Angela Hill; and the resignation of Angelica Dunsavage as the middle school and high school vocal music teacher.
The board also passed the following motions: setting the supply/workbook fees for grades K-8 at $25 for the 2017-18 school year; and transfers from the general fund – not to exceed $500 to the Don’s Automotive Scholarship Fund to cover costs associated with waiver of school fees, not to exceed $17,500 to the Uniform School Supplies to cover costs associated with waiver of school fees, and not to exceed $45,000 to the EMIS fund to cover costs associated with management information systems.
Additionally, motions were passed to approve modifications and supplemental modifications to the Fiscal Year 2017 Permanent Appropriations and Certificate of Resources.
In building reports:
• High school Principal Keith Leatherman reported the junior government classes toured county offices and learned about opportunities in county government.
Career Exploration Day was held for seniors by the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation at Crossroads Evangelical Church in order to expand the opportunity to include other school districts.
Seniors also participated in “The Game of Life,” an exercise presented by the county’s OSU Extension Office. The students navigated a course of responsibilities and financial burdens to introduce them to adult life. “It’s a good, practical learning experience,” Leatherman said.
The students also had the opportunity to tour the Fulton County Health Center, North Star Bluescope Steel or NatureFresh Farms to learn about local job options.
Other events included the National Honor Society’s induction of 36 new members, the school choir trip to New Orleans, La., and the state FFA Convention, with State Degree winners Levi Arps, Everett Bueter, Cory Johnson, Julie Kahrs, Austin Schuette and Mac Warnke, and American Degree winners Austin Arps and Sam Richer.
The school’s Spring Arts event will be held May 11 at 6:30 p.m. Commencement exercises for graduating seniors will be held May 28 at 2:30 p.m.
• Middle School Principal Joe Friess reported the school’s Talent Show is scheduled May 18.
He said STAR testing is currently underway, and state testing concluded last week.
Eighth grade class officers have been elected: Loren Starkweather, president; Tyson Britsch, vice president; Victoria Rios, treasurer; Bailey McGuire, secretary; and Natasha Miller, Chelsie Raabe, Noah Harmon, and Cooper Lane, Student Council representatives.
Friess said it’s also nearly time for students to turn in Chromebooks.
• Elementary School Principal Theresa Vietmeier said students have completed all state testing. She said testing will be implemented differently next school year to make it more efficient.
She said STAR testing will finish this week. The testing gauges student growth in math and reading.
Vietmeier said Alert/Lockdown/Inform/Counter/Evaluate (ALICE) training was completed after several delays. Delta Police Chief Nathan Hartsock showed students a related, age-appropriate video, then led students in barricade techniques and fielded questions. Vietmeier said the students are being trained to instinctively react to adverse situations.
“So if something, God forbid, would ever happen, the kids would just kind of know what to do,” she told the board.
She said speakers from a variety of career fields have spoken monthly to fifth grade students. “It’s been really informational for the kids,” she said.
Upcoming events include the Daddy Daughter Dance on May 12, Reading Week on May 19, and field days and field trips.
• Primary School Principal Blake Young said kindergarten registration totaled 120 students, but he expects about 10 more to register before school begins.
Career Speaker Day was held May 10. Twenty-one speakers spoke to students about their individual career fields.
May 11 will be Vehicle Day. About 20 vehicles from law enforcement agencies and businesses will be showcased for the students to learn about and examine.
STAR testing was completed last week. Students have taken the diagnostic and final OTES rating will be submitted.
Young said the diagnostic’s preliminary results for student growth measure show that the median student in each grade level on each test is making over a year’s worth of growth.
The board entered into executive session to discuss employment of personnel. No action was taken.
Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.