Wauseon School Board OKs bond refunding

By David J. Coehrs - dcoehrs@civitasmedia.com

As a money-saving effort, the Wauseon school district will again refund multiple bonds approved by voters in 2006 to build the present grades 3-8 building and upgrade the primary school and high school buildings.

The Board of Education on Monday passed a resolution giving authority to Treasurer Karen Dameron to pursue refunding at a lesser rate. Dameron said the school district hopes to “save the community and district money in regard to the debt issue.”

The bonds were originally issued through a 6.5-mill levy to pay the district’s share of the $43.5 million Ohio School Facilities Commission project, which broke ground in 2008. The district-wide project included construction of the elementary school and middle school complex and more than $13 million in renovations to the interior of Wauseon High School and the exterior of Wauseon Primary School.

The bonds were also refunded in September 2014, resulting in a gross savings of $934,000 over a 12-year period.

Dameron said Tuesday she can’t predict the amount of savings that will be available through the current effort to refund.

In other business, the school board approved: one-year non-athletic supplemental contracts to Don Clark as orchestra director and Amanda Aniolowski as assistant instrumental; one-year limited classified contracts to to Karen Cheezan as an elementary school teacher’s aide and to Tammy Cochrane as a two-hour high school cook; the reassignment of Elizabeth Shannon from a two-hour to a three-hour high school cook; and Shannon Storrer as a Title I substitute teacher, at a salary of $25 per hour for 4.75 hours per day through a Title I grant;

Approved classified substitutes include Pat Gype, Molly Pfund, Ronna Rice, Peggy Sullivan, Heather Waldron, and Chelsea Riley. Approved volunteer coaches include Terry Lind and Dalton Nicely, wrestling; Lynelle Nofziger, assistant, varsity basketball; and Jordan Smith and Jacob Whitcomb, wrestling.

The board also approved Tammy Ankney, Brittany Schroeder, and John Zuchowski as high school pool workers, as well as 12 student pool workers.

A resolution was passed to authorize 13 “then and now” certificates totaling $13,169.93 for such items as food service dues, a policy update service, concrete repairs at the high school, an HVAC purchase, high school yearbook charges, and elementary school classroom supplies, among others.

Donations received by the school district include: $3,025 from the Wauseon Athletic Boosters for high school boys soccer uniforms; $50 to the elementary school student activity fund from Target Corporation’s “ThanksaBillion” program; six backpacks with school supplies to the primary school from Fulton County United Way; $75 to the high school library from the Class of 1960 in memory of Marilyn Shock Kagels, Barbara Shull Martel, and Carol Kinder Wenner; and $250 awarded from The American Public Works Association Northwest Ohio Chapter/Ohio Department of Transportation District 2 to the high school art department for placing second in the “Paint the Plow Contest” and first in the patriotism category.

In building reports:

• Primary school principal Blake Young reported that teachers are implementing the new “Journey” language arts curriculum by Houghton Mifflin.

He said K-2 students have completed the STAR assessment, which is used to determine a student’s level of progress. And kindergarten students will be given a readiness assessment before Nov. 1.

• One hundred percent of Wauseon Elementary School third graders in the 2014-15 academic year reached at least 394 on the Ohio Achievement Assessments, resulting in all avoiding retention, according to principal Theresa Vietmeier.

The elementary grades also have completed the STAR assessment. And Michelle Leatherman, the district’s curriculum director, will focus on student literacy.

Upcoming building events include a pilot health program for a grade to be determined that focuses on the new “My Plate” system; Ag Fest, Sept. 22 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds; and a teacher in-service regarding vocabulary, literacy, student growth, and technology, among other topics.

• The middle school will host Julia Simmerer, executive director of the Center for the Teaching Profession division of the Ohio Department of Education, in October as part of a program allowing department members to experience firsthand a school building’s activities. Principal Joe Friess will then accompany Simmerer during her duties at the ODE.

The middle school is one of only 20 school buildings in the state to participate.

Friess said a week-long fundraising event to fund assemblies, student activities, and special events will begin Sept. 18.

Student Council Spirit Day will be held Sept. 18, and Picture Day is scheduled for Sept. 25.

• The Wauseon High School 21st Century Grant after school program will begin Sept. 21. The program centers on academic and enrichment time, service learning and family involvement. Sheryl Gurzynski and Sheila Gruenhagen will be the site coordinators.

Principal Keith Leatherman reported that students’ American College Testing results for 2015 indicate scores higher than the state average in all areas: English, 22.7; math, 22.9; reading, 23.8; science, 22.9; and composite, 23.2.

Upcoming events include Spirit Week Sept. 28-Oct. 2, which includes an Oct. 1 snake dance and a Homecoming dance Oct. 3.

Following “A Day in the Life of a Freshman,” a video presentation by the high school video production class, the school board entered into executive session to discuss employment of personnel. No action was taken.

By David J. Coehrs


David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.

David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.