School board tackles heavy agenda

By David J. Coehrs -

It was a workaday session for the Wauseon Board of Education on Monday as a reportedly busy academic year begins.

The board accepted the following donations: schools supplies for the elementary and middle schools from First Federal Bank of Wauseon; $16,599 to the high school band camp from Wauseon Music Boosters; $113.44 to the school district from St. Caspar Catholic Church in Wauseon; $2,000 for the district therapy service dog from the Wauseon Rotary Club; $250 to the elementary school from Walmart.

Board members also approved the following personnel changes: a one-year limited non-athletic supplemental contract as district mentor to April Beck, Don Clark, Melissa Diebert, Julie Grime, Joy Hutchinson, and Michelle Winters; the resignations of elementary school principal’s secretary Jo Aeschliman and high school cooks Tammy Carder and Amy Kovar; a one-year limited classified contract to Karen Rees, high school cook; the reassignments of: Lynn Seiler-Smith from primary school teacher aide to primary school secretarial assistant, Jennifer Tester from middle school three-hour cook to elementary school/middle school head cook, Adrianne Baldwin from primary school 3.5-hour cook to 5.5-hour cook, Tammy Cochrane from high school two-hour cook to three-hour cook, and Brenda Aeschliman from middle school two-hour cook to three-hour cook; the transfers of: Tara Delgado from primary school secretarial assistant to elementary school principal’s secretary, Diane Bruner from high school 5.5-hour cook to middle school 5.5-hour cook, and Kathleen Ladd from middle school three-hour cook to primary school 3.5-hour cook; Heidi Klingensmith as full-time bus driver; one-year limited outside athletic supplemental contracts to Troy Gype as ninth grade boys basketball coach and James Douglass as seventh grade boys basketball coach, upon a clean background check; volunteer assistant coaches: Tony Banister and Nick Tule for wrestling and Ray Martinez for basketball.

Students approved as Athletic Department workers include J.T. Hutchinson, Levi Krasula, Grace Leininger, Matthew Manson, Marin Miller, and Levi Seiler. Students approved as lifeguards and pool workers include Branden Arredondo, Maddux Chamberlin, McKenzie Darnell, Justin Freestone, Cooper Lane, Bailey McGuire, Kennedy Nation, Jaxon Radabaugh, Hannah Richer, Maggie Roelfsema, Alyssa Russell, Brooke Schuette, and Chaney Sigg.

In other action, the school board approved motions to: add an addition of $200 for high school athletics to the change fund for fiscal year 2019; authorize the treasurer to advertise to receive bids for two 84-passenger transit buses; approve a budget for girls soccer camp; approve a $460 district managed Student Activity Fund within modifications and supplemental modifications to the fiscal year 2019 permanent appropriations; approve an $800 district managed Student Activity Fund within modifications and supplemental modifications to the fiscal year 2019 Certificate of Estimated Resources; and approved a “then and now” certificate for Rachel Wixey and Associates for an Aesop subscription fee of $3,391.20.

In building reports:

• Primary School principal Blake Young said enrollment has increased, most notably kindergarten, which has added 11 students.

Tommy the Transport Bus will speak with kindergarten students about bus safety on Thursday, Sept. 13. Students will also board a school bus to practice what they’ve learned.

Movement Week, formerly called Sports Weeks, will kick off Friday, Sept. 14. Events will include a Fun Run for parents and students. Classes that record the most student movement will be rewarded with admission to the Sept. 28 high school football game. A WPS Wall of Fame will be instituted for students who participate in moving and exercising.

Fall Fest will be held Oct. 12.

STAR testing is complete. Administrators will meet next week to organize student interventions.

Gifted testing for second grade students will be held the first week of October.

• The elementary school has contacted North Star Bluescope Steel and Northwest State Community College Workforce Development to consider involvement in a prospective after-school introductory robotics competition for grades 4-8. “They just have a lot of really neat stuff that’s real world, hands-on, presentation based competition,” principal Teresa Vietmeier said.

The competition would align with the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) curriculum.

The school was selected to provide fourth graders with National Assessment of Educational Process in Ohio reading and math comprehension testing. “This is one test that compares (students) the same…across the country,” Vietmeier said.

Wauseon VFW Post #7424 and Ace Hardware have offered to purchase school T-shirts for students.

Upcoming events include Ag Fest, Sept. 19; Picture Day, Sept. 21; and Title Night, Oct. 2.

• The middle school is in the second year of a five-year 21st Century grant, according to principal Joe Friess.

He reminded the board of an annual fundraiser the school holds to earn money for activities throughout the school year and to make charitable contributions. The kickoff is Friday, Sept. 14.

Friess said Student Council candidates this year will go through an election process during which they must campaign.

Picture Day is Friday, Sept. 21.

• Keith Leatherman, high school principal, said results are in for the summer end-of-course testing. Twenty-four students took a total of 62 tests to improve their graduation standings. Leatherman said just over half the participating students improved. He said three students gained enough points to place them in good standing, and six students are within one point.

He said he has reached out to area legislators about pushing the state to grant high school seniors over the next couple of years the same alternatives to testing that 2018 seniors were given.

“I think it really needs to happen,” Leatherman said.

Jostens Co. representatives will be at the high school Sept. 12 to arrange for senior graduation products and sophomore class rings.

Upcoming events include: Picture Day, Monday, Sept. 17; college-bound senior/parent meeting, Sept. 17; Homecoming Dance, Sept. 29.

The school board entered into executive session to discuss personnel. No action was taken.

By David J. Coehrs

Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.

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