Wauseon schools to seek levy renewal


By David J. Coehrs - [email protected]



Wauseon schools will ask taxpayers to renew a five-year operating levy in May, and administrators say it won’t include an increase.

The Board of Education on Monday passed a resolution for the proposed continuation of a five-year levy voters have approved continuously since 1991. The current operating levy generates $835,000 annually and expires in 2016.

Since its first approval, the levy’s millage has decreased with each passage while maintaining the annual amount.

Superintendent Larry Brown said the community has always been supportive of the levy. He said this time around the amount will remain steady.

“Considering our current financial situation, we don’t need to increase it at this time,” Brown said.

The school district has not yet evaluated the consequences of a failed levy. “Obviously, we would have multiple opportunities to pass it. We feel the community would put serious consideration into passing this levy at the same rate,” Brown said.

In other business, the board approved one-year limited classified contracts to Rachel Drenning and Katelynn Mount as assistants to Treasurer Karen Dameron and district payroll duties. Bonnie Lange was approved for a reassignment to assistant to Dameron and Human Resources.

Other approved personnel items included: Hugo Barajas and Zane Krall as volunteer junior high wrestling coaches; Todd Bingham as a volunteer Archery Club coach; Michelle Cantu as a classified substitute teacher, pending background checks; a one-year certified supplemental contract to Sheila Vernot as a junior high track coach, pending receipt of a Pupil Activity permit; a one-year limited classified contract to Molly Pfund as a middle school two-hour cook; and Ryan Scherer as a student pool worker.

Board members also voted to accept the following donations: $1,000 from Wauseon Midget Football for coaches’ rain gear; $100 from Wauseon VFW Post #7424 for the Cheerleaders Quartermania; $50 from Family Services of Northwest Ohio to the high school Student Council for the 2015 Yellow Ribbon campaign; $2,086.70 from Parents Supporting Students to purchase headphones and ribbons; and $2,000 from the Wauseon Music Boosters to fund the 2016 Chorale trip to New York City.

Approval of modifications and supplemental modifications to Fiscal Year 2016 permanent appropriations included: $97,500 for the 96 Bonds; $90,000 for the 96 Bonds Fund; $40,000 for the Insurance Protection Fund; $3,340 for the Fiscal Year 2016 Wellness Grant; $1,200 for the Fiscal Year 2016 Perkins Grant; $1,100 for the Wauseon Archery Club; $15,000 for the middle school Student Activity; and $7,200 for One Net Connectivity.

The same for Fiscal Year 2016 Certificate of Resources included: $3,340 for the Wellness Grant; $1,200 for the Perkins Grant; $1,000 for the Wauseon Archery Club; $13,200 for the middle school Student Activity; and $7,200 for One Net Connectivity.

The board approved the following “then and now” certificates: Dollar General, $40 for health room supplies; Simplex Grinnell, $926.09 for an access software agreement; and Fine Lines Engraving, $25 for a banner.

Motions were approved to update the district’s Flexible Spending Plan Agreement with American Fidelity Insurance to reflect changes and additions in force as of Jan. 1, and to authorize the superintendent to begin an agreement with Perry Corporation for copier service.

In building reports:

• Primary school students held an auction for the first graders. Items included five fire escape ladders and two fire extinguishers. Wauseon businessman Cabe Cordy donated the auction items, and the Wauseon Fire Department assisted with the auction.

The teaching staff participated in a half a day’s training on the school’s new language arts series. They also met with administrators concerning “Response to Intervention,” which reviewed ways to use specific interventions to better assist struggling students and to determine the program’s success.

Upcoming events include parent-teacher conferences Nov. 23-24 from 4-7 p.m. and Title Night, a reading strategies event, on Dec. 3.

• The staff of the elementary school met for safety training on Oct. 30. Staff members heard from the city police and fire departments and participated in 15 mini lessons that included chemical hazards, severe weather, bomb threat and explosion, medical emergencies, and fire extinguisher training.

The building’s math teachers met with Michelle Leatherman, the school district’s curriculum director, to review a new math series being introduced during the 2016-17 school year. All teachers are meeting for an introduction to the American Institutes for Research, which is replacing PARCC as the Common Core test provider in Ohio.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held Nov. 23-24.

• A representative of Four County Career Center visited the middle school to give students a look at the center’s vocational programs. Students will visit FCCC Dec. 8-9.

Students who will represent the middle school on the All-County Band include Lizzie Baker, Olivia Clark, Lance Rupp, Maysyn Rodriguez, Sam Aeschliman, Kelcy Balnchong, Braylynn Blanton, Alicia Crawford, Jessica French, Laurel Garbers, Brandon Michael, Marah Patterson, Garrett Puehler, Christian Powers-Whiting, Bailey Roof, Katelyn Shadbolt, and Victoria Villaruz.

And some students assisted Nov. 10 at a Veterans Day breakfast held at the Fulton County Senior Center in Wauseon.

• A Professional Development Day held Oct. 30 at the high school included safety training with assistance by the city police and fire departments.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held Nov. 19 and Nov. 23 from 6-9 p.m. The fall play, “The Breakfast Club,” will be held in the high school auditorium Nov. 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 2 p.m.

The Fulton County Health Department completed “My Plate,” a program focusing on healthy eating choices through student experiments and activities.

And Superintendent Larry Brown served as a guest speaker for the school district’s Veterans Day program on Nov. 12. He spoke about his military experience and offered a history of hats used in the military.

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

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By David J. Coehrs

[email protected]

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

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