The new year will see a slight change in the way Wauseon school board meetings are conducted.
At a regular meeting held Monday, Superintendent Troy Armstrong restated a plan beginning in January to reduce the number of school building reports by each principal to one 15- to 20-minute report each academic year. Currently, each principal presents a report at each monthly meeting. In the new plan, each will report just once, during an assigned school quarter.
Armstrong said his recommendation will allow the principals’ usual monthly spots to be filled by reports from other district departments, such as curriculum, special education, maintenance/custodian, food service, and transportation.
“This way, the board can have reports about all of our other departments,” he said Tuesday.
He said the district’s principals will always have the option to present information at any board meeting if they deem it important.
Armstrong said the traditional noon school board meetings held in the fourth week of each month will be reduced to one per school quarter. The meetings will rotate between the four school buildings.
He said noon meetings are being reduced due to the difficulty people have attending them that time of day. He said the meeting time may be changed to 1 p.m.
In other business, board members approved the following donations: $200 from Fulton County Fair, $500 from Fulton County Pork Producers, and $1,500 from Fulton County Dairy Association to Wauseon FFA for fair assistance; $500 from Fulton County Pork Producers to Wauseon Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; $250 from TPL Properties to the Wauseon Art Guild for displaying artwork; $312 from Student Paths to the high school Student Council for surveys; $150 from Wauseon Machine and Manufacturing, $150 from State Bank, $150 from Sullivan Roth Holding Co., and $150 from Scott Neumann Insurance Agency to the high school speech team for traveling expenses; $250 from Wauseon Machine and Manufacturing to the high school girls soccer camp for supplies; $800 from Fulton County Dairy Association to the high school cross country team for fair assistance; $156 from Wendt Family Rev Trust to the high school Spanish Club for shipping costs of donated school supplies; $500 from United Auto Workers Local 86 Golf Outing to the school district; $1,000 from Country Contours to the school district for landscaping at Harmon Field.
Motions were approved for: the resignation of Amber Zuidema as middle school head cook, effective Oct. 9, 2019; Lucas Ankney as volunteer marching band auxiliary, pending receipt of pupil activity permit; Mark Britsch, Joy Hutchinson, Matt Hutchinson, Katie Miller, and Mike Yoder as Ohio High School Athletic Association boys and girls soccer tournament workers; modifications and supplemental modifications for fiscal year 2020, totaling $492,589.68 for permanent appropriations and $462,199.96 for Certificate of Estimated Resources; a transfer of $83,562.50 from Fund 003-9003 – permanent improvement to 003-9019; appointing board member Larry Fruth as representative for the Four County Career Center Board of Education for a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2020.
In building reports:
• Primary school principal Blake Young said staff from the school district’s Transportation Department visited to teach bus safety to students. They were accompanied by Tommy the Bus, a teaching implement.
The students also met with members of the Wauseon Fire Department to learn evacuation procedures, and attended an assembly hosted by the National Fire Safety Council.
Young said Star Benchmark testing was held in September to determine which students need extra academic support.
• Elementary student art pieces were selected to appear in Celebrating Art, a yearly publication. Principal Theresa Vietmeier said a large percentage of 97 entries submitted for consideration by grades K-5 were chosen.
State testing dates have been scheduled, beginning with third grade ELA testing Oct. 23-24.
An elementary school Student Council has been established. Vietmeier said, “It’s fun working with (the students) because they’re super excited to be leaders.”
She said the D.A.R.E. anti-drug program has expanded to include discussions on decision making, critical thinking, and peer pressure. “Every kid today cannot escape those things. It’s just part of our culture, it’s part of our world,” she said.
Upcoming events include a teacher in-service day Oct. 25; third grade music programs Nov. 5 and 7; a Veterans Day assembly Nov. 11.
• Parent-teacher conferences will be held at the middle school Thursday, Oct. 24, and Monday, Oct. 28.
Principal Joe Friess said a waiting list has formed for the after school 21st Century Grant program which started Oct. 1. “We’re at capacity. We’re having to turn kids away,” he told board members.
This week, the students are celebrating “Red Ribbon Week,” with the theme “The Best Me is Drug Free.”
• The high school will hold a parent meeting Sept. 16 for seniors planning to attend college. A financial aid workshop will be held Oct. 24.
A parent meeting for sophomores will be held Oct. 28 to provide information on course selections, graduation requirements, College Credit Plus, and attendance at Four County Career Center in Archbold.
A PreACT test will be given to sophomores Oct. 22. The test estimates an ACT test score as an indicator of readiness.
Jostens Company gave the 2019 Wauseon High School yearbook an excellence award for work and production. The yearbook was one of 200 among 18,000 yearbooks to receive the award.
The school board entered into executive session to consider discipline of a student and an employee and compensation of an employee. No action was taken.
Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.