The Wauseon Board of Education was busy Monday evening as it tackled a beginning-of-year organizational meeting, then followed with a regular session.
The organizational meeting began with the administration of oath of office to the board’s newest member, Stacie Radabaugh, who was elected to a four-year term Nov. 3. She replaces Laurie Suntken, whose term expired in December.
Longtime board member Larry Fruth, who has served on the board since 2004, was sworn in for his next term and was renamed board vice president. Sandy Griggs continues as board president.
Fruth was also named legislative liaison for the board, and board member Miriam Frank was named student achievement liaison. The board members voted to continue holding meetings the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the school board offices at 126 S. Fulton St., and the fourth Thursday of each month at noon at rotating locations in the school district.
During the regular session, the board accepted the following donations to the school district: $50 from Terrie and Kevin Freeman to the Michael Thierry Scholarship Fund; $187.50 from the WHS Student Council to the Wauseon 21st Century Program; $500 in gift cards from Chief Supermarkets, Inc., and $200 from district bus drivers, to the WES food pantry; $755.20 from the Tomahawk Wrestling Club to the WHS Athletic Department for use toward wrestling hotel accommodations; $264 from Wauseon Midget Football club to WHS Athletic Department for football helmet decals; $100 from the Wauseon Rotary Club to the WHS Chorale Activity Fund; $400 from Fulton County Pork Producers to the WHS Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; $100 from the Wauseon Lions Club to the WHS National Honor Society fund; AED and wall mount alarm box ($1,850) from the Fulton County Heart Radiothon to the WHS Athletic Department for the Athletic Facility; $30 book store gift card from the Knights of Columbus to WPS.
Board members also approved the following “then and now” certificates: Scholastic Classroom, for the WMS Book Fair, $1,775; Potter, Inc., for FFA fruit sale supplies, $470; Northwest Ohio Computer Association, Fiscal Year 2016 phone maintenance, $4,283; Edgerton Local Schools, FFA Parliamentary Procedure Lunch, $17; La Tee Da Fundraising, FFA fundraiser, $2,496.
In other business, a motion was approved to grant district employee Samantha Sherman unpaid leave from Jan. 13 through Feb. 24, and to reappoint Elizabeth Avery for a seven-year term to the Wauseon Public Library Board of Trustees.
The board also passed a motion to approve a second reading of Neola bylaw policy additions, revisions, and replacements in areas including the Family and Medical Leave Act, evaluation of teachers, use of school premises, emergency situations at schools, and drones over school property. Neola offers a policy service for school districts.
In building reports:
• Kindergarten registrations will be held March 10-11. Principal Blake Young said appointments are available beginning Feb. 1.
“Music Informances” will be held April 18-22 for kindergarten and Feb. 29-March 4 for first grade. The event allows the students’ parents and grandparents to attend their music classes.
Math Week will be held Jan. 25-29, with Family Math Night scheduled for Jan. 28, 6-7 p.m.
• Elementary school principal Theresa Vietmeier reported that mid-year reading and math STAR testing has been completed. The testing tracks the academic growth of students.
Pilot Jeff Rupp recently spoke to fifth grade students as part of the school’s monthly careers and economic development program.
• Middle school Student Council members have volunteered to act as school ambassadors for new students, according to principal Joe Friess. They will offer school tours and assistance with Google Classrooms and finding classes and lockers, among other duties.
Student Council members have also assisted tutoring elementary school students, and wrapped more than 50 gifts for the Christmas Cheer program.
• High school principal Keith Leatherman announced that senior Elizabeth McCullough was awarded a spot in the 2016 Ohio All-State Choir, and senior Sean Baker was awarded a place as a tubist in the Ohio All-State Band. The event will be held Jan. 27-30 at the 2016 Ohio Music Educator’s Association Conference in Cincinnati.
Twelve choir students and 13 band students will participate in the All Fulton County High School Honor Choir and Band on Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Rehearsals will be held Feb. 5-6.
Students completed retakes for Ohio Graduation Test requirements and for end-of-course tests Jan. 5-8. The following is a schedule for upcoming OGT retakes: March 14-18, regular retakes; April 19 and 21, English Language Arts 1 and 2; April 26 and 28, American History; May 3 and 5, Algebra I, Geometry, and American Government; May 4 and 6, biology.
A financial aid presentation by Ryan Czech of Bowling Green State University will be held during a meeting for college-bound seniors on Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
There will be no school district-wide on Friday due to teacher in-services.
The school board also approved motions to:
• Approve an alternative tax budget as requested by the Fulton County Auditor’s Office, including the most recently approved five-year forecast and debt service schedule.
• A Memorandum of Agreement to deposit public funds with PNC Bank for a five-year period beginning Jan. 1
Board members entered into executive session to discuss employment of personnel. No action was taken.
David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.