Wauseon School Board gets transportation report

By David J. Coehrs - [email protected]

The Wauseon Board of Education addressed a light business agenda Monday, then heard a detailed report of the district’s bus transportation system.

Board members approved a a title change of the Don’s Automotive Music Scholarship to the Automotive Group Performing Arts Scholarship. Despite the change, criteria for the scholarship will remain the same.

They also approved Kenzie Darnell, Mikayla Russell, and Shelby Witt as student pool workers for the current school year, and a one-year limited certified athletic supplemental contract to Kyle Storrer as varsity golf coach during the 2016-17 school year.

Approved donations to the district included: $125 from Emmaus Lutheran Church to the elementary school food pantry; $2,000 to the high school athletic department from Wauseon Athletic Boosters for use toward assisting with travel expenses; and $108 from the Boosters toward Hall of Fame booklets.

The board also approved an agreement with the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center.

In building reports:

• Primary school principal Blake Young reported that students in grades K-2 have completed STAR assessments, which are used for student intervention.

He also reported that some second grade students who nearly qualified will be retested for gifted services.

Kindergarten registration will be held March 10-11. Sixty-eight students have so far been scheduled.

The week of Feb. 22 has been designated Wellness Week. “Family Fit Night,” during which families exercise together and have healthy snacks, will be held that Thursday evening.

• At the elementary school, the second round of teacher evaluations are being held, with the entire process completed by April.

Principal Theresa Vietmeier reported that STAR mid-year testing has been completed, and teachers have met to review the results.

On Tuesday, fifth-grader Jack Callan and fourth-grader Maria Sherma participated in the Fulton County Spelling Bee at the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center in Archbold. They were the top spellers in their grade levels. Runners up were fourth grader Shawn Robinson and fifth grader Danielle Carr.

Upcoming events include the fifth grade musical March 8-10 and student-led conferences March 15.

• Joe Friess, middle school principal, told the board sixth-grader Zach Robinson, seventh-grader Ayden Cheney, and eighth-grader Madison Garza were scheduled to participate in the Fulton County Spelling Bee on Tuesday.

He said the National Junior High Honor Society and Student Government members have worked on service projects with Fulton County government officials. This week they also will serve a Valentine’s Day tea at the county senior center.

Upcoming student assemblies include “Teen Recovery,” featuring speaker Matt Bell, a recovered drug addict, Feb. 16 for seventh and eighth graders, and Tanya Crevier, a former WNBA player, Feb. 22.

• High school principal Keith Leatherman said the math department is reviewing prospective materials from various companies for the 2016-17 school year.

Students are finishing a Personal Needs Profile for the end of course assessments. The information concerns testing conditions, materials or accessibility features and accommodations needed for assessments.

High school students who participated in the recent 42nd Annual Fulton County Music Festival included: Band- Amanda Baker, Sean Baker, Lucs Blanchong, Karle Callahan, Lance Jutze, Kris Moebs, Paige Moden, Madelyn Wendt, Sophia Stockham, Webb Wells, Gunner Whit, and Taylor Wilcoxon; Choir – Samantha Beaton, Lukas Dominique, Kacey Elder, Conner Johnson, Emily Legenza, Luke McCaughey, Elizabeth McCullough, Desmond Rapp, Olivia Shema, Aaron Spieles, Mia Wenger, Gabe Witt, and Cheyanne Wolpert.

Upcoming events include guidance office meetings Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m., for parents of college-bound juniors, and at 7:30 p.m. for students interested in College Credit Plus.

Pam Waugh of the Wauseon Transportation Program offered a fact-filled presentation about the school district’s bus routes and drivers. Each day, 916 students ride the regular bus routes, with 30 riding the Community School route and two riding the Special Education route.

Waugh told the board members the school district utilizes five buses for city routes, seven for country routes, and one van.

She described the qualifications for bus drivers, which include: a clean FBI/Bureau of Criminal Investigation record; an acceptable driving history; a pre-employment drug and alcohol test; 12 hours of pre-service class; and more than 13 hours of on-board instructor training, among others.

The district’s bus drivers also participate in community events, such as parades, Wauseon Homecoming, the Fulton County Fair, and bus safety events.

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

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.