Art class reinstated for K-5 students in Wauseon

Art classes will return for younger students in the Wauseon Exempted Village School District.

Since 2009, classroom teachers in grades K-5 have provided the art instruction for students. On Monday, the board accepted the recommendation of Superintendent Larry C. Brown to hire Lindsay Gordon to serve as the Wauseon Primary/Elementary art teacher.

The offer is for one year, limited certificated contract at Step 1, Column 2 pending receipt of both a clean BCI/FBI background check.

Gordon has one year of art education teaching experience and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Bowling Green State University. Her major was Art Education (PK-12) with a specialization in two-dimensional studies.

“I am grateful to have the support of the Wauseon Board of Education with respect to the arts in our schools,” Brown said. “They truly listen to their constituents.”

The district continues to carefully monitor the operational expenditures of the district and only returned this position with a conscientious review of the district’s curriculum needs and community feedback, according to a district release. The change will have a lasting effect on the scope and sequence of our art instruction in grades K-12.

The Ohio Art Education Association’s 2015 Ohio Art Teacher of Year, Laura Tawil, recently said, “Teaching art is teaching the whole student. I am teaching a language of expression which to learn requires the volleying between words and creating visuals to form the message. Sometimes words are not adequate. Sometime visuals are not adequate. My students employ their foundation in language to support their development of the visual form…I am consumed by art education. I love teaching, anyone, at any time, about anything art.”

This change will also provide the necessary time for classroom teachers to join the library aides in the media/library space, during library time, as district officials continue to strive to improve literacy at the lower grade levels.

In other business handled by the board, a wide range of business items were passed 4-0. Limited one-year contracts were offered to spring coaches and assistant coaches and approve parental leave for Blake Young and Nichole Aeschliman.

Two teachers in the primary school has accepted reassignments. Tom Burkholder changes from a intervention specialist to first grade teacher and Brittany Webster changes from a kindergarten teacher to second grade teacher.

Also, the motion passed, 4-0, to allow Parents Supporting Schools, Wauseon After-Prom Committee, Wauseon Athletic Boosters and Wauseon Music Boosters to purchase liability coverage under the school program for $70 per group.