Adult grad recognized; sub pay increase approved


By Rachael Krisher - For the Expositor



The Wauseon Board of Education approved a pay increase for substitute teachers on Monday.

The Wauseon Board of Education approved a pay increase for substitute teachers on Monday.


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Wauseon Superintendent Troy Armstrong presents a diploma to Jessica Snow on Monday.


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Jessica Snow received her Wauseon High School diploma after successful completion of all state and local requirements through the Ohio Department of Education’s 22+ Adult High School Diploma Program. Superintendent Troy Armstrong congratulated Snow and presented her with her diploma. Armstrong reported that “four recipients have received a diploma through this program in the past four years.”

Board members approved an increase in the daily rate of substitute teacher pay from $90 to $115, effective Nov.1. Armstrong brought this discussion to the board due to recent concerns that the district is losing substitute teachers to other area districts that are paying more. Armstrong said that his staff has heard this “twice in one week” and the substitute teacher and teacher aide fill rate for Wauseon school district was only 77% in the past 30 days.

Also at the meeting, Beth Thomas, program director from HC3, presented data from her agency’s most recent health questionnaire, completed in 2021. HC3 completes a random sampling of students grade 6-12 in schools throughout Fulton County.

Thomas presented on topics specific to substance use but says that the questionnaire covers a variety of health topics ranging from “tooth brushing, sex, drug use”.

Thomas reported that the questionnaire yielded positive results related to alcohol use. From 2008 to 2021 there has been a 62% decrease in youth reporting that they have used alcohol in the past 30 days.

Unfortunately, Thomas reports that there has been a significant increase, 50% from 2008 to 2021, of youth who report using marijuana in the past 30 days. Thomas reports that further questionnaire results and full report can be found at HC3partnership.org.

Thomas also provided the board with resources that may help combat some of the negative results from the questionnaire including resources provided by HC3, the Four County ADAMHS Board, and local community mental health agencies.

School treasurer John Kahmann reported that both revenue and expenditures are down compared to September 2021, due mainly in part to no longer charging or being charged for open enrollment. The school board approved monthly financial reports, amended appropriations for fiscal year 2023, and donations from various organizations, including Wauseon Athletic Boosters, Fulton County Dairy Producers, Meeker Giving Fund, Karen and Milton Whitmer, Seagate Food Bank, and the Cleveland Browns.

Dr. Chris Harben presented on an upcoming project to create a strategic plan for the school district. Harben expressed that the “ultimate objective is for this to be a five-year guide for the district.” Harben explained that the entire project should be complete by the end of the school year.

The school board will partner with Harben and his students at Penn State Behrend to complete this analysis and strategic plan for the district which will include things such as vision and mission statements, value summary, strategic priorities and goals, financial projections to be completed in partnership with the school treasurer.

Jenny Tester, food service supervisor for Wauseon schools, provided an overview of food service staff and their job responsibilities throughout the district. Tester reported that the food service department is currently fully staffed. Tester also reported that the schools are serving “a lot more fresh fruits” through the USDA Department of Defense Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

The school board approved personnel items including contracts for archery coaches, piano accompanist, assistant speech coach, basketball coaches, wrestling coaches and a high school cook.

The Wauseon Board of Education approved a pay increase for substitute teachers on Monday.
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Wauseon Superintendent Troy Armstrong presents a diploma to Jessica Snow on Monday.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2022/10/web1_DSC_0001-1.jpgWauseon Superintendent Troy Armstrong presents a diploma to Jessica Snow on Monday. File photo

By Rachael Krisher

For the Expositor