School board approves bus drivers’ contract

By David J. Coehrs - [email protected]

The Wauseon Board of Education ratified a memorandum agreement between the school district and the bus drivers’ union during a brief summer session on Monday.

Board members Sandy Griggs, Miriam Frank, and Rick Stidham approved the three-year agreement with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 533. Board members Larry Fruth and Laurie Suntken were not in attendance.

Earlier in the meeting, the board entered into executive session to discuss and prepare for negotiated agreements.

During the session’s brisk business portion, board members paused to amend a previous resolution in order to correct a transfer of funds not to exceed $54,000 from the general fund to the Education Management Information System (EMIS) fund. The transfer was to pay costs associated with the district’s management information systems.

EMIS collects data for primary and secondary education in the state.

Motions were also approved to transfer $25,000 from the district’s general fund to the Uniform School Supply Fund, approve student activity budgets for Fiscal Year 2016, and approve Matt Hutchinson as a signer for the Wauseon Athletic checking account.

In other business, the board approved change funds for FY 2016 in the following areas: Art Festival, $40; high school athletics, $2,000, and middle school athletics, $400; concessions, $400; food service, $50; GCF Snack Shack, $50; 2015 junior class, $40; 2015 junior class concessions, $200; Pepsi machines, $85; Speech concessions, $100; high school and middle school Speech Tournament, $260 and $150, respectively; high school Student Council, $150; and primary, elementary, and middle schools, $100, $30, and $100, respectively.

A change fund is the amount a school organization requests from the district to make monetary change at its events and fundraisers.

Donations the district accepted included: $600 in gift certificates from the Wauseon Rotary Club to the elementary school food pantry; $750 and an FFA blue jacket from the National FFA Foundation to the high school’s FFA account; a used tractor trailer tire from Miller Brothers Construction to the high school athletic department; and weight equipment from the Tomahawk Wrestling Club to the high school athletic department, valued at $7,362.41, for use in the district’s new athletic facility.

In personnel business, the board approved: the transfer of Kelley Finney from elementary school to primary school intervention specialist; the resignations of Jason Lozer as high school assistant band director, effective June 26, and Amanda Dandino Wayton as high school intervention specialist and assistant fall play director, effective July 1; a one-year limited certificated teaching contract to Amanda Aniolowski as high school assistant band director; one-year limited contracts to Mike Colon as head girls track coach and Jason Robinson (non-athletic supplemental) as assistant fall play director; Jaime Rupp as long-term substitute teacher for Nichole Aeschliman; and Dave Sauber as volunteer seventh-grade football coach.

Some of the approvals are pending clean background checks and proper licensure.

Board members also approved authorization of “then and now” certificates totaling $501.05 for payment of a freezer sensor, employee mileage reimbursement, and electrical work.

The meeting closed with a presentation by the district’s Fiscal Department.

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.