Wauseon schools updating plans

Continuous improvement targeted

By David J. Coehrs - [email protected]

Wauseon school board members on Monday were given an update of the district’s Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) during its busy September meeting.

During a brief presentation, Superintendent Larry Brown said a revival of the CIP beginning in January will offer a blueprint for improvements without overhauling the original plan, which was developed 17 years ago.

But the update would revise sections of the plan including its mission, “Vision of the District,” and “Core Beliefs of the School Community.” It would also involve the development and creation of a district motto and up to five newly-created goals related to the present pre-kindergarten to grade 12 environment. The goals would be created by a task force comprised of a school community leader and staff and community members.

A 38-member planning team developed the district’s CIP in August of 1999.

In other business, board members approved the following personnel items:

Hope Wood, one-year limited certificated contract as an elementary school intervention specialist, pending receipt of a clean background check and proof of release from contract at Liberty Center schools; Tatiana Wright, an amended salary from M+15 to M for the 2016-17 school year; one-year limited non-athletic certified supplemental contracts to Tatiana Wright as Spanish Club advisor, Jessica Gerig as elementary school Student Council advisor, Laura Leininger as SLO coordinator, and the following district mentors: Tammy Ankney, April Beck, Katie Black, Mindy Cheney, Don Clark, Brad Myers, Lynelle Nofziger, Amy Warncke, Besty Wenger, Michelle Winters, and Amber Wonderly.

Other personnel assignments include: the reassignment of Carrie Jeffries from third grade intervention specialist to third to fifth grade intervention specialist; Title I teacher to Deana Beck for fifth grade, Kristen Sayers as fourth grade Title I teacher, and Hope Hodges as second grade part-time Title I teacher, all at $25 per hour.

Michelle Eberle and Amber Fryzel as primary school and middle school LPDC representatives, respectively; one-year limited outside non-athletic supplemental contracts to Jamie Clark as majorette advisor and Claire Chirgott as drill team advisor; one-year limited certificated athletic supplemental contract to Brittany Schroeder as assistant swim coach; Vicki L. Kline, Stephanie Martinez, John Kessler, Rustina Gochenour as classified substitutes; reassignment of Samantha Sherman to two-hour cook; voluntary hour reduction of Julie Shehorn to three-hour cook; the retirement of Sheila Gruenhagen as high school teacher aide.

One-year limited certificated athletic supplemental contract to Kyle Borton as varsity assistant girls basketball coach and Sheila Vernot as junior high cross country coach; one-year limited outside supplemental contract to Jennifer Allen as junior high cross country; volunteer wrestling coaches Zane Krall, Terry Lind, and Jacob Whitcomb; Carson Frey, volunteer wrestling coach pending background check.

Athletic Department workers Cassandra Cameron, Kelsey Cameron, Halle Floss, Logan Hines, Olivia Leininger, Kennedy Lillich; Payton Lovins, Matthew Manson, Brook Renfer, Austin Rotroff, and Ally Tefft; pool workers John Zuchowski and students Patience Bachman, Megan Caroll, Alexys Carteaux, McKenzie Darnell, Sydney Darnell, Nicholas Dilworth, Audrey Lane, Alexis Meyer, Kennedy Nation, Kate Precht, Jenna Rhodes, Maggie Roelfsema, Austin Schuette, Brooke Schuette, Tony Schweinhagen, and Mac Warncke.

In building reports:

• Primary School Principal Blake Young said students were given diagnostics including STAR Reading to decide which students need services. He said kindergarten students will take the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment before November.

Sports Week will be held Sept. 19-23.

• Student artwork from Wauseon Elementary School and the primary school is featured in “Celebrating Art,” a collection designed to promote their talents. The schools’ entries were ranked first in Ohio for the second consecutive year.

Upcoming events include Ag Fest Sept. 21 and a teacher in-service Sept. 26.

• Wauseon Middle School will again host a visit by an Ohio Department of Education member. This year it will be Jessica Dawso, associate director of the Office for Exceptional Children. Principal Joe Friess will then visit the Ohio Departmeent of Education to shadow Dawso. The middle school is one of 20 school buildings in the state to participate.

Health classes in grades 6 and 8 will take part in the Fulton County Youth Health Survey.

Upcoming events include Picture Day on Sept. 23 and the beginning of the 21st Century Before and After School Program on Oct. 3.

• Beginning this year, Wauseon High School will implement a a new semester exam exemption policy: No exemptions will be available first semester. At the completion of second semester, students can choose two exams for exemption, but only in year-long courses in which they earned an A both third and fourth quarters.

The Fulton County Safe Communities organization will provide “Cinema Drive,” an assembly to encourage student drivers to change bad motorist habits and behavior.

Upcoming events include Picture Day on Sept. 19 and the Homecoming Dance on Oct. 8.

The school board also approved motions to:

• Authorize the superintendent to enter an agreement with Versatrans for bus hardware and supplemental software applications.

• Approve Dylan R. Hall as a 2016 Wauseon High School graduate after successful completion of local and state requirements.

• Approve NEOLA Bylaw Policy additions, revisions and/or replacements.

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

Continuous improvement targeted

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.