Wauseon school board organizes for ‘17

By David J. Coehrs - [email protected]

The Wauseon Board of Education conducted a flurry of business during an organizational meeting held Monday as part of its first session of 2017.

Sandra Griggs was renamed board president, and Larry Fruth board vice president, and were sworn into their positions. Fruth was also named the board’s legislative liaison, and member Stacia Radabaugh was named student achievement liaison.

The board retained its regular meeting time of 5:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, with the exceptions of June 19 and Nov. 20. Noon meetings will remain on the fourth Thursday of each month, with the location rotating between the school buildings. They will not be held during the summer and in November and December.

In other business, the board accepted the following donations: $100 from the Wauseon Rotary Club and $40 from the Wauseon Downtown Association to the high school Chorale; $755.20 from the Tomahawk Wrestling Club to the Wauseon Athletic Department for hotel rooms; $121.10 from Wauseon Athletic Boosters to the Wauseon Athletic Department for NWOAL boys’ cross country plaques; $1,312 from the Wauseon Athletic Boosters to the Wauseon Athletic Department for junior high boys basketball uniforms; $510 in $10 Chief Supermarket gift cards from the Wauseon Rotary Club, $100 from Wauseon bus drivers, and $362 from Congregational United Church of Christ, all to the elementary school food pantry; $49.10 from Christ United Methodist Church to the middle school after school snack program; $918.40 from True North Church to fund reduced cost lunches for 164 students; $1,835.60 from Box Tops for Education to the elementary school; $150 from the Wauseon Lions Club to the high school National Honor Society; and $750 from the National FFA Foundation to the high school FFA.

Board members approved a motion to approve the following “then and now” certificates: $239.45 to Superior Wholesale District for sports candy concessions; $902 to McClurg Environmental for irrigation system repairs; and $1,701.75 and $1,509.20 to Scholastic Book Fair for a book fair.

They also approved motions for an alternative tax budget, as requested by the Fulton County Auditor Brett Kolb and including the five-year forecast and debt service schedule, and for additions, revisions and/or replacements to the NEOLA bylaw policy, respectively.

And the board approved the following personnel items: the resignations of Brad Myers, high school business education teacher, for retirement; a one-year, limited classified contract to Lauren Nafizer, pending a clean background check, as the assistant treasurer and in human resources, effective. Jan. 17; Chloe Lane as athletic department student worker; Lisa Kudlica as two-hour cook and reassigning Amy Kovar as three-hour cook at the middle school; the resignation of Melanie Wyse as primary school two-hour cook and her transition to the approved classified substitute list.

The Wauseon High School FFA received approval to attend the 212/360 Leadership Conference in Dublin, Ohio, Jan. 14-15.

In building reports:

• Primary School Principal Blake Young reported that student progress reports were sent home Jan. 6, reflecting first semester progress with comments from teachers.

Math Week will be held Jan. 23-27, with Family Math Night Jan. 26 from 6-7 p.m.

Music informational performances by kindergarten students will be held April 18-22, and by first grade students March 20-24. Parents and grandparents are invited.

Kindergarten registration is scheduled March 23-24; appointments can be made starting Feb. 1.

• At the elementary school, third grade reading scores from assessments taken in the fall show students at 52 percent proficient, as compared to a state level of 37 percent. Principal Theresa Vietmeier said the proficiency score shouldn’t be confused with the retention score which is tied to the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

A United Way grant will fund after school hands-on activity sessions that promote critical thinking.

Teachers will face a second round of observations between January and April. They will be completed as part of the teachers’ evaluations.

Math Night will be held Thursday, Jan. 19, 6-7:30 p.m. Attending students will receive a homework pass.

Awards ceremonies will be held the week of Jan. 23 for first semester accomplishments.

• Middle School Principal Joe Friess said the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) testing will be held for some eighth grade students Feb. 1. It’s administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, a section of the U.S. Department of Education.

STAR Diagnostic testing is also taking place.

• At Wauseon High School, end of course retesting is scheduled this week, including tests in Algebra I, geometry, English-Language Arts I and II, American History, and biology.

Students Sam Frank, Conner Johnson, Kodi Albright, Lance Jutze, and Paige Moden will perform in the Ohio Music Education Association District 1 Honors Music Festival on Feb. 12, 7 p.m., at the Stranahan Theater in Toledo.

And the speech team will compete Jan. 14 at Wooster, Jan. 20-21 at Sylvania, Jan. 28 at Fremont Ross, and Feb. 4 at Napoleon.

A professional development day is planned for all staff on Friday, Jan. 13.

The school board 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.