Wauseon schools will begin the academic year Aug. 19 with 11 new staff members and the resignations of a school principal and several other personnel members.
Superintendent Larry Brown announced at Monday’s Board of Education meeting that Troy Armstrong will leave the school district after serving 10 years as Wauseon Primary School principal. Armstrong accepted a position as assistant superintendent with Springfield Local Schools in Holland, Ohio.
He will remain as principal through Aug. 21. Beyond that, the district hopes to have his successor in place. The position was posted on Wednesday.
Armstrong thanked the school board for a decade of support, saying, “In my alternate pursuit of being a superintendent one day, this was a logical step for me… It’s been a tough decision, but a decision (from which) I hope to gain a lot of experience in the next few years toward that goal.”
Due to the proximity of the Springfield school district, Armstrong and his family will remain in Wauseon.
“I’m still going to be a fan, still going to be a dad in the district, and the husband of a great teacher,” he said.
Brown said Tuesday he appreciates Armstrong’s service and work at the primary school. “I feel confident that he’ll do a good job for Springfield,” he said.
Other district resignations announced included Tina Jones, district curriculum director; Tracy Behrman, orchestra director; Jeff Mazurowski, middle school intervention specialist; Sheryl Bechill, elementary school teacher aide; and Ronna Rice, high school cook.
Prior to the meeting’s start, the district’s principals introduced new faculty members. They are: Myriah Wooley, third grade; Abby Mouch, fifth grade; Catherine Savage, seventh grade; Chris Thomas, vocational agriculture; Terry Lind, physical education; Lindsay Gordon, primary and elementary school art; James Devine, elementary school intervention specialist; Chris Roberts, middle school guidance; Elizabeth Brodman, ELL coordinator; Don Clark, high school band director; and Amanda Aniolowski, assistant band director.
In other business, the board approved motions to ratify the tentative memorandum of understanding between the school district and the Wauseon Education Association for a 2.75 percent base salary increase. The agreement will be effective between Sept 1, 2015, and Aug. 31, 2016.
The increase will affect classified employees and administrators for fiscal year 2016.
Board members also approved one-year limited certificated contracts to: Walter Smith as a high school intervention specialist, pending receipt of a clean background check; Joy Hutchinson as head girls tennis coach; and teachers Tammy Ankney, April Beck, Mark Britsch, Mindy Cheney, Jennifer Grime, Brad Myers, Lynelle Nofziger, Lori Puehler, Amy Warncke, Betsy Wenger, Julie Wilhelm, and Amber Wonderly as mentors for the 2015-16 school year.
A motion for “then and now” certificates–for which money is appropriated for contracted services–was approved for: Fullerton, $2,778 for software renewal; the Bowling Green State University Theater Department, $125 for a primary school student assembly; and Electro-Mech, $107 for diagnostic repair.
A motion was also approved for an agreement between the school district and the Wood County Juvenile Detention Center/Residential Center of Northwest Ohio for services rendered during the 2015-16 school year.
In building reports:
• Primary School Principal Troy Armstrong reported that, in the interest of student and staff health, no carryout or vendor prepared foods will be added during lunch.
He also said “Journeys,” a new English/language arts curriculum by Houghton Mifflin, has been adopted pre-K through second grade. Students from kindergarten through fifth grade will continue to use Renaissance Learning’s STAR reading and math online.
Additionally, the Junior Achievement program will be available in all classrooms.
• In academic news, Elementary School Principal Theresa Vietmeier said only one student of 143 failed to pass the spring reading Ohio Achievement Assessment.
She also told board members the school did not receive the 21st Century Grant for this academic year.
Upcoming events include a third grade Open House and Orientation Aug. 18 from 5:30-6 p.m. and the elementary school open house from 6-7:30 p.m.
• Wauseon High School freshman orientation will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. Chromebook and schedule pick-up for grades 10-12 will be held Thursday from 1-3 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., and Monday from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.
Principal Keith Leatherman said 18 students attended Four County Career Center summer school and earned 15.5 credits. A total of 19 students took Ohio Graduation Test intervention classes in which four of five passed math, seven of eight passed social studies, and 10 of 14 passed science.
The school board also approved:
• A donation of strength training equipment valued at $1,572 from the Tomahawk Wrestling Club to be used at the district’s athletic building.
• A request for an FFA overnight trip Sept. 27-29 to Greenhand Camp.
The district’s student counselors gave a presentation before the school board entered into executive session to discuss employment of personnel. No action was taken.
David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.