The Wauseon Board of Education will begin advertising for building design proposals after recently deciding to construct new district offices rather than continue leasing space.
Board members unanimously passed a resolution Monday to solicit professional services from architectural firms as construction details are fleshed out for a new administrative office building. The building will be located on district property but plans are in their early stages.
Superintendent Larry Brown said the school district will advertise for the design proposals in one or more local newspapers for about two weeks. He said the board will request lists of services the architectural firms can supply the building project rather than ask for cash bids. A firm will be chosen on those merits.
The current BOE offices at 126 S. Fulton St. will be vacated when the lease expires March 31. Temporary quarters will be located at Wauseon Middle School.
In other business, board members approved a one-year limited certificated contract to Brenda Wagner as a high school business teacher for the 2017-18 school year. Formerly from the Central Local School District, Wagner is authorized to teach College Credit Plus (CCP) coursework, and also has coaching experience.
“She comes with a lot of skills,” Brown said.
The board accepted the resignations of high school attendance secretary Rebecca Wagner and bus driver Shari Holeton, both effective July 1 and both for the purpose of retirement. It approved Justin Freestone as a student pool worker for the current school year.
Other approvals included: a $232 donation to the Wauseon Elementary School Pantry, which distributes backpacks with food and sundry items to students and their families; authorizations for “then and now certificates” to Rupp Rosebrock Inc. for Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant bleachers and a track/soccer press box at $8,365 and $14,022, respectively; and motions to approve modifications and supplemental modifications to both the Fiscal Year 2017 Permanent Appropriations and Certificate of Resources.
The school district also welcomed Lauren Nafziger as its new assistant treasurer.
In building reports:
• Primary School principal Blake Young reported that kindergarten registration is scheduled for March 23-24. Currently, 113 appointments have been scheduled.
Music informances will be held for first grade students March 20-24, and for kindergarten students April 3-7.
In the “Basket Buddy” program, second grade students are tutoring those in kindergarten and first grade in everything from tying shoes to math flash cards.
Student-led conferences will be held April 3 from 3:30-7:30 p.m.
• Elementary School students attended “AIR: The Invisible Wonder,” an assembly by Mobile Ed Productions. Students learned about the three states of matter and participated in demonstrations and interactive experiments.
Principal Theresa Vietmeier told the school board the event had a positive impact on the students. “It just was great for all grade levels. It just got them thinking about the concepts of physics and air, all these neat science concepts,” she said.
The school’s testing schedule is between March 28 and May 5. Students will be given two shorter tests with time in-between, rather than be tested over one day.
Fourth grade students performed a musical, “Orffing Around the Magical Zoo,” singing, dancing, acting, and playing percussion instruments.
Vietmeier praised learning opportunities in math, science, and reading provided by a United Way grant. “Everything is hands-on, and it really is the best way to learn,” she said.
• The schedule for state-mandated testing at the Middle School includes: reading/language arts, all grades, March 28-29; math, all grades, April 25 and April 27; sixth grade social studies and eighth grade science, May 2 and May 4.
Principal Joe Friess said 10 students participated in a local MathCounts contest, and placed first in the team competition. That team traveled to Columbus for the state competition but failed to place.
• Wauseon High School will debut several new courses next school year including Robotics, College Credit Plus classes in Government and Composition, and “Skills for the 21st Century,” which focuses on college and career topics.
Principal Keith Leatherman said 27 students already have expressed interest in Robotics, a class limited to 16 students that will receive assistance from Wauseon Machine employees.
The high school curriculum testing dates are: ACT, March 21; English/Language Arts I and II, March 28 and March 30, respectively; American History and Government, April 25; Biology, April 27; and Algebra I and Geometry, May 2 and May 4, respectively.
Leatherman reported the Wauseon Symphonic Band has qualified for the State Concert Band, the first time since 2012. The band performs April 22 in Findlay.
The Wauseon Acapella Choir received all 1’s at a Class A competition. It performs April 21 in Van Buren, Ohio.
Parent-teacher conferences will be held April 3 and April 6, 6-9 p.m.
And the high school will present its spring musical, “Into the Woods,” March 31 and April 1-2.
All buildings have received or will receive Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate (ALICE) training at their respective age levels by Delta Police Chief Nathan Hartsock.
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.