The Wauseon Board of Education used part its first 2014 meeting Monday as an organizational session, and its members were lauded by the district’s schools.
During a brisk opening sequence, the board voted to retain members Sandy Griggs as president and Larry Fruth as vice president. District Treasurer Karen Dameron swore them in to the positions.
The board also retained meeting times of 5:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month, and noon every fourth Thursday. Exceptions to the regular Monday meeting schedule will be May 19, June 23, and Nov. 17.
Fruth was named the board’s legislative liaison, and board member Miriam Frank the student achievement liaison. Superintendent Larry Brown was named the school district’s purchasing agent.
The meeting paused briefly as teachers representing the school buildings presented each board member with a certificate of appreciation for their work and a token gift crafted by a district student. Speaking for the board, Griggs thanked the teachers, saying, “Our jobs are pretty easy, considering what you guys do in the trenches every day.”
In personnel issues, board members approved the following appointments for the 2013-14 school year: a one-year limited certified non-athletic contract to Jessica Aeschliman as a teacher mentor; Elizabeth Shannon from a 1.5-hour middle school cook to a two-hour high school cook; Donna Belles as a substitute cook; Shelley Kelbe as a substitute bus driver; and Jo Dee Aeschliman as a substitute teacher.
The board also approved a motion to continue land lease contracts with local property owners totaling 31 acres, at a rate of $175 per acre, for use by the district’s Agricultural Education classes. The contracts are effective Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2018.
In school building reports:
Friday, Jan. 17, will be a teacher in-service day throughout the district.
• Primary School principal Troy Armstrong reported that preparations will be made to score well in the Ohio Department of Education’s “Step Up To Quality” preschool program. The new program rates the state’s preschools within a five-star system.
Armstrong said the school will strive to exceed the standard three-star rating given under the system. Wauseon Primary School will possibly be included in the ODE’s upcoming second round of ratings.
He also announced the school’s Grade Level Awards Program schedule: kindergarten, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m.; first grade, to be held in the classrooms; and second grade, Jan. 24 at 1:45 p.m.
• Elementary School principal Theresa Vietmeier said Ohio Teacher Evaluation System classroom walk-throughs will be conducted throughout the remaining school year. Vietmeier said several teachers have requested a walk-through so they may present interesting and/or innovative classroom projects to the district’s administrators.
She said it is impressive “when teachers request it and cultivate a learning environment.”
Upcoming elementary school events include: “Energized Guyz,” a science-themed National Theater Group assembly, Jan. 21; Math Night, Jan. 28; a Red Cross blood drive, Feb. 4; and third grade and fourth- and fifth-grade awards assemblies, Feb. 6 and 7, respectively.
• Middle School principal Joe Friess said he is in discussions with other local school districts regarding a possible partnership to arrange a seventh- and eighth-grade student trip to Washington, D.C., sometime in June. The trip would be financed individually; there would be no fundraising.
Friess also announced that the following students will participate in the Ohio Music Education Association’s District One Honor Band performance at the Stranahan Theater in Toledo on Feb. 16: Sarah Brown, Amber Wolpert, Karli Callahan, Lance Jutze, Lukas Dominique, Rebekah Rees, Jozef Sherma, Kodi Albright, Michael Cheezan, Lucas Blanchong, Conner Hicks, and Kyle Vernot. Alternate: Sophia Stockham.
• High School principal Keith Leatherman reported that a financial aid meeting for the parents of seniors will be held Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.
He also announced that the process of course registration for juniors begins Feb. 3, and will be discussed during English, history, and science classes.
The Ohio Graduation Test is scheduled for the week of March 10, with makeup testing scheduled for the week of March 17.
The school board also:
• Approved a motion for modifications and supplemental modifications to the Fiscal Year 2014 Certificate of Estimated Resources.
• Approved a motion authorizing a $1,659.87 “then and now” certificate to the HPS Corporation for the annual food service membership fee. A “now and then” certificate is issued when an expense over $1,000 is budgeted before a purchase order is actually in place.
• Approved a motion to join the Straight A Fund consortium with 16 four-county school districts to receive a share of $3.4 million in Straight A grant funds for Fiscal Year 2014.
Board members entered into an executive session to discuss the employment of personnel. No action was taken.