Archbold Board Officially Does Away With Sunday Sports

Sunday sports will officially be a thing of the past at Archbold Schools.

Superintendent Aaron Rex informed the Board of Education Jan. 4 of his decision to implement the ban effective immediately. The prohibition had always been the practice, it now has been made formal policy.

“There will be no open gyms or practices on Sundays,” Rex said.

The rule applies to coaches as well as they cannot be involved in school sponsored sports activities on Sundays. The district follows the lead of Wauseon and Evergreen as county schools who do not allow sports teams and athletes use of their gyms.

“I understand why coaches want to do it,” Rex said. “We want to try getting away from it.”

The rule does not apply to concerts or plays, Rex said.

The Archbold Board of Education elected Roel Galvan as president at its organizational meeting. Phil Nofziger was chosen to be vice president.

The board established regular meetings will begin at 5 p.m. the third Monday of the month. The June and July meetings will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Exceptions to the third Monday rule will be Feb. 13 and Aug. 14.

In his report, Rex talked about the district’s winter sports teams being off to a strong start. All the teams are doing well with the girls high school team remaining undefeated and state ranked.

“In addition, our eighth-grade boys team remains undefeated and have not lost a game in two years, Rex said. “We went into the winter season leading the league in all sports standings. Good luck to our winter sports teams as they continue.”

The administrative team along with the special education staff is going to be meeting soon to look at how the district currently serves students with special needs.

“Our goal is to see if we need to make any changes/adjustments for the future and determine if we are serving each student in the best way possible,” Rex said.

During the next month, the district will begin the second round of walkthroughs in the district. This process allows staff to see students and teachers in action.

“We specifically look for instructional goals, formative assessment, and how students are engaged in the educational process,” Rex said.

Rex noted former teacher Cindy Heckel died last week. Heckel taught at Archbold Elementary for 39 years and impacted many young people.

In other news, the board:

Approved the submission of the current 5-Year Forecast and the district schedules of debt in place of the tax budget to the County Budget Office.

Approved the increase to student worker/casual laborer, first year of service to $8.15, per the new Ohio minimum wage increase for 2017.

Accepted the retirement resignation of Christine Ziegler effective January 31, 2017.

Approved a Release and Waiver Agreement between the Board of Education and Christine Ziegler concerning employee’s retirement from employment with the Board.

Approved a resolution to re-employ Christine Ziegler as Treasurer effective February 1, 2017.

Approved an 18-month contract to Christine Ziegler, Treasurer beginning February 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018.

Approved Cassie Wyse as a softball volunteer for the 2016-2017 school year.

James Pruitt may be reached at publisher@thevillagereporter.com

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