By: Nate Calvin
The Archbold School Board met in regular session on Monday, April 17th 2017 in the Media Center at Archbold High School. After roll call and the Pledge of Allegiance, Superintendent Aaron Rex provided this report:
“Mr. Short and I have been working with Mr. Link and Mr. Sell, along with some students to create a learning space in the courtyard. We heard about this during one of the government presentations and discussed how it could be used more effectively for things like classroom learning, or simply a place for kids and teachers to go. It appears that the Ohio Department of Education is seriously considering changing the graduation requirements after an advisory group met to discuss concerns. Our administrative team completed walkthroughs of every classroom at the elementary and the middle school last week. We were able to see our teachers engaging our students in worthwhile learning activities as we looked for the posting of objectives and formative assessments. I want to thank all of our staff members who prepared food or volunteered at the community at the end of March. This is a great outreach and our team was able to take part twice this school year. And finally, for the fifth year in a row Archbold has been recognized as one of the best communities for music education. Only 4% of school districts receive this award so we are proud of this recognition and obviously the people who continue to make it happen.”
The following building reports were presented as follows:
High School: Principal Royal Short stated that prom will be held Saturday, May 6th 2017 at Founder’s Hall. After Prom will take place this year at the recreation center on the campus of BGSU. Junior and Seniors will leave from the K of C Hall by bus and then return there following after prom activities for breakfast. Scholarship Night/Awards Night will be May 22nd at Founders Hall. On Tuesday, May 23rd grades 9-12 will be honored for class award and other achievements in the Auditorium at 7pm. On April 28th at 11:30am there will be a Senior Citizen Luncheon. The program will include a performance from the Jazz Band and the Company. Mr. Short also said that Archbold will be hosting the District Track meet on May 18th & 20th. He also stated that commencement is scheduled for Sunday, May 28th @ 2:30pm
Middle School: The Board was provided a list of names by Principal Matt Shields, of students who received Superior Ratings at the OMEA District 1 Solo and Ensemble competition which was held April 8th at Defiance High School. On April 4th, 7th graders took part in the inaugural “JA in a Day”. JA volunteers led the students through a series of fun interactive lessons related to entrepreneurship and personal finance. The 8th graders, joined by 8th graders from Fairview, participated in ACT OUT. ACT OUT is an interactive theatre group addressing important social issues facing today’s youth, including bullying, substance abuse, and personal relationships. The event was sponsored by Four County Family Center.
Elementary School: Principal Dorothy Lambert gave the Board a list of students who had been recognized during the month of March as Super Streaks. April 24th-28th is Volunteer Appreciation Week, Mrs. Lambert commented on how vital volunteers are to the success of their teachers and students. Testing is continuing with elementary students completing diagnostic testing in grades 1-3 from April 3rd-23rd. Grades 3-4 will be completing computerized state tests during the weeks of April 24th– May 5th.
Curriculum Director Michele Bagrowski said they’re just about to begin the next Ohio state testing window. The English, language arts assessments are complete with the math, science, and social studies test windows set to begin April 19th. Teachers in various subjects will be completing the roster verification process in the coming month to link their instruction to the students’ scores for growth measure purposes.
In regular business, the meeting minutes for the March 20th. 2017 meeting were approved and the March 2017 Financial Reports were also approved. Authorization was then granted for the distribution of proceeds from the high school concessions account to the following student activity accounts and organizations:
- Vocal Music Boosters- $794.52
- NHS- $1,589.04
- Athletic Boosters- $794.52
- Student Council- $1,589.04
- FCCLA- $1,191.78
- After Prom Committee- $5,958.90
- Boy’s & Girl’s Soccer Program- $1,986.30
- High School Art Club- $1,589.04
- Varsity Cheerleaders- $3.178.08
- Archbold Football Club- $1,589.04
- Class of 2018- $4,369.86
- Physics- $1,191.30
- Athletic Department- $1,986.30
- Principal Fund- $397.28
Also approved was a change fund to David Dominique, Football Club Concessions for $320 and also approval was given for the appropriate modifications.
Donations were accepted from the following:
- Kinsman Propane a $150 donation to the district
- Shaun Roth Scholarship Fund a $500 donation to the softball program
- An anonymous donor with a gift of $105 towards pizza night for the R.O.C.K.S. program.
Kaige Royal was approved for early graduation, having met all the graduation requirements effective March 22, 2017.
The following contracts were approved:
Royal Short- a 3-year contract as High School Principal effective from August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2021
- Matt Shields- a 3-year contract as Middle School Principal effective from August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2021
- Michele Bagrowski- a 3-year contract as Curriculm Director effective from August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2021
- Esther Rupp- a 3-year contract as School Psychologist effective from August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2020
- Allan Gladieux- a 3-year contract as Athletic Director effective from August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2020
- Approved contracts for the following as summer 2017 student custodial workers: Trevor Short, Bailey Short, Angel Huerta, LJ Tijerina, Kierstyn Repp, and Leslie Simon.
- Approved a contract for Taylor Gerken as a casual laborer for summer 2017.
- Approved a one-year supplemental contract for Courtney Froehlich as Elementary Spring Musical Director for the 2016-2017 school year.
Accepted the Superintendent’s recommendation to approve the extended days for the 2017-2018 school year as follows:
- HS Guidance (2)- 10 days
- MS Guidance- 10 days
- ES Guidance- 10 days
- Vo-Ag/FFA- 15 days
- Vocal Music- 10 days
- Band- 10 days
Accepted the Superintendent’s recommendation to approve the following certified contracts for the 2017-2018 school year: Jaime Anderson, Krystina Bowerman, Jeff Brunswick, Cynthia Clark, Jennifer Cobb, John Culler, Breanna Daugherty, Lauren Frey, Zach Gericke, Shelby Graber, Mindy Gruenhagen, Stacy Guelde, Amy Johns, Crista McCabe, Jody Schwyn, Ryan Sell, Miranda Sumpter, Alissa Stockburger, Ryan Throne, Elizabeth Voll, Megan Wiemken, and Miranda Willis.
Accepted the Superintendent’s recommendation to approve the following classified contracts for the 2017-2018 school year: Jason Baun, Maghan Burkle, Diana Fridley, Ryan Hicks, Tiffanie Kruse, Jill Nafziger, Sarah Nafziger, Tricia Rodriguez, and Larry Rupp.
The Board then entered executive session to discuss personnel at 5:26pm. They exited the session at 6:06pm and took the following action before adjourning the meeting:
Approved compensation increase for the position of Athletic Director in the amount of 2% effective August 1, 2017 and 1.75% effective August 1, 2018.