Montpelier School Board Hears Much In Quick Session


In a mere nineteen minutes, the Montpelier Board of Education was brought up to date on a good many happening taking place in their school over the course of their November Regular meeting.

In her report to the board, Junior High and High School Principal SuAnn Thorp gave the board an update on the results of the most recent round of OGT testing, stating that they “went well.” Staying in the realm of academic standards, she also informed board members of a new incentive program for grades seven through twelve. Every student who made the honor roll last term received a cookie from Cookies On Demand. Eight of those students were selected to attend a Toledo Walleyes hockey game on November 19.

There may be a new science curriculum at Montpelier in the future, according to Thorp. A science committee has been established to explore alternative coursework for kindergarten students to high school seniors.

After making the trip to Defiance College for the Northwest Ohio School Leadership Conference, held on November 22, the Montpelier Chapter of the National Honor Society had nothing but great things to say about the guest speaker for the event, Ted Wiese. In fact, Wiese did such an excellent job of keeping his audience engaged while still spreading a great message, that several Williams County schools are attempting to schedule him to speak to their students sometime in the month of January.

Defiance College also played host to the W. Oscar Jones Choral Festival on Halloween weekend, and six Montpelier students accompanied the school’s choir director, Mr. Leininger took part in the event.

All third through sixth grade staff members will undergo professional development, provided by the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center, in order to discuss the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests. The use of PARCC tests will allow teachers not only to better assess which students are most prepared to continue their academic career, but also which ones may be falling behind as well. The staff will focus on their own areas of academic content as to fall in line with newly set requirements.

Several donations were accepted at the meeting. Miscellaneous donors gave $70 to the school’s library. The Montpelier Eagles donated $3,000 to be split between the National Honor Society ($500), the Butterfly Project ($500), and Locomotion ($2,000). Montpelier Athletic Boosters divided up $12,444.99 among football ($4,400), Volleyball ($650), Wrestling ($5,000), and Boys Basketball ($2,394.99). With a $250 award, Richmond Machine contributed to Locomotion. Miscellaneous donors gave $45 to the Montpelier Athletic Department, while the Bob E. Rose Fund donated $422 to the department as well. The Montpelier Chamber of Commerce made a $25 contribution to the school’s band. Sacred Heart Church offered $100 to Locomotion.

Maternity leave for Stacy Guelde was approved by the board. Guelde will begin her leave on January 5 and plans to return to work on March 24. Vicki Martinich’s plan to retire, returning to work in a part-time capacity, was approved by the board as well.

With approval from the board, the school will purchase a new truck. The vehicle, a 2015 Ford F250 4X4 pickup truck, will cost $24,884.

Eight students were recognized during the board’s Student Achievement Liaison Report. Piper JoHantgen was noted for being a hard worker, good listener, and kind friend to classmates. Having good character and academic success in the first grade, Jonathan Fritsch received attention from the board as well. Payden Boothman was recognized for being kind and caring, with a heart for helping others. Nominated for always coming to math class with a smile on her face, Katelyn Plourde was also included in the report. Analise Standish was described as a sweet, charming girl who is kind to all students and teachers. The learning efforts and positive attitude of Sara Lewellen were noted by the board. Chelsea McCord was nominated for taking pride in all she does and going above and beyond what is asked of her without complaining. Finally, Kirsten Killion was recognized for her work ethic, compassion for others, and always being positive.

The board adjourned the meeting without entering into Executive Session.

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