Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center Holds Special Board Meeting


The following actions were taken by the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center Governing Board at their special meeting held June 28, 2016.

This was a meeting of the Governing Board in public for the purpose of conducting the Educational Service Center’s business and was not to be considered a public community meeting.

Meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm. by President, Mr. Ron Crawford. All in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

•Entered into executive session to discuss the appointment of public officials.

Upon leaving executive session, the following action was taken:

•Appointed Mr. James George as Governing Board Member to fill the term of office for District #5-Henry County-Bartlow, Jackson, Marion, Pleasant, Richfield, Van Buren Townships, effective June 28, 2016 through December 31, 2017.

•As all of the business of the special meeting was complete, the meeting adjourned at 6:25 pm.

The following actions were taken by the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center Governing Board at their regular meeting held June 28, 2016.

The meeting was called to order at 6:40 pm by President Ron Crawford.

The following items were approved under the consent agenda format:

•Approved minutes from the regular board meeting held May 24, 2016.

•Approved Financial Transactions

-Henry County Common Pleas Court-Juvenile Division to provide to NwOESC, Student Attendant Services for the period of 8/15/16-6/15/17

-NWOCA to provide to NwOESC, Rent-A-Tech Services for the period of 7/1/16-6/30/17

-Williams County Board of Developmental Disabilities to provide to NwOESC use of a Conversion Van for the period of 6/29/16-7/29/16

-NwOESC to provide to Pike-Delta-York Local Schools, Home Instruction Services for the period of 4/14/16-6/15/16

-NwOESC to provide to St. Paul Lutheran School, Occupational and Physical Therapist Services for the period of 8/15/16-6/15/17

-NwOESC to provide to St. Paul Lutheran School, Psychologist Services for the period of 8/15/16-6/15/17

-NwOESC to provide to St. Paul Lutheran School, Speech Therapist Services for the period of 8/15/16-6/15/17

-NwOESC to provide to Williams County Board of Development Disabilities, Visual Impairment Services for the period of 8/15/16-6/15/17

Michelle Borton, Intervention Specialist, effective 8/1/16
Amanda Seedorf, Intervention Specialist, effective 8/1/16


Certified Limited
Aeschliman, Kristy A. – CERT-1 Yr – 8/1/16-7/31/17
Boyd, Tammie J. – CERT-1 Yr – 8/1/16-7/31/17
Eckley, Lindsey M. – CERT-1 Yr – 8/1/16-7/31/17
Eidenier, Victoria S. – CERT-1 Yr – 6/20/16-8/30/16
Gibson, Rhonda L. – CERT-1 Yr – 8/1/16-7/31/17
Hyland, Patricia – CERT-1 Yr – 7/1/16-6/30/17
King, Gretchen R. – CERT-1 Yr – 8/1/16-7/31/17
Lalonde, Denise J. – CERT-1 Yr – 6/1/16-8/30/16
Lantow, Tina M. – CERT-1 Yr – 8/1/16-7/31/17
Lewis, Elizabeth R. – CERT-1 Yr – 7/1/16-6/30/17
Masters, Lori L. – CERT-1 Yr – 6/20/16-8/30/16
Millen, Christopher G. – CERT-1 Yr – 8/1/16-7/31/17
Niemeyer, Karley K. – CERT-1 Yr – 8/1/16-7/31/17
Opdycke, Debra – CERT-1 Yr – 6/20/16-8/30/16
Rentschler, Jessie K. – CERT-1 Yr – 8/1/16-7/31/17
Stevens, Megan S. – CERT-1 Yr – 8/1/16-7/31/17
Tanner, Caryn N. – CERT-1 Yr – 8/1/16-7/31/17
Yoho, Tricia J. – CERT-1 Yr – 8/1/16-7/31/17

Classified Limited
Eidenier, Carol – CLASS-1 Yr – 6/20/16-8/30/16
Ellerbrock, Jenna R. – CLASS-1 Yr – 8/1/16-7/31/17
Hutchison, Shelly – CLASS-1 Yr – 8/1/16-7/31/17
Keller, Emiley – CLASS-1 Yr – 6/20/16-8/30/16
Keller, Teresa A. – CLASS-1 Yr – 6/20/16-8/30/16
Long, Terri C. – CLASS-1 Yr – 6/20/16-8/30/16
Mann, Donna M. – CLASS-1 Yr – 6/20/16-8/30/16
Merrill, Rebekah J. – CLASS-2 Yr – 8/1/16-7/31/18
Osterland, Lisa N. – CLASS-1 Yr – 8/1/16-7/31/17
Rohrs, Christine M. – CLASS-2 Yr – 8/1/16-7/31/18
Ruiz, Torrie – CLASS-1 Yr – 6/30/16-12/31/16
Scheckelhoff, Kathy – CLASS-1 Yr – 6/20/16-8/30/16
Schulenberg, Susan – CLASS-1 Yr – 6/20/16-8/30/16
Sutton, Terry L. – CLASS-1 Yr – 8/1/16-7/31/17
Vanderveer, Katrina M. – CLASS-1 Yr – 8/1/16-7/31/17
Young, Rachel A. – CLASS-1 Yr – 8/1/16-7/31/17

Additional Wage Payments
Selgo, Cathy, Speech Therapist Summer Enrichment, 6/20/16-7/31/16

21st Century Site Coordinators
Ayersville – Shannon George, Elizabeth Giesige
Defiance – Deanne Held, Jane Myers, Barbara Smith, Renee Wank
Holgate – Cassandra Hemmelgarn, Karen Thomas
Liberty Center – Kaitlyn Goble
Napoleon – Daniel Curtis
Patrick Henry – Kyle Lacy
Wauseon – Sheila Gruenhagen, Sheryl Gurzynski, Patricia Turpening

21st Century Teachers
Ayersville – Heather Anderson, Shannon George, Elizabeth Giesige, Janelle Lymanstall, Katherine Schubert

Defiance – Mary Born, Danielle Caryer, Rachel Davis, Susan Goff, Janalee Hiltner, Michelle Homier, Julie Houck, Kayla Tonneas, Sharon Waldron, Jennifer Warner, Kristin Wendell

Holgate – Kathy Beck, Catherine Buchholz, Chad Dale, Michelle Hohenberger, Sherry Krueger, Timothy McGhee, Julie Schroeder

21st Century Program Assistants

Defiance – Michelle Imthurn, Lana Kiessling, Shannon Lopez, Kathleen Parker

Wauseon – Sheila Gruenhagen, Sheryl Gurzynski

21st Century Specialized Education Assistants
Defiance – Shannon Lopez

21st Century Drivers
Holgate – Thomas Muntz

Substitute Paraprofessionals
Katherine Brown, MaryAnn Bunke, Carol Carpenter, Adam Cook, Karen Dickerson, Heather Dilworth, Bonnie Gillingham, Kathy Gross, Laura Hawkins, Ashley Hopper, Timothy Howard, Shelly Hutchison, Debra Krauss, Elizabeth Kuhbander, Stacy Lehman, Janice Leopold, Gina Meier, Amy Miller, Brian Nicholson, Ann Panning, Martha Ringenberg, Jane Rupp, Constance Smith, Jennifer Smith, Marjorie Smith, Patricia Sutter, Kelly Waldron, Gwendolyn Weaver.

Substitute Teachers
Lowynn Atkinson, Norman Beck, Susan Beck, William Blystone, Kenneth Brandon, Katherine Brown, Zachary Brown, Alycia Buenger, Erica Burkholder, Karen Burns, Adam Cook, Cathy DeHass, Leiah DeLeon, Deborah Dominique, John Downey, Cherie Dupler, Jerry Fensler, Bruce Gamiere, Kimberly Garrow, Candice Giesige, Marrissa Gracia, Carolyn Gray, Nancy Grover, Virginia Hines, Lora Hubby, Mark Huffman, Jessica Keene, Jennifer King, Suzanne Lammers, Mary Lloyd, Norma Marks, Carla McConnell, Patricia McCord, Carol McInerney, Gina Meier, Mark Mercer, Kelly Monnin, Michael Morris, Debbie Nixon, Rebecca Ortloff, Michelle Pelton, Jessica Pfund, Michelle Retcher, Michelle Retcher, Judith Reiser, John Rinck, Monica Ruffin, Jessica Runk, Jane Rupp, Renee Shadel, Cheryl Shaw, Kelly Smith, Susan Smith, Gregory Snider, Randall Stuckey, Robert Taylor, Rebecca Thatcher, Cynthia Vance, Joilyn Waidelich, William Wonders, Carly Zeiter.

Bus Drivers
Evergreen – Kathleen Donahue, Kathi Fruchey, Darcy Feeback, John McWatters, Melissa Miller, John Pero, Cynthia Pinkelman, Cindy Shininger, Jeffrey Simon, Luann Tipton

Northeastern – G. Kent Adams, Dan Bauer, Jerry Scott Beckman, William Burkhart, Bryan Etzler, Judith Hancock, Kathleen Homier, Cynthia Leenen, Kenton McQuillin, William Meyer, Denise Moog, Terry Oyer, Anne Rethmel, Julie Sanders, John C. Wagner

NwOESC – Lynn Clay (Migrant Prg), Patricia Leupp (substitute IEC driver)

Van Drivers
Northeastern – Christopher Lake, Craig Rutter

NwOESC – Kristen Bostelman, Sara Buchenberg, Megan Burrill, Amanda Doty, Kassie Kelly, Janet Lembach, Holly Leupp, Jane Lighthill, Donna Mann (Wms Co Bd of DD Summer Prg), Teresa Rettig, Diana Smith, Suzanne Wagner

•Accepted the quote from Schools of Ohio Risk Sharing Authority (SORSA) for property, liability, and automotive insurance coverage for the period 7/1/16-6/30/17.

•Approved the FY17 appropriation measure for general funds as listed with carryover of current year encumbrances to arrive at the expendable budget amounts, and all other funds (special cost centers of 9000 and higher) with encumbrances also to be carried forward with their ending cash balances and appropriations into the new fiscal year. (List will be distributed at the Board meeting-Actual amounts will be included in minutes for historical reference).

•Approved memberships in the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) and membership in the national ESC organization, Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) both for the period of 7/1/16-6/30/17.

•Approved an ESC School Law Hotline Agreement for the 2016-17 school year with McGown & Markling Co., LPA through a partnership with the Ohio Educational Service Center Association for five (5) complimentary hours of legal services and a reduced rate for hours beyond five (5).

•Appointed the following to serve on the Audit Committee to quarterly review calendar year 2016 financial reports:
1. Mr. Homer Hendricks, Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer
2. Mrs. Diane Wyse

And also to appoint the following to serve as OSBA Legislative Liaison:
1. Mrs. Nona Rupp

-Distributed “draft” copies of the following NwOESC handbooks for 2016-17, with the intent to recommend for approval at the July meeting:

•Certified Staff Handbook
•Classified Staff Handbook
•Preschool Parent Handbook
•IEC Parent/Student Handbook
•Northwest Ohio Opportunity School Parent Handbook/Student Handbook
•21st Century Staff Handbook
•21st Century Parent/Student Handbook
•LPDC Handbook

-Mrs. Gilliland shared preliminary information on a concept to expand professional development, departmental support, and mentorship in the school psychology department. Additional information gathering and discussion will occur.


OSBA STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT LIAISON: Mr. Brian Baker shared that the Northwest Region of OSBA is seeking area participation in the Student Achievement Fair held at the Fall Conference in November, 2016. The OSBA Student Achievement Fair provides an avenue for students to showcase innovative curriculum ideas, musical performances and art projects occurring in schools across Ohio.

SUPERINTENDENT: Mrs. Kerri Gearhart shared that ODE has finalized the High Performing ESC Application Process for 2017. School nursing services are being developed for the coming school year. Ohio will be implementing a Sales Tax Holiday for Back-to-School 2016, which will begin at 12:00 a.m. Friday, August 5th and extend through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 7th. Clothing, school supplies, and school instructional materials (within guidelines) purchased during this period are exempt from sales and use tax. The Public Loan Forgiveness Program being promoted by NwOESC has seen positive results in the area, connecting eligible public employees to an underutilized federal student loan forgiveness program.

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER: Mr. Homer Hendricks reported the business office staff are wrapping up the current fiscal year and preparing for the next. Contracts have been received and requisitions processed. Preparation for the Williams County Summer Enrichment Program through the Board of DD is underway. An alternative to the state fiscal software continues to be investigated with possible Wave 3 participation. Affordable Care Act files were submitted as required by the IRS.

DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION: Mrs. Jill Gilliland reported on staffing progress in filling requests for specialized services and programs. ODE is still in process of finalizing the Step-Up-to-Quality ratings for NwOESC preschools.

DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Mrs. Kris Dobbelaere reported on the success of the Summer Honors Academy held recently at Defiance Elementary. Over 400 students across northwest Ohio attended. To be commended for heading up the program is Gifted Supervisor, Renee Long. Planning for professional development for 2016-17 is well underway. Examples include Leadership Lunch and Learn series, Substitute Teacher training, and School Counselor Evaluation training. Educational Consultant, Jen Ripke, has developed the Resident Educator Training program for 2016-17, which supports area teachers in their first 3-4 years of teaching.

•As all of the business of the evening was complete, the meeting adjourned at 7:56 pm. The next regular meeting of the board will be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at the NwOESC office located at 205 Nolan Parkway, Archbold, OH.


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