By: Chelsie Firestone – THE VILLAGE REPORTER
During their last regularly held meeting on September 9, the Wauseon Board of Education commended four student athletes for their qualification to and performance during the 2013 state track and field meet. Noah Castle, Quentin Reiser, Taylor Venot, and Seneca Wyse were all honored for their performances which have given them multiple school and league record as well as league and district championships. Coaches Allen and Fisher both were on hand to comment on the success of the athletes, the athletes commitment, and how much they look forward to seeing what these athletes will be able to accomplish in the future.
After the commendation of the athletes the board moved on to conduct regular business. In financial matters, a donation of $2174 from the Wauseon American Legion to the Wauseon Athletic Department was accepted with gratitude alongside a donation of a variety of discontinued paint pod samples to Wauseon High School Art (approximate value of $1659). Modifications and supplemental modifications to the FY14 Certificate of Recourses involving the Race to the Top Grant, IDEA B Grant, Title III Imm Grant, Title I Grant, ECSE Grant, and Title II Grant funds were also approved.
Personnel items included the approval or authorization of several items including:
•A one-year limited certified non-athletic supplemental contract to Caitlyn Lay as the WES Chior Director for the 2013-14 school year pending clean BCI/FBI checks.
•The Superintendent to enter into a service contract in the areas of technology including PowerSchool, PowerTeacher, PowerSchool/PowerTeacher training and website maintenance services with Lyn Moxim effective August 1, 2013.
•The Superintendent to enter into a service contract in the area of District Testing Coordination with Denise Meyer, effective September 1, 2013.
•A change in daily hours for Annette Wheeler as a Teacher Aide from 7 hours per day to 5.75 hours per day, effective with the 2013-14 school year
•One year limited contracts as Cooks for the 2013-14 school year for JoDee Aeshliman (WHS 2 hour cook), Anna Martinez (WHS 2 hour cook), and Elizabeth Shannon (WMS 1.5 hour cook)
•Abby Mouch (WES) and Janet Wyse (WMS) as Title I Intervention Substitute Teachers for the 2013-14 school year.
•The resignation for the purposes of retirement of Jay Magee as a WMS Science Teacher and Aquatics Director, effective December 31, 2013.
•The resignation of Julie Myers as Assistant to Treasurer/Payroll, effective September 20, 2013.
•Vicki Kline as a substitute van driver for the 2013-14 school year.
The board also heard from all building principals regarding current enrollment, each individual building’s report card, and progress with the new OTES (Ohio Teachers Evaluation System) guidelines, which call for a large commitment from both teachers and administrators in terms of professional development, the collection of data and evidence, and observation time.
The board also heard during the principals’ reports that the after school program funded by the 21st Century Grant will be coming to a close this year and that all funds will be exhausted. Due to having only half the budget the program has enjoyed in the past, the maximum amount of students will also be cut in half as to not cut the quality of the product. A strict and extensive formula is used to select from the students, limited to only a total of 45 this school year, who apply for the program. The selection process is based on both financial and academic needs.
At the end of the meeting changes in OHSAA guidelines involving changing school districts and how this might affect open enrollment were also discussed. Wauseon’s policy, which was adopted in 2008, has a deadline of application of June 1 each year. Due to this date having already passed, the school year being already underway, and the need for more information, the board has elected to leave the policy as it is for the current school year but to perform a study on how differing open enrollment policies might affect the school system.
Chelsie Firestone can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org