Wauseon Board Of Education Makes Preparations For 2014-15 School Year; Speech Team Delivers At National Competition

1238967_510525325691455_306623646_n_thumb8The Wauseon Board of Education met Tuesday, June 24, and passed several items in preparation of the upcoming school year. All bills, financial reports, and investments were approved as presented. The creation of the Class of 2018 fund was also approved. Additionally, all modifications and supplemental modifications to the FY14 Permanent Appropriations and the FY14 Certificate of Resources were also approved. Temporary appropriations for FY15 for all funds (except carryover projects) at 100% of the current FY14 expenditures with carryover projects at 100% of the unencumbered remaining balance were also established. It was noted that the appropriations are not intended to cover the entire fiscal year.

The purchase of liability coverage under the school insurance program, at cost of $70 per group, effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 was allowed for Parents Supporting Schools, the Wauseon After-Prom Committee, the Wauseon Athletic Boosters, and the Wauseon Music Boosters. The purchase of Property, Fleet, Liability, and Excess Liability Insurance from the Harcum-Schuette Agency, a division of Hylant Administrative Services of Toledo, Ohio, effective July 1, 2014 through July 30, 2015 was also approved at a cost of Liability and Violence ($8707), Fleet ($12,347), and Property ($33,352).

The authorization for “then and now” certificates to the Ohio FFA Association for the amount of $1,115 and to New Horizons Academy for the amount of $54,113.75 were also approved with the Treasurer certifying that there was at the time of the making of the contracts and at the time of the execution of the certificates a sufficient sum appropriated for the purpose of the contracts and in the treasury or in process of collection to the credit on an appropriate fund free from any previous encumbrances.

Transfers from the General Fund to the EMIS fund to and to the Uniform Supply account were also approved with an amount not to exceed $45,000 to go to the EMIS fund to cover costs associated with management information systems and an amount not to exceed $13,000 to go to the Uniform Supply account to cover costs associated with HB1 fee waiver requirements. A transfer of $1,370.29 from the Class of 2009 fund to the WHS Student Council Fund was also approved.

Several donations were also accepted, with gratitude, by the Board. The Wauseon Education Association, John and Sara Stuck, Marvin and Angela Hill, Courtney Bowerman, and Ruth Ann Kast all donated to the John S. Tiffany Scholarship Fund. Jack and Evan Bauer, Jordan King, and Owen King all contributed to the Wauseon Elementary School Food Pantry. Donations to the Wauseon Primary School Food Pantry were received by Faith Stinner, Alex Stinner, Nathaniel Stinner, Nicholas Stinner, and Logan Stinner. The Tommy the Transit fund also received donations from Danielle Carr, Sabrina Hartson, and AJ King. Additionally, the following donations were received:

~ $2000 from the Wauseon Athletic Boosters to be used to offset a portion of the cost for a field stripper,
~ Volleyball uniforms valued at $1080 from the Wauseon Athletic Boosters to the WHS Athletic Department,
~ $579.55 from the Wauseon Athletic fund to be used toward NWOAL plaques,
~ $1000 from the Wauseon Music Boosters to be used to offset a portion of the cost for a field stripper,
~ $534.40 from the Wauseon Athletic Boosters for the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame expenses,
~ $100 from the Archbold United Methodist Church to the WHS Chorale, and
~ $500 from Wauseon Machine and Manufacturing Plant to the WHS Student Activity Fund to be used toward the 21st Century Grant after school program.

During the meeting the board also authorized participation to continue in Title I, Title II-A TQU, Title II-D, Title III LEP, IDEA-B, and ECSE – IDEA special education programs.

Several personnel items were also approved during the meeting with one year limited certificated teaching contracts being approved for offer to Carrie Ueberroth (WES Intervention Specialist), Laura Vorwerk (WHS Guidance Counselor), Stefanie Badenhop (WPS Intervention Specialist), Amanda Dadino (WHS Intervention Specialist), and Blake Young (WMS 6th Grade Reading/Langue Arts Teacher). A one year certificated non-athletic supplemental contract was approved for Angelica Dunsavage as Summer Music Instructor and Assistant Musical Director. All offers are pending receipt of a clean BCI/FBI background check.

One year limited supplemental contracts for extended time were approved for Katie Black (Agriculture – 60 days), Jessica Gerig (Guidance – 4 days), Michelle Leatherman (Guidance – 8 days), Laura Leininger (Work/Family Life – 10 days), Brian Pike (Agriculture – 60 days), Laura Vorwerk (Guidance -13 days), and Terri Westfall (Guidance – 13 days).

One year limited athletic supplemental contracts were approved for offer to Joe Allen (Boys Track), Kyle Borton (Assistant Track), Mike Colon (JH Track), Mary Kate Desposito (7th Grade Volleyball), Robin Fisher (Girls Track), Amy Kreiner (JH Track), Stan Schmidt (Boys Tennis), Rena Schroeder (JH Track), Tara Tedrow (8th Grade Volleyball), Trent Thomas (Baseball), Tom Vernot (Assistant Track), and Tom Wyse (Assistant Baseball).

Reassignments were also approved for 2014-15 Coaches Jordanne Buehrer (Assistant Girls Soccer to Girls Soccer), Sue Cowell (7th Grade Volleyball to 9th Grade Volleyball), Shawn Moore (7th Grade Football to 9th Grade Football), and Kelsey Newman (Girls Soccer to Assistant Girls Soccer). A one year limited outside athletic supplemental contract was allo offered to Michelle Casin as the 2014-15 Softball Coach.

Several NEOLA Bylaw Policy additions, revisions, and replacements were also approved for first reading during the meeting.

In principals’ reports, the Board heard the results from the OAA tests and learned that 99.2% of 3rd graders met the Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirements. They also learned that the American Red Cross will be holding a Wauseon High School Summer Scholarship Blood Drive at WHS on Tuesday, July 15 from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. High School Principal Keith Leatherman also updated the Board on the success of the Speech Team during the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament.

After qualifying at the Western Ohio District Tournament last Februrary, Wauseon sent four students, the largest delegation of in the team’s history, to Overland Park to compete in the National Tournament held June 15-20. Breanna Demaline and Clarissa Johnson competed in Duo Interpretation. Brenden Kost competed in International Extemporaneous Speaking. Motoki Maxted competed in Humorous Interpretation. All participants were guaranteed to speak in six preliminary rounds before elimination rounds began with the break to the octa-finals, which include the top 60 competitors out of the approximately 250 in each category.

Both Kost and Maxted progressed to the octa-finals in their categories, ranking them among them in approximately the top 25% of the students to compete at the national level. Kost and Maxted are the third and fourth students in the Speech Team’s history to progress beyond the preliminary rounds at the national level.

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