Busy night for Van Wert City Schools Board of Education

By Sherry Missler

Times Bulletin Staff Writer

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VAN WERT – Van Wert City Schools Board of Education approved a resolution providing for the sale and issuance of facilities improvement bonds for the renovation of Eggerss Stadium at its meeting on Wednesday. In addition, the Board approved the hiring of a number of people, the fiscal year 2022 May Five-Year Forecast, the fiscal year 2022 permanent appropriations, and the petty cash / change funds.

District Treasurer Michelle Mawer spoke to the Board on the Five-Year Forecast calling it “a snapshot in time.” She added, “It changes. It also changed daily at times. ” The forecast has yearly expenditures exceeding revenues by fiscal year 2024. Mawer noted, “When the expenditures exceed the revenue… it creates what we call the alligator mouth and when it starts getting too big and starts spreading farther and farther apart, it starts eating the cash balance. ” She told the Board, “It’s something we’ll have to work on.”

Assistant Superintendent Bill Clifton spoke to the Board on several matters. “Our summer maintenance is off and running,” he said, adding, “We’ve hired quite a few summer employees.” He said the district has hired about twice as many as usual because those hired were “unable to commit to a full time, 40 hours a week.” He noted that in addition to the annual cleaning of the buildings, several projects would also be completed this summer, including the sanding down, resurfacing, and repainting of the high school / middle school gym floors. He also said the district would be purchasing a maintenance truck, the current one being about 20 years old which will then be used in a limited capacity. He said the district is awaiting official quotes from Cardinal Busing for buses. “We are looking at the quotes of either one to two buses,” he said. He said if a second bus is purchased it will be a special education bus.

Superintendent Mark Bagley told the Board, “We had our graduation last Sunday and it went great.” He also spoke on some of the challenges the district faces, including funding and staffing. With regards to the stadium renovation project, Bagley said, “people want to see dirt move right away” but added that there were things that needed to be done before the project could get going such as the sale of bonds to finance the project.

Board President Anthony Adams said, “We certainly want to thank the community for their support of our levy. It was great to see.”

A presentation of the Literacy Collaborative at the elementary school was viewed at the beginning of the meeting.

In other action, the Board:

* Accepted the resignations of Paul Wisden, head volleyball coach; Tyler Money, assistant to the technology director; Susan Brubaker, elementary school music teacher; and Zane McElroy, middle school gateway to technology teacher.

* Approved Ashley Mooney as a first grade intervention specialist, Jason Holubik as a fourth grade teacher, Chris Kraner as a middle school English language arts / social studies teacher, Sarah Smith as a school psychologist, Paige Motycka as a high school intervention specialist, and Julie Hamilton as a paraprofessional at the Van Wert School at the Goedde.

* Approved a three-year administrative contract to Tracy Wehner, principal elementary school assistant.

* Approved the following high school paraprofessionals as Van Wert City School employees Eli Alvarez and Della Harting.

* Approved Danae Leaser, Chrissy Kreischer, Janine Warnecke, Jennifer Huffman (ESY services only), Lisa Knoch (ESY services only), Shelly Place, Drew Bittner, Lydia Whitman, Deb Pollock, Sherry Boroff, Nikki Adams (testing week only), Ronda Niemeyer (testing week only), Kim Dowdy (testing week only), Judi Smith as 2022 summer school Early Childhood Center staff.

* Approved Tom Baer, ​​Erin Lee, and Della Harting as middle school summer 2022 staff.

* Approved Jeff Kallas as the summer 2022 government teacher.

* Approved a supplemental coaching contract for Matt Krites as head volleyball coach.

* Approved Victoria Snyder (part-time), Cindy Dawson (part-time), Maxwell Mendez, and Robert (Bobby) Spath as summer substitute custodial workers for the summer of 2022.

* Approved the new / revised policies Neola Spring 2022 update and Neola replacement policies 1439 and 4439.

* Approved increasing the substitute teacher rate of pay from $ 90 to $ 100 per day.

* Approved student overnight trips for girls varsity / junior varsity basketball to the University of Findlay, boys varsity / junior varsity / freshman football to East Harbor State Park Campground, Lakeside Marblehead, Ohio, and girls varsity soccer to White Oak Campground, Whitehouse, Ohio .

* Acknowledged donations to the Van Wert City Schools from Van Wert Service Club, Doug Grooms, Greif, Kore Construction Services, Van Wert Bedrooms, Inc., Michelle Gunter, Danfoss Power Solutions II, LLC c / o Eaton Corp, PSI IOTA XI Beta Delta Chapter, Rauch Law Office, Daniel and Kelly Rauch, The Van Wert County Foundation, and WNV Investments, LLC (dba C&J Shaved Ice.).

* Approved the creation of a special cost center within the already established Fund 007 to record and track unclaimed funds.

The Board of Education was informed that Jason Haggerty will be advanced on the pay scale effective Sept. 1 from Bachelors plus 150 to Masters.

At the end of the regular meeting, the Board went into executive session to discuss the employment of public personnel. No action was taken upon members’ return to regular session.

The next scheduled regular meeting is set for Wednesday, June 22 beginning at 5 pm in the First Federal Lecture Hall at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.

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