Van Wert city school board approves contracts and school calendar

By Sherry Missler

Times Bulletin Editor

VAN WERT – The school board of schools in the city of Van Wert approved several contracts, a list of sports for the 2022-23 school year, the 2023-24 school calendar and several other proposals during its meeting on Wednesday. Joshua Poulson was approved as an elementary school physical education teacher and Ashley Showalter was approved as a women’s soccer head coach.

Superintendent’s Mark Bagley
talked about pending legislation, student numbers and staffing issues. Although he said he had nothing against private schools, he noted that the so-called Backpack Bill puts public schools at a disadvantage. He also mentioned House Bill 436 – the so-called dyslexia bill – as well as Senate Bill 1 – calling on schools to teach financial literacy. The question of whether there will be an election in May without an agreement on Ohio’s redistricting maps has also attracted Bagleyattention due to Eggers Stage issue.

Assistant Superintendent Bill Clifton spoke about safety at the school and provided an update on buildings and grounds regarding upcoming retirements and planned building work over the summer.

The curriculum and instruction (educational impact) portion of the meeting focused on a joint program between the Early Years Center and the Van Wert YWCA called Safer, Smarter Schools. Betsy Hammamthe Director of Youth Development, spoke about the lessons designed to educate children in CEC on security. With Hammam were Lori Bittnerdirector of the municipal school Van Wert CEC and Shelly Place, kindergarten teacher.

In other cases, counsel:

* Accepted the resignation, due to retirement, of Deb Keber. Kebergeneral cafeteria employee, retiring at the end of the 2021-2022 contract year.

* Approval of a lease agreement between the City of Van Wert and the School Board of the City of Van Wert School District for the erection, display, and teardown of the July 4, 2022 fireworks on the campus of high school/college and primary school.

* Approved a resolution to adopt the revised security plan.

* Agreed to the Vantage Career Center tax levy amounts and rates as determined by the Budget Committee and authorized the necessary tax levies and certified them to the county auditor.

* Approval of the Satellite Program Standards and Maintenance Agreement between Vantage Career Center and Van Wert City Schools.

* Recognized donations to Van Wert City Schools of $50 from F&S, Inc., $175 from Vancrest Health Care Center, $50 from Madison Bucker$150 from Rodney and Tonya Sroufe$250 from Anthony and Nicole Adams and $100 from Michelle Gunter (Schrader
Realty) to Masque & Gavel, $150 from Convoy United Methodist Church, Ladies on a Mission to Elementary School Principal’s Fund, and $300 from the Rotary Van Wert Foundation to High School Choir.

* The Council recognized the Van Wert Booster Club and the To receive Crew as official district support organizations.

The board was also informed that Samantha Fleming will be moving up the pay scale effective April, from bachelor’s plus 150 to master’s.

The next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, April 27 beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the First Federal Conference Room at the denier Performing Arts Center.

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