Old Fort readies for classes to start

OLD FORT – The halls of Old Fort school were filled with familiar sights and sounds that the 2013-2014 school year is to be beginning soon.

Principal Shane Jacoby updated board members on how things are going as they prepare for the upcoming school year. Jacoby also has been working with Bettsville Principal Michelle Dantuono as they coordinate schedules and meetings between Old Fort and Bettsville schools.

Jacoby’s report also noted:

Fall sports pictures are at 6 p.m. today.

Sixth- and seventh-grade orientation at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the high school commons.

Superintendent Jude Meyers noted the gym floor is in need of repair and has spoken to a vendor. Members agreed to wait a year to repair due to schedules.

Treasurer Jaime Pearson shared the financial report for July:

Shared breakdown of storm damage costs and reimbursement of $12.110.77 following a $1,000.00 deductible.

Whirlpool donated a washer to the school.

Pearson thanked everyone for the opportunity to work at Old Fort Schools this past year.

In other business, the board:

Accepted a donation of $851.88 from an anonymous donor to the Boys Basketball Fund.

Approved a resolution accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the Seneca County Budget Commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor.

Approved establishing funds for the current school year.

Approved transferring $712 from the General Fund to the Yearbook Fund.

Approved payment of $750 in lieu of transportation for the children of Kim and Aaron Bonnell, as calculated by the Ohio Department of Transportation upon verification of attendance at Tiffin Calvert Schools.

The board went into executive session to discuss the employment and compensation of personnel. No action was taken.

Meyers welcomed Leigh Ann King as the new guidance counselor.

“I am very happy for our kids,” Meyers said. “She is very excited about getting in the classrooms and getting our kids ready for college. I am very excited to have Leigh Ann here.”

Meyers said opening day convocational speaker John O’Leary was an exceptional speaker and put things into perspective. The message, “You have to believe one person can change your life” was motivational and inspirational.

In the superintendent report, Meyers recommended and the board:

Approved an agreement to participate in Vanguard-Sentinel Career Centers Education and Remedial Support Services Program for the 2013-2014 school year.

Extended the supplemental contract for the 2013-2014 school year to fourth- through sixth-grade volleyball coach Lauren Bannister.

Approved North Central Ohio ESC substitute teacher list for the employment of substitute teachers and to authorize the superintendent to appoint non-certified substitute employees as needed and provided for in the annual appropriation resolution during the 2013-2014 school year.

Extended the employment contract of Nancy Hoover as needed for substitute teaching during the 2013-2014 school year.

Accepted the resignation of Heather Stockmaster, guidance counselor.

Approved the one-year teaching contract for the 2013-2014 school year pending satisfactory completion of all requirements for King, guidance counselor.

Extended days for employment for King (10 extended days) and Greg Kohler (five extended days).

Approved the resolution that when students do not ride the bus in the morning and/or the afternoon, the driver will be able to deviate from the established route to save time and/or fuel.

Approved the bus routes as prepared by the transportation supervisor and on file in the office of the superintendent

Extended temporary employment contracts for the 2013-2014 school year for Tammy Draeger and Kathy Cleveland.

Meyers said a group came to Old Fort Schools to do a solar field inspection Aug. 8. Results were shared with board members, showing the best location would be on the roof. A proposal is expected in the next few months.

The 2013-2014 school year is to net an increase of 22 students compared to last year’s enrollment. An additional projected enrollment of 42 migrant children is expected as well. Grant funds are available as well as an interpreter to assist with the migrant children.

Students are to have a healthy choice vending machine in the cafeteria.

Board members approved a resolution authorizing the sale at public auction of unneeded property owned by the board.

The elementary open house is 4-6 p.m. Monday in the elementary school. The first teacher workday is set for Monday. The first day of school is Tuesday.

The board is to meet Oct. 7.