New Riegel students honor vets

NEW RIEGEL – Board of Education members heard about the school’s Veterans Day assembly Monday that recognized area residents. Veterans Don Piper, Mike Nye, Jerome Hohman, Don Allison, Ralph Weinandy, Harold Ulman, Art Schalk, Fran Lucius, Tom Goshe, Norman, Don and Leon Steyer stood as the school band played music for their branch of the service. Jacket Co. sang the national anthem and elementary students presented patriotic songs. The Women’s Auxiliary also was represented.

Superintendent Elaine Nye and Principal Dave Rombach spoke about the new teacher evaluation system. It has been a learning experience for all involved and they have spent approximately six hours on each teacher’s evaluation. This includes pre-conferences and observation in the classroom.

“The process is to build an environment of collaborative growth,” Nye said.

Teachers have been invited to submit an application with a plan to gain iPads for their classrooms by explaining how they are to be used.

Nye reported that sharing Adam Edinger, vocational-agricultural teacher, with Hopewell-Loudon school district has worked well and could save the district more than $30,000 instead of paying to send students to Sentinel Career Center.

Nov. 25, Sentinel representatives are to visit New Riegel to talk about programs for sophomores.

Nye said they received approval for a security grant and have submitted the required financial documentation. The district requested $10,000 for securing both buildings.

Rombach said he is reviewing new science text books for next year.

Treasurer Jane Schalk expressed some concern for the cafeteria fund. She said the school is serving approximately 17 fewer students daily. Perhaps more are packing lunches as there have been complaints from children not having enough to eat with the new standards. The district checks occasionally and increased the calorie intake on their own but will check the calorie requirements again.

She also said the General Fund has a surplus of $57,000.

In other action, the board:

Approved Herb Thibodeau as volunteer bowling coach for the 2013-14 season.

Approved payments of $1,000 from the drama department fund to the club show 2013 band members.

Entered into a contract with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center for October-June 2014 for occupational therapy services (pre-school) at a rate of $68.41 per hour as needed.

Approved 28 board policies.

Discussed sewer repairs.

Discussed state legislation regarding repealing the Common Core curriculum and treatment of diabetic students.

The board is to meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 9.