Seneca East readies for classes

ATTICA – Laura Brickner, treasurer of Seneca East Schools, opened Monday’s school board meeting by presenting her report and receiving unanimous approval from the board on issues including:

June 30 year-end financial report showing the General Fund realized a $73,000 increase during the fiscal period.

Returned advances from the athletic department and choir transferred to the General Fund.

Transfer to the severence funds for resignations and other employee separation.

A contract with CompManagement for claims administration services during calendar year 2015.

Elementary Principal Brad Powers announced administrative meetings are Aug. 11-13. He said class lists already are on the school’s website and were published in a recent newsletter.

Powers said he was disappointed in this year’s achievement test scores, but the lower scores were primarily caused by a mandatory combining of Common Core criteria with Ohio Achievement criteria. He also said the school still is waiting for free online textbooks awarded through a state grant, and the state is not responding to inquiries regarding the delay.

Superintendent Laura Kagy reported progress on summer projects including:

Driveway work is complete and the pavement now is clearly marked.

Landscaping at the concessions area near the football field and track has been replaced by concrete, making it more accessible to visitors.

The kindergarten playground area was enlarged and has new fencing.

Interior painting is underway.

There are new parking accommodations near the football field.

Pre-service training for bus drivers is being offered at the school.

In other business:

The board recognized Teresa Felter for her participation in 2013-14 School Bus Regional Road-e-o.

Opening day teacher convocation is 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 8 at The Ritz Theatre in Tiffin, and an opening day breakfast and recognition is at 8 a.m. Aug. 18 at Seneca East.

An Ohio legislative update mandating an attendance rating for teachers now is to be included on the school’s overall “Grade Card.”

Seneca East students are not permitted to drive to classes at Sentinel Career Center in Tiffin, and administration and staff would like that changed, especially as some students work in Tiffin. Communication is planned with parents and Sentinel representatives.

The possibility of an additional exit route leading from campus is being discussed. Attica police and the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office support the idea.

The board unanimously approved new or revised board policies and bylaws and guidelines required by changes in state law; middle/high school handbook; FY15 North Central Ohio Educational Service Center contract with Medicaid School Program Services and membership in Buckeye Association of School Adminstrators.

The board approved personnel changes for the 2014-15 school year, including:

Resignation of assistant football coach Jarron Reesman.

Hire of Ted Weaver and Jeremy Cornwell as assistant football coaches.

Hire of Kim Reesman as middle school/high school subcoordinator at a stipend of $600.

Hire of Theresa Niedermier as high school annual financial manager.

Hire of Shawn Branham as tickets and event manager.

Resignation of Steve Coppes from head softball coach.

Hire of Matt Depinet as varsity wrestling coach.

Resignation of Julie Davies effective Sept. 30.

Resignation of Connie Schar effective July 31.

The board also approved the hiring of Larry Morlock and Timothy Harper Jr., substitute bus drivers; Kristen Bumb, part time intervention specialist; Susan Platt, foreign language teacher and Spanish Club adviser; Carolyn Dorn, family consumer science teacher; and Matt Wadsworth as technology teacher and Middle School Science Club advisor. These hires are pending the completion of requirements and credentials.

The board entered exectutive session to discuss appointment and employment. Upon return, they approved an addendum to the superintendent’s contract to allow cash or carry of vacation days at her discretion. The meeting was then adjourned.

The board is to meet at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18.