School updates entry for new year

NEW RIEGEL — The front entryway at New Riegel School was decorated to welcome students back for another year encouraging Blue Jacket spirit.

Superintendent Dave Rombach told Board of Education members Monday evening that fourth graders would be participating in the Ohio Heritage Days Celebration at Hedges-Boyer Park this Friday.

Grade 5-12 Principal Justin Johnson said the Ohio Art Education Association announced that Julia Reinhart, Kaitlyn Kirian and Marianna Tiell have had their artwork accepted in the annual Emerging Artist Exhibition and will be on display in the State Teachers’ Retirement System building in Columbus until October 20. At that time, certificates and prizes are to be awarded.

Johnson reported 50 members of the Jacket Leadership student organization are taking part in a teambuilding exercise at Summit Vision in Westerville where they are to participate in rope courses and a zip line.

He also said student council has proposed a new fall event for grades 9-12. They are planning an outdoor dance with other fall activities and outdoor games. Called Fall Fire, the event is to be Sept. 29.

Athletic Director Jamie Lininger attended the Sandusky Bay Conference with six New Riegel athletes at Clyde-Green Springs High School Sept. 5 that was designed to promote mutual respect and camaraderie between the member schools developing good sportsmanship.

Johnson is attending the Ohio State Boards Association sponsored event Wednesday in Columbus for school administrators to discuss school safety in Ohio and make recommendations.

Athletic Board of Control liaison Jaclyn Schalk reported the softball field backstop project is in progress. The footer is poured and block/brick laying has begun.

The Athletics Boosters are conducting a Tiffin Ford Test Drive fundraiser Oct. 13. The Drive 4 UR School Day runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and boosters receives $20 for each test drive.

Treasurer Jane Schalk stated the district has received its second half real estate tax totaling $429,438, an increase of $4,000.

In other action, the board:

• Approved the treasurer’s report.

• Transferred $9,787.08 from casino tax from the General Fund to the Permanent Improvement Fund.

• Established a fund for the OSS bleacher grant fund.

• Accepted grants totaling $162,068.69.

• Approved permanent appropriations by fund for fiscal year 2019.

• Approved reduced student fees for the 2018-19 school year.

• Approved purchase of a one-year $800,000 certificate of deposit earning 2 percent interest and a six month $500,000 certificate of deposit earning 1.75 percent from First National Bank of Sycamore.

• Declared transportation of resident students to parochial schools impracticable and the board is to provide a payment to the parents per student for the school year in lieu of transportation.

• Approved a contract with SWEPC Commodity Coop for the assignment of USDA donated foods for the school year.

• Approved the prices for ala carte items sold in the cafeteria.

• Approved student cleaners Elizabeth Ink, Ethan Greiser, Andrew Seifert, Bryce Hohman and Chris Acree to be compensated at Ohio minimum wage.

• Accepted the resignation of Christine Thom, custodial cleaner, effective immediately.

• Approved a one-year limited, non-certified contract for Sherry Hines as custodial cleaner beginning Sept. 4.

• Approved a three-year contract for the services of Jim Welty, professional certified operator, for the contract operation of water/wastewater facilities in accordance with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency rules and regulations.

• Approved the senior class trip for March 17-22 to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

• Approved an overnight trip for the music department to Nashville March 13-16.

• Approved a fundraiser for the music department.

The board of education is to meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 8.