Therapy dog visits education panel

SYCAMORE — Mohawk Board of Education was introduced to Luna at Tuesday night’s meeting. Luna, a 1-year-old golden retriever, is a therapy dog in training. Guidance Counselor Angie McGinnes is fostering Luna for this school year. Luna is to move on to be a service dog with a permanent owner. McGinnes said parents have been notified of the presence of the dog in the building. On Luna’s first day, she already was providing comfort to students.

Superintendent Jeff Ratliff devoted his report to the district report card. The overall score for Mohawk was a C. He called it a fair performance. Using the data from the report card, Ratliff said they will focus on K-3 literacy.

High School Principal Mark Vehre focused on how the high school will use data to target students’ weaknesses. The emphasis is to be on passing end of year tests in order to earn the required 18 points for graduation. Teachers are to use a software program that provides the Ohio standards and questions modeled on the those tests.

Tami Wallace, elementary principal, explained how the building is employing the Leader in Me program. Students were excited to form “tribes” based on their interests and develop goals and objectives for their tribes. The focus is on academic and personal goal setting for the teachers and students. Students are to create their own notebooks where they will chart their progress. Students are to use these notebooks as they lead their own parent conferences in November.

The board accepted donations from the Music Boosters for show choir and Arc of Wyandot County.

Resignations from Kathleen Green, effective at the end of the year, and supplementals for Lisa Zellner and Sunshine Cleveland were accepted.

The board hired a cafeteria monitor, bus driver, teachers and aides for Saturday School, substitute teachers and aides as well as supplemental positions.

The board took action to:

• Approve the elementary student handbook.

• Offer to pay in lieu of transporting students to Tiffin Calvert Schools as busing would be impractical.

• Approve a contract with Wood County Juvenile Detention Educational Program for services for adjudicate and delinquent students.

• Contract with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center for visually impaired services.

• Lease the old McCutchenville school property to the McCutchenville Park Association for $1 per year, with automatic renewal every year after.

• Approve Julian and Grube to collect and process data for the Medicaid School Program at a rate of $1,500 per year.

• Approve rates as determined by the Budget Commission and authorize the necessary tax levies for the Mohawk Community Library.

• Sell the old band bus for scrap.

• Approve overnight trips for FFA.