New Riegel sees increase in open-enrollment students

The New Riegel Board of Education heard about increases in open enrollment for the coming school year during its meeting Monday night. Superintendent David Rombach said that 134 open enrollment applications have been received so far for the 2019-20 school year, up from 97 just two years ago. This helped to increase the total enrollment at New Riegel from 445 in the 2017-18 school year to 475 this coming year.

Rombach credited the trend to the preschool program bringing in kids from out of the district and allowing their families to see the culture in the school.

“We have a quality program, with small class sizes, especially in the primary grades. We would like to keep that momentum going,” Rombach said.

Rombach also said that Zoeller Landscaping would be completing landscaping repairs on the grounds at a cost of $13,435. He said that the roofing contractors used heavy equipment in muddy conditions, causing extreme compaction behind the school.

In regards to the elementary school, Rombach said that the school was planning to continue the SAIL (Safe, Achieve, In Charge of Me and Lead) program during the coming school year. The program is a positive behavior intervention and support program to promote student leadership.

Board member Rodney Biggert praised the program, saying, “There is a real sense of ownership and togetherness built into the program.” The program features students being honored for leadership qualities during assemblies each Monday.

Grades 5-12 Principal Justin Johnson said there were would be 23 seniors graduating during the ceremony May 26. He said that Christen Hohman and Madalyn Reinhart were honored at the Academic Honors Breakfast last week at Tiffin University.

Johnson thanked the board for approving many valuable student field trips. Jacket Leadership students were able to volunteer their time at the Ronald McDonald House in Toledo and several grade levels also had opportunities to go to COSI, the Columbus Zoo, and Cedar Point for various trips.

The board also heard about several other student accomplishments including the FFA outdoor power contest and the American Legion Americanism contest. In athletics, junior high track and field records have been falling rapidly and the high school teams are starting playoffs.

The board went into executive session to discuss employment, before tabling a motion to offer a five-year administrative contract to Rombach from 2020-25.

The next board meeting is to be 7 p.m. June 10.

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