FOSTORIA - The Fostoria Board of Education approved the hiring of Jason Lynch, a new math teacher and head varsity football coach, Monday evening.
Lynch served as a running backs coach with Fort Thomas Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Ky. Former Cincinnati Bengals receiver Cris Collinsworth served alongside Lynch as the wide receivers coach for the Bluebirds, who had the second highest winning record nationally. Lynch replaces three-year coach Beau Carmon at Fostoria.
A five-year financial report was approved, which reflected the possibility of expenses rising instead of a drop in revenue. There are levies of 7.5, 7.55 and 7.5 mills which expire over the next five years and have to be placed on the ballot for renewal. If they don't pass, the cash balance for Fostoria schools would incur a drop from more than $4.1 million dollars to a negative balance of more than $2.8 million dollars by the end of June 2016.
The board decided to shut down the before- and after-school programs due to a reduction in participation from the public. The preschool program is to continue its early childhood education program.
Preschool teacher Barbara Curlis was granted tenure by the board retroactive to August 1, 2011.
The board is seeking grants totaling $63,000 to cover the cost of one of the school resource officers. If the school receives the grant and the city funds restoration of the DARE program, the school would not have to pay money toward law enforcement presence in the district.
The board also approved 131 students for graduation pending completion of all requirements. Graduation is at 2 p.m. June 3 at the high school.
The district is to hire an architect to research a possible move of central offices to the high school, glass doors between the junior high and high school cafeteria and commons, and upgrade to the Performing
Arts Center. The work has yet to be approved.
The board also learned the Intermediate Elementary School raised $1,044 for the Relay For Life
program for the American Cancer Society.