Mohawk board hears Ratliff’s last report

SYCAMORE — In his final report to Mohawk Board of Education before he retires, Ken Ratliff recognized elementary and junior high teachers who exceeded expected growth in their classrooms.

Ratliff thanked the board for the opportunity of leading the district for the last nine years. In his retirement, Ratliff plans to develop his invention of a school safety product.

High School Principal Mark Vehre is to serve as interim superintendent until the board selects a new superintendent.

The board approved 2019 appropriations for the Mohawk Community Library as submitted by Michelle Schafer, fiscal officer.

After the second reading of new and revised board policies and bylaws, the board approved the changes. The policies may be reviewed on the district’s website.

Elementary Principal Tami Wallace said she was pleased to report the third grade class scored 55 percent on the fall reading tests which is well above the state average.

The board took action to:

• Renew membership in Ohio School Boards Association for 2019 at a cost of $3,855.

• Hire Aubrie DeRose as a substitute teacher

• Approve an overnight trip to Columbus for an FFA conference.

• Rehire Carol Koehler for fourth grade math for the 2019-20 school year.

• Approve the high school course of study, which includes more PEAK computer courses, for next year.

• Set Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. as its organizational meeting with Sam Flood as chairman.