Superintendent gives final report

SYCAMORE — In his final report to the Mohawk Board of Education, Superintendent Ken Ratliff recognized the 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 the 2019 appropriations for 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 web page.

Elementary principal Tami Wallace was pleased to report that 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 OSBA for 2019 at a cost of $3,855.

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

• Approve an overnight trip to Columbus for FFA conference.

• Hire Aubrie DeRose as a substitute teacher.

• Rehire Carol Koehler as fourth grade math for the 2019-2020 school year.

The board is to meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 for an organizational meeting with Sam Flood as chairman.