New Old Fort teachers introduced at board meeting

Two of Old Fort Local School’s newest employees introduced themselves at the latest board meeting.

Rhonda Horne and Amanda Williams were congratulated by members of the Board of Education Monday night after both were approved for one year contracts. Williams will serve in the role of intervention specialist for seventh and eighth grade English language arts.

Williams is a 2019 graduate of Heidelberg University, where she received her degree in early childhood education.

Williams spent her entire childhood attending Old Fort Schools, graduating in 2015. She also completed student teaching at Old Fort. Williams worked at the school district during the 2018-2019 school year as a junior high cheerleading coach. She will return to a similar role this year as well.

“I’ve come to know the community. I love the area, and I’m glad I can stay and help,” Williams said.

Horne will serve as a paraprofessional for the school. Her role includes working as a support system for students with developmental disabilities. Horne’s previous experience includes working with the Sandusky County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

 “I’m extremely excited and welcome the opportunity,” Horne said. “I’m very thankful to have the position. I’m excited to be a part of the team, and I’m ready to start.”

Superintendent Tom Peiffer is excited to bring the two on board.

“They’re going to bring first-day energy,” Peiffer said. “They’ll do anything to be successful. It’s great. It’s a new energy.”

In other business, the board approved the hire of the following individuals:

• Gilberto Rojas as JV soccer coach; Shelbie Sauber as seventh and eighth grade volleyball coach; Carrie Gilmore and Tricia DuBois as sophomore class advisor; Torrie Ruiz as migrant transfer records clerk.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Old Fort Board Office.