Ready for a new year at New Riegel

New Riegel is prepared for another school year. Aug. 21 is opening day for grades 1-12 with kindergarteners starting Aug. 23.

Open house for 7-12 grade students and their parents is 5-7 p.m. Monday when schedules are to be available and offers an opportunity to meet the teacher. Seventh graders also are to be picking up their Chromebooks while 8-12 grade students receive theirs on the first day of school.

Superintendent Dave Rombach reported the district recently closed out the roof renovation project that cost $4.7 million. Landscaping is in progress for the next year. He said the case against the Buehrer Group, builders of the original facility found to need remedial work when water was entering the building, has been remanded back to the Third District Court of Appeals for additional rulings. The district hopes to recoup some of the expenses of the repairs.

Rombach also informed board members that accessibility controls have been added to the elementary entrance.

Principal Justin Johnson introduced a new program titled S.E.A.L. Team 456, which stands for Stop and press pause, Embrace challenges as opportunities, Accept responsibility for outcomes and Look for new possibilities. With the success of the S.A.I.L. program, this was created for older students.

Johnson added that Seneca County high school principals have been creating a youth leadership program over the past year. The purpose of the program is to foster leadership skills in 9-12 grade students and develop connections between the students and local businesses and organizations with the goal of encouraging students to remain in the area when completing school and starting careers.

Each school will choose two students to attend quarterly collaborative events with the first meeting on September 20 at Tiffin University.

Johnson also noted that 11 College Credit Plus courses are to be taught by in-house teachers. Bowling Green State University provides credit for college writing I & II, career and life planning, pre-calculus, calculus and computer basics while the University of Findlay provides credits for accounting, anatomy, biology, business administration and finance.

Treasurer Jane Schalk reported the district received the quarterly income tax settlement of $257,570. She stated Ohio is upgrading her software and that the state budget is providing $32,800 in funds for a new student wellness initiative regarding mental health issues, mentoring and after school programs.

Board members entered into executive session to discuss personnel employment with no action to follow.

In other action, the board:

• Established a fund for the class of 2024.

• Transferred $75,000 from the General Fund to the Permanent Improvement Fund.

• Approved permanent appropriations by fund for fiscal year 2020.

• Transferred $10,231.37 from the General Fund to the Project Construction Fund.

• Amended cafeteria prices after expressing a concern that increased prices would cause fewer students to buy lunch and pack their lunch.

• Hired Kayla Gretzinger as an as-needed special education aide for 2019-20.

• Approved student cleaners for 2019-20 school year compensated at the Ohio minimum wage.

• Approved compensating Jennifer Conner, Casey Losey and Joyell Zamudio $15 per hour for serving on the Local Professional Development Committee.

• Approved compensating for extra jobs at rates per the negotiated agreement.

• Approved the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center lists and updates of substitute teachers and aides for 2019-20.

• Appointed Rodney Biggert as the official delegate to the Ohio School Boards Association annual meeting Nov. 11 with Jaclyn Schalk as the alternate.

• Approved payment of $15 per volleyball game and $20 per basketball for student cleaners after ballgames.

• Accepted the resignation of Theresa Sullivan as Online Learning Lab assistant effective Aug. 9.

The next board of education meeting is 7 p.m. Sept. 9.