Friday, November 29, 2013

GCSD recognized for its workforce contribution

GREENVILLE – Greenville City School District was recognized by P4P (Partnering for Progress) and Darke County Economic Development for its Workforce Development contribution, primarily through its Career Tech Center. GCSD staff noted the recognition for the School Board at its Nov. 14 regular meeting.

The partnership between Darke County’s economic development arm and the District’s Tech Center achieved its first milestone with the graduation of the Medical Tech Prep’s first group of STNA’s (State Tested Nursing Assistants). It was the first time the District had provided education specifically to meet the needs of a particular industry in Darke County.

GCSD Supt. Doug Fries, Career Tech Director David Peltz, School Board President Sue Bowman and GCSD Treasurer Carla Surber were pleased at the recognition, noting the goal is to help the needs in the district and to assist where there are jobs needing trained workers.

Two ongoing projects in the Tech Center are a welding program and a countywide program for the Darke County Job Center, Taking Charge of Your Life.

Peltz added they were looking at expanding into a couple other courses. The STNA course was successful, so more are planned in the near future.

“We’re trying to build a skilled workforce,” said Surber. “This is a very, very, very essential program in what’s going on in Darke County right now.”

In a work session prior to the regular meeting Bruce Miller of Garmann Miller Architects Engineers, the company overseeing the construction of the K-8 facility on North Ohio and the renovation of the high school, was bringing the board up-to-date on plans for the high school portion of the project. The part of the plan under discussion had to do with security for all entrances and handicap access in the main reception area.

Timeline for completion of the high school renovation was the beginning of the 2015 school year.

According to Miller work will be done during two full summers (2014 and 2015) with limited work during the 2014-15 school year; five rooms at a time throughout the year.

“Worst case,” he said after the meeting, “we might need the 2015 winter to finish it.”

In other school board business, the board approved a resolution for a renewal operating tax levy.

“This is our renewal time for this levy,” Fries said. “It’s been in place since 1989 and does not involve a tax increase for anyone.” The five-year levy was last passed on Nov. 4, 2008.

The levy will be submitted to the voters on May 6, 2014 and if approved, will take effect in 2015.

The superintendent’s district highlights included congratulations to 35 GHS students recently inducted into the National Honor Society, eight athletes earning GWOC First Team honors and the Boys Cross Country team for being a regional qualifier.

Several commendations included four students being selected for the OMEA District 11 Honor’s Band, two students for being selected to the 2013 District 11 Honor’s Choir, the GHS Medical Technology Prep students and instructor Emily Powers, and Supply Chain Management students and instructor Dara Buchy, for being nominated to participate in the 2013 OSBA Student Achievement Fair and to Tracy Haines for being named the GWOC Girls Golf North Division Coach of the Year.

GCSD was recognized by P4P and Darke County Economic Development for its Workforce Development contribution. Shown are (L to R) Greenville Supt. Doug Fries, Treasurer Carla Surber, School Board President Sue Bowman and Career Tech Director David Peltz. 

Bruce Miller of Garmann Miller Architects Engineers discusses plans and timeline on the high school renovation with the School Board.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tri-Village September Board of Education Meeting

NEW MADISON – The Tri-Village Board of Education met Sept. 23. Kimberly Chowning started the public hearing to discuss the use of federal Special Education IDEA Part B funds and Title funds. She shared with the board a document which summarized the various federal monies and their uses.

In regular session, Mrs. Chowning presented and answered questions pertaining to the five year forecast.

Lee Morris, JH/HS principal presented two awards on behalf the Board of Education. Courtney Osborne was recognized for earning the title of Miss Annie Oakley 2013 and Derek Hemmelgarn was recognized for his role on the Special Olympic Bronze Medal Softball Team.

Shane Mead, elementary principal presented board members with a quick synopsis on current enrollment numbers. Currently, there are 425 students enrolled in the K-6 building. This is an increase of 15 students from last year.

The Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) Improvement Team recognized every student who scored proficient on at least one OAA during the 2012-2013 Spring testing period. Students walked to the Snack Shop to eat ice cream and played at the park for their reward.

Elementary MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing is completed and due to the library addition of computer work stations, MAP was completed faster than last year, which allows for more classroom instruction.

Mead discussed DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) and DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) testing. This is the last year the elementary will be using DRA, they are preparing to use the new DRA2 program which has a fluency piece associated with it. (The Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) is an individually administered assessment of a child’s reading capabilities. It is a tool to be used by instructors to identify a student’s reading level, accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. Once levels are identified, an instructor can use this information for instructional planning purposes.)

Third Grade Reading Guarantee: Comparing the Fall DIBELS scores and using the Fall MAP scores the teachers have identified students who will be placed on a RIMP (Reading Improvement Monitoring Plan). Mead proposed a plan to offer afterschool math and reading programs until 3:45 p.m. utilizing two Title I Coaches. This would be a pilot program for students in grades 3-6, and if it is successful, and federal dollars are available, they would entertain thoughts of expanding to grades K-2. One of Mead’s expectations is for all grades levels to implement reading logs. “We need to continue to do what we have done, but we need to do it better,” he stated.

The elementary recently bought a new math online program for students in the Talented and Gifted program.

Mead along with the staff and students were pleased with the Darke County Center for the Arts and Education assembly for students in grades K-3. This assembly focused on the code of conduct.

The New Madison Fire Department will once again organize a visit promoting fire prevention for students; focusing on kitchen fires. They will have a fire engine on site for the students to go through. The elementary fundraiser has kicked off and will wrap up in the middle of October.

Morris reported on enrollment numbers, currently there are 327 students enrolled in grades 7-12. He stated, “This year it is the building’s goal to earn a 100 on the Performance Index of the local report card. We have created a Tri-Village Science Club, which is preparing and encouraging students to participate in the inaugural Darke County Science Fair on Feb. 19, 2014.

MAP testing began the week of Sept. 23 for students in grades 7-12. This will allow the staff to discover each child’s baseline performance levels to ensure growth over the course of the school year.

Morris and Mead have worked closely with Dale Ary, safety coordinator, the New Madison Police Department, and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office to ensure all students are afforded a safe opportunity to receive their education.

Morris pointed out some course offerings at the JH/HS are but not limited to, Advanced College Placement, Post Secondary Education Option, courses through the Blended Learning Academy, and face-to-face instruction, featuring 27 highly qualified licensed staff members.

On Sept. 16, the JH/HS scheduling committee met and brainstormed ideas for the creation of more efficient scheduling practices, beginning with semester and final exams and their administration processes. Topics included Blended Learning Academy, MAP testing scheduling, and master schedule adaptations.

Josh Sagester, superintendent, reported they are in compliance with the 3rd Grade Guarantee Law, which states they must use an Ohio approved vendor to assess the K-3 students by Sept. 30.

Count week is Oct. 7–11. The district encourages good attendance all year, but the first full week in October is especially important. Ensuring that your child is in school every day that week is helpful for him/her and our entire district. If your student plans on missing that week, please make sure they have a proper excuse and it is submitted to the office. Any questions please call the office at 996-1511.

Check out the new community publication the Patriot Pulse, to start putting a face with the new staff members around the district.

Sagester passed around grade level Value Added Reports to the board members. The teacher level reports are expected in mid October. They will be piloting the high school Integrated Mathematics I PARCC Assessments this spring and will be doing a paper version of the assessment.

Sagester was happy to report that the district has saved $65,351 in DP&L energy savings since Jan. 1, 2010 through the Darke County Educational Purchasing Council.

The Inaugural Patriot Holiday Tournament for 2014-2015 teams has been announced. They are Tri-Village, Troy Christian, Jefferson, and Greenon. This Holiday Tournament will consist of both Varsity and JV teams. The dates are Dec. 29 and 30. “We are extremely excited to get this event off the ground,” stated Sagester.

Other Board Items:

* Employed Lorraine Holzapfel and Ryan Buck as classified substitutes for the 2013-2014 school year.

* Issued a one year (2013-2014) limited supplemental contract to Jim Maples, Head Baseball Coach, Mark Wheeler, Assistant Baseball Coach, Scott Warren, Head Boys Track Coach, Christy Sarver, Head Girls Track Coach, John Wise, JH Boys Track Coach, Dawn Green, JH Girls Track Coach, Chelsea Halderman, 8th Grade Girls Basketball Coach.

* Approved a daily rate of $72/day for substitute teachers for fiscal year 2013-2014.

* Approved Chris Pearson, site manager for FY2014 at a rate of $50 per home baseball and softball games to be paid from the athletic fund.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Versailles BOE recognizes students’ accomplishments

VERSAILLES – The Versailles Board of Education met in regular session on May 21. Present were board members Gwenn Barga, Angie Bruns, Ron Gehret, Tom Ording, and Steve Ruhenkamp; principals Roger McEldowney, Jeanne Osterfeld, and Brenda Braun; Ken Moorman; Sara Porter; John Kindell; students Samuel Prakel, Maddy Buschur, Kayla McEldowney, Coleton Poeppelman, Allison Grilliot, Kyle Wuebker, Chloe Rawlins, Courtney Rose, Hannah Knopp, Carson Griesdorn, Imagene Potter, Miranda Huddle, Rachel Kremer, Matt Fisher, Kalyn Justice, Hannah Grilliot, Ted Schmitmeyer, Justin Feltz, Jessica Heitkamp, Abbey Didier, Emily Kramer, and Wesley George; Steven Buschur; Alan and Sarah Wuebker; Jennifer Rawlins; Rich Rose; Cory, Jessica and Cami Griesdorn; Jessie Potter; Amanda Patterson and Jaycee Lewis; Theresa Grilliot; Stephanie Kramer; Dan, Tara, Emma, and Travis George; Treasurer Alan Barga; and Superintendent Aaron Moran.

During his superintendent’s report, Aaron Moran extended commendations to:

* FFA member Maddy Buschur for being named President of the Ohio FFA Association

* FFA members Logan Brookhart for placing 1st in the State FFA Swine Placement Proficiency Award, Ted Schmitmeyer 1st in the State FFA Dairy Placement Proficiency Award, and Courtney Rose 1st in the State FFA Agriculture Communications Proficiency Award

* Jordan Henry for winning the Voice of Democracy Contest at Versailles High School and for placing 3rd at the district competition

* Sam Prakel for receiving the Student of Integrity Award from the Better Business Bureau

* the Engineering Design II class for placing first at the Trebuchet Competition

* Emily Franz, who is enrolled in the Medical Information Management Career Program at UVCC, for being selected to receive the 2013 Achievers Award for Versailles High School

* instrumentalists Hannah Grilliot (trombone), Emily Kramer (Euphonium), Kyle Wuebker (piano), and vocalist Chloe Rawlins for receiving a Superior (I) rating at their solo performances at the OMEA District XI Solo and Ensemble Contest

* Logan Brown, Abbey Didier, Kacie Lawrence, Jordan Henry, Josie Bowlin, Kelly Murphy, and Coleton Poeppelman for having artwork selected for exhibition at the annual Darke County High School Art Show at the Anna Bier Gallery

* first graders Grace Gasson, Matthew Fisher, Imagene Potter, Lucas Rhoades, and Joel Gehret and second graders Kalyn Justice, Kristopher Marshal, Alie Mangen, Wesley George, Carson Griesdorn, and Tyler Dirksen for reading at home for 200 days as part of their reading program

* Jessica Heitkamp and Justin Feltz for being crowned the 2013 Prom Queen and King

* the high school girls softball team for setting a new state record with eight home runs in a game, with Kayla McEldowney tying the state record with three home runs in a game

* the high school girls softball team for being MAC Champions

* PTO officers Penny Treon (President), Kim Hecht (Vice-President), Erin Rismiller (Secretary), and Brenda Schmitmeyer (Treasurer) for all their hard work in making the PTO program successful

In other action items the Board approved:

* overnight fieldtrips for selected members of the FFA to attend the FFA Camp Muskingum in Carrollton, Ohio on June 17-21, 2013, with advisor Dena Wuebker in charge and selected members of the FFA to the FFA Officer’s Retreat at Jim and Gayle Rismiller’s cabin in Rossburg, on July 1-2, with advisor Dena Wuebker in charge

* to accept with appreciation $100 from Farm Credit Services to the Versailles FFA for Farm Day and $200 for the FFA Banquet, $200 from the Eighth Grade Washington Trip to the Class of 2013, $250 from Phelan Insurance Agency to the Versailles FFA Banquet, $300 from Modern Mothers to Versailles Middle School, $350 from Ken and Tina Brand to the Versailles FFA Banquet, $400 from Jay Heitkamp to the Versailles FFA Banquet Auction, $440 from the Ohio FFA Alumni Association to Dylan Hesson towards the FFA Washington Leadership Conference, $450 from Michael and Leah Schmitmeyer to the Versailles FFA Banquet

* the following fees for the 2013-2014 school year: K and K+ ($25), Grades 1-4 ($45), and Grades 5-8 ($30)

* the list of 112 seniors of the Class of 2013 be approved for graduation pending they meet all requirements of the Versailles Board of Education and the State Board of Education

* Shirley Berger, Tom Donnelly, Donna Kissinger, and Joan Roll as substitute teachers for the 2012-2013 school year

* to authorize membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for Versailles Junior High and High School athletics for the 2013-2014 school year

* to enter into an agreement for the 2013-2014 school year with the Darke County Educational Service Center which will serve as the fiscal agent for the Darke County Pre-School Cooperative. As part of this agreement, Versailles will release IDEA Part B funds in order that the Cooperative may fund such services as extended teacher time, staff development, purchase of supplies/equipment and other program excess costs for pre-school disabled children in Darke County.

* to extend the cooperative agreement with the Darke County Educational Service Center to commit IDEA Part B funds toward the employment of an adapted P.E. teacher, special education supervisors, speech therapist and a school psychologist who will all serve the Versailles School District on a part-time basis for the 2013-2014 school year.

* Nancy Albers, Sharon Pepiot, Kristen Schulte, Olivia Schlater, Megan Hemmelgarn, Sam Subler, Matt Subler, Natalie Grillot, Tammy Berger, and Gwen Keihl be employed for up to 235 combined hours a week of adult and 40 combined hours a week of student custodial maintenance and 15 combined hours a week of adult and 70 combined hours a week of student computer maintenance, on an as needed basis, with salary for Nancy Albers and Sharon Pepiot as per the schedule, and salary for Kristen, Olivia, Megan, Sam, Matt, Natalie, Tammy, and Gwen paid at minimum wage effective May 30 through the 2013-2014 school year

* grant a one year contract to Andrew Foltz as a Language Arts, Social Studies, and Reading Teacher at Versailles Middle School beginning with the 2013-2014 school year

* grant Rachel James and Sarah Mendenhall one year contracts for the 2013-2014 school year

* accept with regret the resignation of Marlene Bergman due to retirement as an Assistant Media Specialist and A.D. Secretary effective May 31, 2013

During items for discussion, Superintendent Moran informed the Board of upcoming policies that will be approved before July 1. Policies on the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System and Interim End-of-Course Assessments will be recommended for approval at June board meeting.

The next regular board of education meeting is scheduled for June 25, 8 p.m., at the Versailles Board of Education office.

TV names superintendent; students and teachers honored

NEW MADISON – The Tri-Village Board of Education met May 20 in the board office.

Andrew Brough, band teacher, Kristen Verhoff, choir teacher, along with senior band and choir members presented trophies received during the Washington D.C. trip. The band received a superior rating and won first place in their class, and overall best high school band. They were only one of two bands to receive a superior rating. The choir received an excellent rating (no choir received a superior rating) and won first place in their class, and overall best high school choir. Todd Gentis, high school principal, shared his full support of Mrs. Verhoff, on her new endeavor at Columbus Grove Schools. Her program here at

T-V is top notch, and the district wishes her the very best.

Congratulations to the varsity boys basketball team members for being recognized by the Ohio High School Boys Basketball Association for their outstanding year in the classroom and on the court. The team’s combined GPA was sixth in the state with a 3.775.

Congratulations to the following basketball players:

* Team two point shooting first in the state 60.74-percent

* Team free throw shooting fourth in the state 75.73-percent

* Team three point shooting fifth in the state 39.33-percent

* Tyler Cook fifth in the state with a two point field goal shooting 65.37-percent

* Kyle Pipenger seventh in the state with free throw shooting 86.87-percent

* Colton Linkous 10th in the state for three point shooting 43.40-percent

Junior Tyler Cook also received a letter and certificate from Senator Bill Beagle on being named All Ohio Division 4 Honorable Mention.

Tony Thomas, superintendent, presented Macy Fraylick, Craig Harrison, and Seth Thomas certificates from Deputy Assistant Secretary Walker and Deputy Assistant Secretary Miller from the United States Army, Navy and Air Force for their recent STEM showcases at the National Junior Science Fair hosted by the United States Air Force. These students have been invited to the next State School Board Meeting on June 11. The accolades continue to roll in for their STEM accomplishments. Congratulations Macy, Craig, and Seth. Mr. Bevins extended his appreciation to these three students. “To me there is nothing more impressive than the STEM program here at Tri-Village, you will never have a full gym standing on their feet for you, but I fully appreciate what you three have accomplished,” stated Mr. Tim Bevins, School Board President.

Derek Flatter was on hand to present information on the second annual Science Fair for junior high students. The fair will be held on May 31, 8:30 a.m., in the commons. Flatter invited the board members to be judges. This is a great way to get our junior high students to learn about future careers. The students are excited to present their projects and it will be exciting to view their presentations.

Josh Sagester, elementary principal, distributed the 2012 fall reading, math and spring reading OAA results. The kindergarten class of 2025 will be recognized in the auditorium on May 28, 7 p.m.

The P.A.T.S organization hosted the Book Fair the week of May 6, and also sponsored the author/illustrator visit on May 23. Thanks go to Heather Richards and Shawn Thomas, second grade teachers, for these two events.

Reading and Language Arts teachers in grades 3-6 received professional development regarding the new ELA common core standards being implemented next year from the Darke County Educational Service Center.

The Tri-Village Elementary participated in the Jump Rope for Heart event and accumulated $1,649.83, which will aid in the fight against our nation’s #1 and #4 killers, heart disease and stroke. Sagester would like to thank Zac Graham, the students, and community for partaking in a great and worthy cause.

Sagester congratulated fifth grader Jonathon Crawford on winning the Build it Better Contest. The grant invited students to put on their engineering hats, pick anything from school life and describe how it could be redesigned for a better school experience. Out of ten finalists, three projects were picked by popular vote, and students from Ohio, New Jersey, and Massachusetts took home classroom grants thanks to their great ideas. The overall first place winner was Jonathan, with an idea to speed up slow school lunch lines. He received $2,000 for his classroom. Seniors Craig Harrison and Shade Brubaker assisted Jonathan with his project.

The Tri-Village Elementary staff would like to thank Mrs. Linebaugh, Miss Midlam, and Mrs. Carr for their years of service and congratulate them on their retirement.

Sagester shared a letter the school received from Senator Bill Beagle congratulating them on being named a High Progress Reward School by the Ohio Department of Education. This award was based on the elementary Local Report Card from the 2011-2012 school year.

Gentis announced the 2013 Commencement will take place June 1, 6 p.m., in the high school gymnasium. He also presented the Ohio Graduation Test results. The building received notification that for the 2011-2012 school year, the high school received an excellent rating from ODE. He is very pleased with the sophomore OGT test results. It does appear the district met all five benchmarks on the OGT. Hats off to the staff and students for a job well done.

A special thank you goes out to all staff (Karyn Smith, Julia Slyder, Dana Heckman, Dawn Reed, and Debbie Frech), students, and volunteers who participated in Special Olympics on May 11.

Gentis briefed the board on the Instructional Improvement System (IIS) pilot. Recently, three team members went to Columbus for follow-up training. The district now has access to its own data, and will be able to start utilizing the program. During professional development days in August they will roll out the IIS to the entire staff.

In June, Gentis will begin updating the school safety plan with recommendations from the Darke County Sheriff’s plan.

Congratulations to the Destination Imagination Team for placing eighth overall at the state competition on April 20. The high school chorus participated at the state contest on April 27, earning a 2 rating. The junior high band received an excellent rating during their district contest on May 18. The seventh grade choir received an excellent rating while the eighth grade choir received a superior rating at districts.

On May 2, the National Honor Society held a mock accident. Special thanks to the following community members for their efforts in making this event meaningful for the students: Eric Burns, Tri-Village Rescue, New Madison Fire, Liberty Township Fire, Hollansburg Fire, Eric Fee from Braund Pope Funeral Home, Tony Price, and a special thanks to Care Flight and Miami Valley Hospital.

Special thanks to Junior Class Advisors Dawn Reed and Trudy Snyder and the junior class for a wonderful prom. Thank you to the following for serving as chaperones: Mrs. Verhoff, Mrs. Miller and husband, Mrs. Frech, Mrs. Stump and husband, Mrs. Harris and husband, and Mr. Brough.

On May 7, Tri-Village students participated in a full throttle STEM day at Eldora Speedway. Thanks to Kim Puckett and Leesa Folkerth for spearheading this event. TV had 14 students participate in this event, along with six other schools. This was all made possible by a $16,000 grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. Gentis publically thanked the following individuals and businesses: Air Force Gaming Research Integration for Learning Laboratory, Eldora Speedway, New Madison Mini-Mart, Service and Maintenance Solutions of New Paris and Romer’s Catering, J & M Tire, and Tim’s Sims.

The annual alumni banquet was held May 18. Thank you to Mrs. Verhoff and the high school show choir for providing entertainment. “It was an honor to present the class of 2013 to the New Madison Tri-Village Alumni Association,” stated Gentis.

Gentis congratulated all spring sport athletes on a job well done. Earning honors were: Baseball: Kyle Pipenger – First Team, and Haedon Schlechty – Special Mention, Softball: Ecko Brown – First Team, Krystal Falknor – Second Team, and Rachel Fickert – Special Mention. Congratulations to the high school girls track team for winning the Patriot Invitational, and fifth place at the CCC Meet. The high school boys finished sixth at the CCC Meet. Clayton Murphy won the 800 and 1600 meter run, and set a new conference record in the 800 meter run. Gentis publically thanked Brad Gray, athletic director, and all the volunteers who helped with the two meets hosted by TV this year. The spring sports banquet will be on June 3, 6 p.m.

The Junior/Senior high staff congratulated Frese on a happy retirement and wish Mrs. Verhoff and Mrs. Meginness the very best in their future endeavors.

Community representatives attended the board meeting. Jeff Falknor stated that he hoped there would be future support of Marcia Doner who resigned from her softball position, but also thanked the administration for finding a quality replacement in Mike Fisherback. Community members also submitted a petition in support of Stingers Basketball, a youth basketball program. Thomas reminded the group this program, much like summer recreation baseball, mini cheerleading, pee wee football and other youth programs are outside of the school district’s and the board’s jurisdiction. However, the Tri-Village Board of Education and the school administrators have historically allowed the use of the schools facilities and that policy will likely not change. The group was also reminded to talk to the administrators about any concerns as the district has an open door policy. Always begin with the administration or advisor in charge of making a decision on an issue. Thomas thanked them for attending the meeting.

Thomas passed around a nice news article on the IBM donation that was recently in the newspaper. It’s great to see the word getting out on great things happening at TV.

Thomas publically thanked Kevin and Michelle Flory, and Flory Landscaping for their donation of landscaping material and labor in the flower beds on the school campus. The main entrance looks great, thanks to their generous donation.

Thomas reported on the staff members retiring this year. It is always difficult to watch good teachers and staff members retire.

Thomas thanked the Board for allowing him to serve as the superintendent for the past nine years. “I am excited about my new endeavor and very proud of all the accomplishments at Tri-Village over the last several years. We have hired a lot of good staff members. It’s great to work with people who care about the students and community,” he said. A thank you was also extended to the following for their years of service - Roger Frese, 7-12 science teacher, Brenda Carr, gifted teacher, Malinda Linebaugh, intervention specialist, and Susan Midlam, third grade teacher.

Under transportation, Jerry Hollinger located a used 2005 Vision Bluebird 77 passenger school bus for $35,000. The bus has a brand new engine and less than 100,000 miles on the chassis. This bus already meets the Ohio standards. They are trading in two older buses, and the district works hard to be good stewards of the community’s money.

Thomas encouraged board members to stop by and look at the hall of fame wall. Brian Pohlman’s Ag department along with Shade Brubaker, Kyle Pipenger, and Clayton Murphy built a new wooden background that will house and secure the Hall of Fame plaques.


* Accept the resignation of Kristen Verhoff, K-12 Music Teacher, effective June 3.

* Accept the resignation of Kristen Verhoff, Vocal Music Director, effective June 3.

* Accept the resignation of Marcia Doner, Head Softball Coach, effective April 18.

* Accept the resignation of Troy Porter, Assistant Softball Coach, effective April 18, 2013.

* Accept the resignation of Mike Fisherback, Assistant Baseball Coach, effective April 18.

* Issued one year (2012-2013) limited supplemental contract to Mike Fisherback, Head Softball Coach, effective April 19.

* Issued a one year (2012-2013) limited supplemental contract to Mark Wheeler, Assistant Baseball Coach, effective April 19.

* Accepted the resignation of Tony Thomas, superintendent, effective July 31.

* Employed Kayla Linkous as a classified substitute (Wee Patriot Preschool) for the 2012-2013 school year effective May 9.

* Employed Logan Brubaker as a seasonal summer help for the 2012-2013 school year effective May 15.

* Issued a two year (2013-2014, 2014-2015) contract to Kimberly Puckett, administrative position for grades 7-12 Blended Learning Academy. This is a volunteer position and is excluded from the negotiated agreement.

* Issued a two year (2013-2014, 2014-2015) contract to Leesa Folkerth, administrative position for K-6 online Blended Learning Academy. This is a volunteer position and is excluded from the negotiated agreement.

* Issued a one year (2013-2014) limited supplemental contract to Chris Pearson, Fall Sports Coordinator and Winter Sports Coordinator.

* Issued a one year (2013-2014) limited supplemental contract to Dawn Reed, Junior Class Advisor, Brenda Miller, Yearbook Advisor, Kathy Harris, Freshman Class Advisor, Denise Holsapple, Sophomore Class Advisor, Dana Heckman, IAT Chair High School, Angie Thomas, IAT Chair Elementary, and Christy Sarver, Assistant Cross Country Coach.

* Issued a one year (2013-2014) limited certified contract to Amanda Harting, Intervention Specialist K-12 Mild/Moderate Teacher, conditionally, pending passage of the BCII criminal records check, negative drug screen and the issuance of a valid Ohio teaching certification/license, where applicable for the 2013-2014 school year.

* Approved a two year (2013-2014, 2014-2015) (240 days) salary contract for Noah Welbaum, IT Coordinator, salary will be $32,500 in FY 2014 and $33,500 in FY 2015. This employee is excluded from the negotiated agreement.

* Accepted the resignation of Jessica Meginness, 7-12 Integrated Language Arts, effective June 4.


* Accepted donations.

* Adopted the American History and American Government Interim End-of-Course Exams, required by Senate Bill 165 [2012], be adopted for the 2013-2014 school year.

* Accepted Governor Kasich’s biennial budget (HB 59) proposes to expand the EdChoice Scholarship Program resolution.

* Approved overnight field trips for high school volleyball and basketball teams to attend summer camps.

* Authorized the 2013-2014 membership into the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

* Approved the increased school lunch fees to be $2.30 for grades K-2, and $2.35 for grades 3-12, $2.60 for al a carte lunch, and $2.70 for adults, and $0.50 for milk, main entrée ala carte items $1.95, breakfast for all grades $1.65.

* Adopted the revision of the five-year forecast for fiscal year 2013, as presented by the treasurer.

* Approved Summer Blended Learning tuition rates as follows: $200 resident student; $250.00 non resident student.

* Approved payment to summer blended learning teacher’s at a rate of $100 per student.

* Approved the purchase of a 2005 Vision Bluebird used school bus ($35,000).

* Approved the revised board policies.

* Approved the new board policies.

Following an executive session, the board accepted the resignation of Joshua Sagester, elementary principal, effective July 31 and issued a three-year (2013-16) contract to Joshua Sagester as superintendent of Tri-Village Schools, effective August 1, 2013, as recommended by The Board of Education.

The band and choir was honored. Shown are Andrew Brough, band teacher, Megan Stephan, Erica Hammaker, Ashlyn Roth, Macy Fraylick, Lizzi Miller, Kristen Verhoff, vocal music teacher, Todd Gentis, principal 

Basketball players honored are Andrew Willcox, Kyle Pipenger, Colton Linkous, Matt Werner, Kaleb Chowning, Shade Brubaker, Tyler Cook, Coach Josh Sagester, and Todd Gentis, principal

Shown are Craig Harrison, Macy Fraylick, Seth Thomas, and Todd Gentis, principal

Monday, May 13, 2013

Arcanum-Butler Board of Education - May 9, 2013

ARCANUM – The Arcanum Butler Board of Education met on May 9.

Highlights from the meeting are as follows:


* Minutes from the regular board meeting held April 11, 2013. (vote – all yea)

* Revised Five-Year Forecast, as recommended by the Treasurer. (vote – all yea)

* Ohio High School Athletic Association membership for Arcanum High School and Butler Middle School for the 2013-14 school year. (vote – all yea)

* 2013 senior graduation list, pending completion of graduation requirements and satisfaction of all school obligations. (vote – all yea)

* Amanda Townsend, Beth Piel, and Megan Reinhart to teach summer school for 2013. (vote – all yea)

* Supplemental contracts for the 2013-14 school year: HS student council – Tara Hagan ½, Heather Whittaker ½; HS cheer – Lindsey Burke; eighth grade girls basketball – Angie Cates. (vote – all yea)

* Volunteer coach for the 2013-14 school year: MS cheerleading – Kylie Metzger. (vote – all yea)

* Resignation for the purpose of retirement of Ruth Collins, MS secretary, effective July 1, 2013. (vote – all yea)

* Cafeteria fees for the 2013-14 school year. (vote – all yea)

* Administrative contracts, with compensation to be determined pending the outcome of negotiations between the Board and A-BCTA: Johnathan Stephens, Superintendent, 3 yr beginning Aug 1, 2014; Jason Stephan, HS Principal, 3 yr beginning Aug 1, 2014; Kirby Tipple, MS Principal, 1 yr beginning Aug 2013; Ryan Malany, EL Principal, 3 yr beginning Aug 2014; Matthew Huffman, Treasurer, 3 yr beginning Aug 1, 2014; and Brian Gunter, AD, 3 yr beginning Aug 1, 2013. (vote – all yea)


* Treasurer’s Report: April 2013 check register, April 2013 financial report, April 2013 SM12


* Bill Sinnes, Village Administrator, thanked the students, Mr. Stephan, and the board for their participation and work in the “Serve Arcanum” day.

* Elizabeth Pitzer noted that today was Teacher Appreciation Day. She expressed her gratitude for her fellow staff members, administration, and the board.


* Mr. Stephens recognized staff in accordance with Teacher Appreciation Week, thanking them for their continued efforts to serve the students of Arcanum-Butler Schools. He also thanked the PTO for providing daily gifts/activities to show their appreciation for all staff. Administration provided a luncheon to show their appreciation. Bus Drivers and the School Nurse, Terri Greve, were also recognized for their efforts on Bus Driver Appreciation Day and Nurse Appreciation Day.

* Mr. Stephens commended High School Principal, Jason Stephan, for leading the “Serve Arcanum” day. Many community members have shared positive comments about the day. Students and staff were also recognized for their hard work.

* Mr. Stephens expressed a special thanks to Wagner Paving who will be donating labor and materials for the paving of the paths located at the Good Samaritan North Fields. Continued donations and efforts from local residents, businesses, coaching staff and students are contributing to an outstanding facility.

* The District is in the final stages of implementing the District’s updated and improved web site. Administration and office personnel continue to work on readying the site for the future launch.

* Mr. Stephens thanked State Board Member Darryl Mehaffie for helping to arrange a Darke County visit of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard Ross. Arcanum hosted Dr. Ross for a “Meet and Greet” opportunity where Dr. Ross shared updates and took questions from local administrators.

* Planning is underway for Arcanum-Butler Schools to participate in an Emergency Disaster Drill and Active Shooter training in coordination with Family Health and local and county emergency personal. The drill will take place next fall.

* Stephens presented several policies in draft form for a first read. The policies included: AFC-1 (Also GCN-1) - Evaluation of Professional Staff, AFC-2 (Also GCN-2), AFC-2-R – Evaluation of Professional Staff and JP – Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. The evaluation policies will address recent changes in state law for the implementation of the new Ohio teacher and principal evaluation systems. Policy JP- Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports addresses the required policy to address Restraint and Seclusion practices.

* Mr. Stephens congratulated and thanked Food Supervisor Carol Breckenridge for applying for and receiving a $1000 grant from the ODE Office for Child Nutrition. The National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs Expansion Grant is intended for the purpose of upgrading technology-related equipment and will be used to update the current point-of-sale systems being used.


Elementary – Mr. Ryan Malany

1.) Informing and Serving the Arcanum Community (CIP Goal #2)

* Thank you to all of the volunteers who assisted with Kindergarten Screening including Mrs. Delk, Mrs. Kinney, and Mrs. Cave who helped all day during both days of screening.

* There are currently 72 students enrolled in the AELC for next year. We still have a number of spots available in both the morning and afternoon for the Tuesday-Thursday classes.

* Mercer Savings Bank donated $125 to the AELC. Student Levi Hatfield and his grandmother entered the AELC in a contest for an outstanding business. Mercer Savings Bank is celebrating 125 years of service.

* Thank you to the Arcanum VFW for donating 15 Universal GYRO Bowls to the preschool.

2.) Promoting School Pride and Positive Behavior (CIP Goal #3)

* On May 3, Arcanum Elementary Student Council students participated in Arcanum High School’s “Serve Arcanum” day by picking up trash around the school’s campus.

* The Destination Imagination teams competed at state level competition on Saturday, April 20. The students represented Arcanum well, and the school is proud of their accomplishments and growth this season. Thank you to the volunteer coaches and families for their invested time and money.

* The PTO sponsored its annual Trojan Fest celebration on April 26. The event included games from each homeroom, prize giveaways, and concessions from the FCCLA. Thank you to Mr. Gunter for emceeing the event and to the PTO for all of the planning and preparation that went into it.

* Teacher Appreciation Week was held May 6-10. Each day, the PTO showed its appreciation for the staff with a food or gift item. Thank you to the PTO for coordinating this effort.

3.) Meeting the Individual Needs of Students (CIP Goal #1)

* The Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) were administered during the week of April 29. The third and fourth grade students took the reading OAA on Tuesday, April 30, and the math OAA on Wednesday, May 1. Preliminary data will be available around June 15.

* During testing week, students who receive accommodations on their tests worked with a PLUS Buddy volunteer in the library. Thank you to the many community members who volunteered their time to work with these students!

Middle School – Mr. Kirby Tipple

1.) 2012 MS strategies for improvement on CIP Goal #1 (The instruction and curriculum will meet the individual educational needs for all students.)

* Two Arcanum Middle School students were named to the Ohio State University Middle School Honor Band. Seventh grade band students Isaiah Smith and Alex Weiss spent a day on the campus of Ohio State University rehearsing and performing with noted composer Brian Balmages and OSU Associate Director of Bands Dr. Scott Jones. They worked with other students from over 100 Ohio middle schools to prepare music for a standing room only concert performed at the close of the day’s activities.

* The fifth and sixth grade bands played to a standing room only crowd on April 25. Kudos to Mr. Albright and all of the band students for a wonderful performance.

* The sixth grade enjoyed their annual overnight trip to the Cincinnati Zoo on April 11-12. The students were able to see many “behind the scenes” activities, as well as learn about animal adaptations. Thanks to Miss Littman, 6th grade science teacher, for organizing the event, as well as the teachers and parents who helped as chaperones.

2.) 2012 MS strategies for improvement on CIP Goal #2 (The district will inform and serve the Arcanum community.)

* The entire fifth grade class took a trip to the Darke County Fairgrounds on the afternoon of April 30 to participate in the annual Darke County Youth Health Fair. Students were able to observe booths and interact with members of several Darke County Safety and Health personnel.

3.) 2012 MS strategies for improvement on CIP Goal #3 (Students and staff will promote school pride and positive behavior.)

* Girls in grades 5 through 8 now have a new afterschool opportunity. An afterschool workshop entitled “A World of Girls” has started meeting two nights a week for the next three weeks. The program, sponsored by the Girl Scouts of America, is designed to teach leadership in middle school aged girls.

* The Student Council sponsored the “Spring Dance” on Friday, April 26, at the Field House. The MS Student Council made over $1200 at the dance. Thanks to Mrs. Bowser, MS Student Council Advisor, and the many teachers and parents who helped chaperone and serve refreshments.

High School – Mr. Jason Stephan

1.) Goal #1 – The instruction and curriculum will meet the individual educational needs for all students.

* At this point, 77 students from the class of 2013 will graduate on June 2, 2 p.m., in the high school gym. This year’s guest speaker will be 1970 AHS graduate, Phil Garbig.

* The 2013 Valedictorian is Katie Harman and the Salutatorian is Casey Dendler. Congratulations to both students on an outstanding career.

* Matt Albright and Sunni Tomlinson were selected to participate in the Darke County Government Day. The students spent the entire day with the county commissioners learning about how the county government operates.

* Commendations to the Aranum FCCLA and Patty Carroll for their outstanding achievement at the State FCCLA competition. Awards received were: Outstanding Chapter Award – Gold Rating – Taylor McCowan, Tarah Fledderjohn, Aubrey Kreusch, and Brooke Stutz; Power of 1 Awards – Katie Harman, Allison Dill, Rebecca Denniston, Kellie Ritz, and Tessa Jobes; Chapter Awards – third place-Cancer Campaign, Honorable Mention-Hunger Project, Special Mention-Ronald McDonald House and Share Our Strength; Chapter Showcase Display – Silver – Brooklyn Baker and Olivia Westfall; Ohio FCCLA Endowment Scholarship – Rebecca Denniston; and Family & Consumer Science Knowledge Bowl – National Qualifiers – Tessa Jobes, Kellie Ritz, Kirsten Dottillis, Gabby Martino, and Katie Harman.

2.) Goal #2 – The district will inform and serve the Arcanum community.

* Congratulations to Mr. Albright and the high school band for advancing to the State Concert Band Finals. The band performed admirably scoring a II ranking at the state competition.

* On April 20, the 111th Arcanum Alumni Banquet was held in the cafetorium. Thanks to the Arcanum Alumni Association for putting on an excellent event.

* Commendations to the Arcanum High School Drama Club and their advisors Mrs. Beth Piel and Mrs. Lyn Foureman on an excellent play.

3.) Goal #3 – Students and staff will promote school pride and positive behavior.

* Thank you to Mrs. Karen Cline and the National Honor Society for having the NHS Teacher Tribute luncheon. Each senior member of NHS honored a teacher who had been an influential person in their life.

* Thank you, also, to Ms. Kelly and the Arcanum SADD Club for providing an excellent week of activities to promote safety during prom week.

* Karen Cline and the National Honor Society is to be commended for organizing the Spring Fling event on Friday, May 3. The Spring Fling allowed for students from each grade to compete to earn points for their “Clash of the Classes” total.

* Prom was held at The Crystal Room on May 4. The after prom was at the Miami County YMCA in Troy. Thank you to our class advisors, teacher chaperones, students, and parents for working together to provide for an excellent evening.

* Thank you to Mrs. Brenda Hale for her tremendous assistance with the Scholastic Banquet held on May 6, at Stillwater Golf Course.

* As a high school staff, focus is given to promote the values of accountability, honesty, and service to our students throughout the school year. The staff will be promoting these activities in a variety of ways throughout the school year. One example is in the selection of the Students of the Month. Students of the Month for April were Amanda Michael and Trent Jones.

Adjourned at 9:34 p.m.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Versailles BOE meeting highlights

VERSAILLES – President Ron Gehret called the Versailles Board of Education meeting to order on April 16. Present were board members Gwenn Barga, Angie Bruns, Ron Gehret, Tom Ording and Steve Ruhenkamp; Principals Roger McEldowney, Jeanne Osterfeld, Brenda Braun; Ken Moorman; Jodie Bohman; Reyna Shardo; Cassidy Helman; A.J. Bey; Students Marcy Dirksen, Grant Toops, Hannah Niekamp, Craig Ungruhn, Brianne Buzard, Chris Goettemoeller, Matt Stucke, Katie Heckman, Dylan Hesson, Ted Schmitmeyer, Alex Cordonnier; Marlene Dirksen; Tony Ungruhn; Doug Niekamp; A.J. Bey; Treasurer Alan Barga; and Superintendent Moran.

Superintendent Moran extended commendations to:

* Versailles student Macy Dirksen for being inducted into the MVCTC Vocational National Honor Society

* the FFA Poultry Judging team consisting of Grant Toops, Hannah Niekamp, Malinda Barlage, Craig Ungruhn and Brianne Buzard for placing first at the District 5 competition, with Grant Toops placing first overall

* to the following FFA members for placing first at the District 5 competition: Chris Goettemoeller (Beef Production), Matt Stucke (Grain Production), Katie Heckman (Fiber and Oil Crop Production), and Dylan Hesson (Goat Production)

* FFA member Ted Schmitmeyer for being selected as the District 5 Star State Ag Placement candidate and for placing first in District in this area

* the FFA for being named the Top 10 Chapter in Ohio and the Top 10 Chapter in Student, Chapter and Community Development in Ohio

* the wrestling team for being named 2013 GMVWA All-Area Division III Mat Poll Champions; Matt Subler and Andrew Smith for being named Second Team; Nathan Henry, Andrew Slonkosky, and Kyle Dieringer for receiving Honorable Mention; Matt Mangen, Brandon Christian, Joe Cain, Nic Francis, and Dominic Richard for receiving Special Mention; Jerry Bey and Scott Magoteaux for being named Assistant Coaches of the Year; and A.J. Bey for being named Coach of the Year

* boys basketball team for being regional champions and state runners-up

* Reyna Shardo for being named Versailles Support Staff Member of the Year and to Cassidy Helman for being named the Versailles Teacher of the Year.

In other action items, the Board approved:

* overnight fieldtrips for selected members of the FFA to the State FFA Convention in Columbus, Ohio on May 2-3, with advisor Dena Wuebker in charge and all expenses paid for through the FFA Fund and for members of the MD class to the Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, on May 23-24, with teacher Brittany Harman in charge

* to accept with appreciation $100 from Jim Buchy, $150 from Dena Wuebker, $150 from Mark & Mary Ann Stucke, $200 from Luke and Sharon Osterloh, $200 from Steve & Vicki Buschur, $226 from the FFA Senior Ag Ed Class, $250 from the Versailles FFA Alumni, $300 from Versailles Feed Mill, and $500 from Doug & Brenda Schmitmeyer to the Versailles FFA Banquet

* to accept with appreciation $600 from the Versailles Eighth Grade Washing DC Trip to the Class of 2014, $885.61 from the Versailles Eighth Grade Washington DC Trip to the Class of 2015, and $3,250 from Gordon Orthodontics to the Thoroughly Modern Millie musical

* Holly Keiser as a school van driver for the 2012-2013 school year

* Dave Foltz, Mindy Heitkamp, and David Lee as substitute teachers for the 2012-2013 school year

* to accept with regret the resignation due to retirement of Charlene Watren as secretary at Versailles Elementary School effective as of June 30, 2013

* to amend the 2013-2014 school calendar to include approval of two waiver days for staff development on Friday, September 27, 2013 and Friday, October 25, 2013 (these days will be in lieu of instruction days for students)

* the following dates for the 2014-2015 school calendar: Staff Development Day - August 22, Teacher Work Day - August 25, First Day Students - August 26, Labor Day (No School) – September 1, Staff Development Day (No School) - October 24, P/T Comp Day (No School) - November 26, Thanksgiving Break (No School) - November 27-28, Christmas Break - December 22 – January 2, School Resumes - January 5, Martin Luther King Day (No School) - January 19, President’s Day (No School) - February 16, Spring Break - April 17, P/T Comp Day (No School) - April 20, Memorial Day (No School) - May 25, Last Day Students - May 28, Last Day Teachers (Work Day) - May 29, Contingency Make-Up Days - 1/19, 2/16, 5/29, 6/1, 6/2

* the following dates for the 2015-2016 school calendar: Staff Development Day - August 27, Teacher Work Day - August 28, First Day Students - August 31, Labor Day (No School) - September 7, P/T Comp Day (No School) - November 25, Thanksgiving Break (No School) - November 26-27, Christmas Break - December 21 – January 1, School Resumes - January 4, Martin Luther King Day (No School) - January 18, Staff Development Day (No School) - February 12, President’s Day (No School) - February 15, Spring Break (No School) - March 24-25, P/T Comp Day (No School) - March 28, Memorial Day (No School) - May 30, Last Day Students - June 2, Last Day Teachers (Work Day) - June 3, Contingency Make-Up Days - 1/18, 2/15, 3/24, 6/3, 6/6

* volunteer background check requirements as per Ohio Administrative Code Rule 3301-20-01 - Standards for Licensure and Employment of Individuals with Criminal Convictions

* to grant teachers Heather Duford, Doug Giere, Brittany Harman, Troy Luebke, and Samantha Stens one (1) year contracts, Jessica Huelsman and Michael Paulus three (3) year contracts, Carrie Borchers and Laura Davis five (5) year contracts; and Cassidy Helman, Adam Miller, Amy Shappie, and Kevin Taylor continuing contracts beginning with the 2013-2014 school year

* to grant Deb Didier an one (1) year contract as a cafeteria worker, Tom Myers a two (2) year contract as a custodian, and Fred Borchers a continuing contract as a bus driver beginning with the 2013-2014 school year

* early dismissal on the final student day, May 29, 1:45 p.m.

During items for discussion, the superintendent reported on an insurance question regarding the non-school affiliated Washington D.C. trip.

A question from a board member was is there information available, such as birth rates to help plan for future enrollment. The issue was discussed.

The next regular meeting is May 14, 8 p.m., board office.

Valedictorians named at Tri-Village Board Meeting

NEW MADISON – The Tri-Village Board of Education met April 15, in the board office.

Josh Sagester, Elementary Principal distributed the schools’ April newsletter. Sagester was happy to report there were 54 students on the Principals Roll, 55 on Honor Roll, and 70 on Merit Roll. Testing

The elementary OAA dates are as follows: Testing Dates: April 23 - Reading (Grades 3-6), April 25 - Math (Grades 3-6), and April 30 - Science (Grade 5). The theme for this year’s test is “Study Hard Work Hard.”

The elementary building held fundraisers to raise money for incentives and prizes to reward the students for putting forth their best efforts preparing for the test. They had McTeacher night at McDonalds, and will have a Sonic night. Teachers and staff will wear “Study Hard Work Hard” t-shirts to excite the students. Students also had the opportunity to purchase shirts. Each student received a personalized post card from their teacher and bracelet for motivation. On the mornings of the test, students will view an OAA video that high school students prepared encouraging them to do well on the assessments. On April 18th, Jim Basketball Jones gave a motivational speech to the students. Sagester will give a power point presentation for his expectations for the students. Each student will have the opportunity to earn tickets for a movie and popcorn and other prizes when testing has concluded.

Primary grades will MAP test April 29 – May 3, and the intermediate grades will test from May 6-16.

The Math Night Carnival was a huge success. There were 140 students and 100 adults in attendance. “I would like to publically thank Mrs. Bergman and Miss Moeller for organizing our event. I would also like to thank the many staff members who volunteered their services as well,” stated Mr. Sagester.

Upcoming PATS events: May 6-10 Annual Book Fair, and May 23rd children’s Author/Illustrator visit . Jeanette & Christopher Canyon will visit the elementary.

Important Dates: April 29 - Grades 1-3 Spring Concert, April 30 - Grades 4-6 Spring Band Concert, May 13 - Mobile Dentist, May 17 - Grades K-2 Field Day, May 22 - 3rd Grade Field Trip, May 24 - Grades 3-6 Field Day, May 27 - No School, May 31 - Last Day of School.

Todd Gentis, JH/HS principal, updated the board with the buildings continuous improvement plans. Several teachers are going to the Darke County ESC for student learning objectives (SLO’s) development. “I would like to thank the ESC for hosting and heading department meetings,” he said. Gentis attended the MVCTC principal meeting in April. The district officially began training on April 15, piloting online training for the Instructional Improvement System (IIS). On April 16, both building principals and administrative staff attended a meeting at the Montgomery County ESC on Linkage Training through Battelle for Kids Ohio.

The junior high OAA dates are as follows: April 23 - 8th Grade Reading, April 24 - 7th Grade Reading, April 25 – 7th and 8th Grade Math, April 30 – 8th Grade Science. All students in grades 7 and 8 received a letter informing parents of the upcoming testing dates and other important testing information.

Mr. Gentis was proud to report there were 41 students on the Principals Roll, 61 on Honor Roll, 65 on Merit Roll, and 42 students had perfect attendance during the third quarter. Gentis had the honor to announce this year’s names of the 2012-13 Valedictorians and Salutatorian. This year we have seven valedictorians in the 2013 graduating class including: Sara Bowman, Kaleb Chowning, Macy Fraylick, Elizabeth Miller, Ashlynn Roth, Megan Stephan, Shaye Thomas , and Salutatorian: Jordan Hill.

Safety Committee Update - Drug dogs were brought into the building searching lockers and cars in March. Thanks to the Darke County Sheriff, Preble County Sheriff, Eaton Police and Camden Police for their assistance. Mr. Gentis reported nothing was found.

Peer Visits will continue on May 6. This is the second round of visits and includes new staff members as peer visitors. This allows teachers to see best practices in other classrooms and see their peers in action. Gentis distributed his April building leadership meeting agenda.

Chicago Trip – Gentis publically thanked Mrs. Black and all the chaperones for a very successful ninth grade trip to Chicago. Also, thanks to Brad Gray, Athletic Director for organizing a great Winter Sports Banquet. Also, special thanks to Mrs. Verhoff, Mr. Brough, the Music Boosters and all the students who performed at the recent Dinner Theatre. “It was a great night and it was great to see all of our talented students and teachers performing on stage.” Gentis commended Brian Pohlman and his FFA students for their outstanding job at the annual FFA Banquet. Thanks to Heather Stump, HS Student Council Advisor and the Student Council for hosting and organizing a blood drive. There were 51 total donors, including 21 first time donors.

Upcoming Events: High School Chorus April 27 State Contest at Tipp City High School starting at 10 a.m.; Destination Imagination Team State competition April 20; Mock Accident - May 2, 9:30 a.m., Drive Smart Program; Prom - May 4, 8-11 p.m., at Cooper Farms, Ludlow Falls; Music Department Washington D.C. Trip May 8-12; Alumni Banquet - May 18; Spring Music Concert, 7 p.m., high school gym, May 20; Music Department Awards, May 21, 6:30 p.m., Commons; Jazz A-Palooza, May 21, 7 p.m., Auditorium; Last Day for Seniors, May 24; Graduation Practice, May 31; and Graduation Ceremony, June 1, 6 p.m.

Tony Thomas, superintendent, commended both the principals for keeping the board informed of upcoming events and happenings throughout the year. Thomas reported they held an Athletic Council meeting on April 15 to work on new policies.

Recently, the newspapers have released what the new local report card will look like in the future. The State Board of Education is continuing work to phase in and implement reports to reflect changes in state law.

In March, Thomas released that Tri-Village was selected to be a pilot school for the new Instructional Improvement System (IIS) the state purchased with Race to the Top (RttT) funds. The district will have access to this powerful new tool to manage data at our finger tips and to create assessments aligned to the Common Core Curriculum. Linkage is a very important part in how we get our RttT data. The IIS should be fully operational at the start of the 2013-2014 school year. On April 15, teachers, the principals and Thomas participated in an IIS webinar to get the district started; the next step is starting online modules. “We believe this process will go fast. Once the trainers are trained, they will train the entire staff during a professional work day in August,” he said.

The 2013-2014 school calendar was revised reflecting a change in parent teacher conferences. The PTC for students in grades 7-12 will have their first round of conferences during the second quarter instead of the first quarter. The teachers will have more information to share with the parents at that time.

Thomas received notification that it is time to negotiate the classified contracts. Thomas did respond, and the school is compliant. Darin Dubbs, school board member, volunteered to serve on the negotiating team along with Thomas and Kimberly Chowning, treasurer.

The next board meeting is May 20, 7 p.m., in the board office.


* Issued a five year (2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018) limited certified contract to Andrew Brough, Multi-Age P-12 Music Teacher, Jeff Judy, 7-12 Social Studies Teacher, Julia Slyder, Intervention Specialists, Mild/Moderate K-12.

* Issued a two year (2013-2014, 2014-2015) limited certified contract to Rebecca Rother, 7-12 Integrated Language Arts Teacher and part-time contract to Jessica Meginness, 7-12 Integrated Language Arts Teacher.

* Issued a one year (2013-2014) limited supplemental contract to Kristen Verhoff, Vocal Music Director, Andrew Brough, Band Director, Catherine McNew, Color Guard Advisor, Sharon Anderson, Academic Activity Advisor (Piano Accompanist), Debbie Frech, Junior High Student Council, Shellie Francis, Senior Class Advisor, Heather Stump, High School Student Council, Dawn Reed, Senior Class Advisor, Josh Sagester, Head Boys Basketball Coach, Logan Brubaker, Assistant Boys Basketball Coach, Mark Wheeler, 7th Grade Boys Basketball Coach, Steve Brewer, 8th Grade Boys Basketball Coach, Brad Gray, Head Girls Basketball Coach, Mike Fisherback, Assistant Girls Basketball Coach, Dave Westfall, 8th Grade Girls Basketball Coach, Mike Albright, 7th Grade Girls Basketball Coach, Tammy Foreman, 8th Grade Volleyball Coach, Natalie Malott, National Honor Society Advisor, and Gerald Hollinger, Transportation Supervisor.

* Recognized Mick Sagester, volunteer boys basketball coach for the 2013-2014 season.

* Issued a one year (2013-2014) limited certified contract to Lindsay Bergman, Early Childhood (P-3) Teacher, Brock Wysong, 7-12 Integrated Science Teacher, Elizabeth Roberts, Gifted – Intervention Specialist K-12 Teacher, conditionally, pending passage of the BCII criminal records check, negative drug screen, and the issuance of a valid Ohio teaching certification/license, where applicable for the 2013-2014 school year.


* Rescinded board motion 13-131 (Chris Pearson, Site Manager).

* Approved Chris Pearson, site manager for FY2013 at a rate of $50.00 per home baseball and softball games to be paid from the athletic fund.

* Accept the following donations Superintendent:

1. $350 from New Madison Kiwanis to Destination Imagination.

2. $150 from Dave Westfall to HS Band.

3. $140.37 from McDonald’s to the Elementary Principal’s Fund to support OAA week.

4. $50 from Mark & Gina Moore to Kindergarten Club.

* Approved for graduation those members of the class of 2013 pending completion of all State and Local requirements.

* Approved an overnight field trip for select FFA members to attend The State FFA Convention from May 2, 2013 to May 3, 2013, under the direction of Mr. Brian Pohlman.

* Approved an overnight field trip for select FFA members to attend the State FFA Camp in Carrolton, OH from June 17-21, 2013, under the direction of Brian Pohlman.

* Approved the Schedule of Records Retention and Disposition (Form RC-2) which has been approved by the Record Commission of the Tri-Village Local School District and will be submitted to the Ohio Historical Society. The RC-2 Schedule was prepared following the passage of House Bill 153 which was effective September 29, 2011.

* Authorized a GASB 34 conversion and compilation contract based upon the modified cash basis of accounting with Carol Riggle, CPA for FY 2013, fee not to exceed $1,375.

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