OTTOVILLE —Ottoville is preparing to welcome their girls basketball team home this evening. During Wednesday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Scott Mangas told the board he expected the team to arrive back in Ottoville from Columbus between 8-9 p.m. and all would be welcome in the gym to greet the team.

Several board members plan to attend the Vantage All-Boards Dinner at 6 p.m. April 6. Vantage’s new superintendent, Rick Turner, will be the guest speaker.

Treasurer Bob Weber reported the district’s audit was going well.

“They are very thorough,” Weber said. “We should have a report on that in mid-April.”

Ottoville is audited every two years. Schools who receive more than $500,000 in state funding are audited yearly.

Mangas reported the Putnam County school tour with Ohio Superintendent of Education Paolo DeMaria and Tess Elshoff, president of the State Board of Education, was a success.

As part of the tour, DeMaria and Elshoff started the day off in Ottoville, then trekked to four other county school districts before closing the day’s events in Columbus Grove. There the two top education officials were feted with a brief concert by Columbus Grove student musicians who performed an original work, Spartacus, composed by Grove Senior Christian Farkasdi. Along the way, DeMaria and Elshoff observed Kalida students working with a 3D printer, watched as Ottawa-Glandorf biomed students dissected a cow’s eye and visited a garden and gazebo designed and built by students in Leipsic’s VoAg department.

Mangas and Fort Jennings Superintendent Nick Langhals served as tour guides.

“They were very receptive to what we had to say,” Mangas said. “They are listening to us and it was worth it.”

A new Promethean board will be installed in the elementary wing. Mangas described it as a giant iPad with the capabilities of 10 hands touching it at the same time. The board costs $4,759.

The board also accepted the following donations: $8,168 from the Ottoville Big Green Athletic Boosters for the fence wind screen at the athletic complex; $1,370 from the athletic boosters for a softball pitching machine; $127 from Vantage Career Center for a recent raffle; and $50 from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for the use of a bus for a ski trip.