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Thursday, February 21, 2013 1:54 PM

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FORT JENNINGS — The Fort Jennings School Board members addressed an array of business matters Wednesday.

In financial news, the board approved real estate tax advances of $320,000 during the months of January and February. Members also were in favor of accepting a variety of donations, including: $210 anonymous donation to the Cheer Fund; $326.58 to the Elementary Activities from Box Tops for Education; $193.85 for Ellison Dies from F.J. Community Women’s Club; $50 each to the Building Fund in memory of Cecelia Vorst and Alvera Sakemiller; $115.53 to the Elementary Activities from Meijer Community Rewards; $50 to the Athletic Fund from Frank and Denise Sukup in memory of Alvera Sakemiller; $35 from Delphos Publications; $57 from poster boards donated by Drew Field; and books for the elementary library from Dereck Weyrauch and Alexis Hoersten.

In old business, board members accepted the resignations of Vanna Abbott effective at the end of the school year and Coach Jim Buettner from the girls elementary basketball program. Principal Nicholas Langhals praised both Abbott and Buettner for their enduring contributions to the school.

“Ms. Abbott will be greatly missed by all,” Langhals spoke with empathy. “The major part of her life was spent in this school, at basketball games, football games, she will be missed by the students. Coach Buettner gave a lot of years to this school and he will be missed. We want to thank him for all he has done.”

Approval of the tentative list of seniors for graduation was discussed in new business. Langhals complimented the soon-to-be graduates.

“We have 34 seniors graduating and each are on track. It’s a very good class that has done very well,” he stated enthusiastically.

In addition, the members addressed the recommendations of Heather Harmon for the National Honor Society advisor position; Ryan Kraner as a volunteer track coach; and Philip Snow as a paid assistant basketball coach.

Principal Langhals reported on informational items including safety updates. In response to the acts of school violence such as in Newtown and the entryway safety questions brought to the board’s attention in December 2012 by parent Brian Altenburger, the school reviewed its policy and safety practices and decisively implemented new controls.

“We finally adapted the doors with a buzzer system,” Langhals reported. “We notified the student’s parents via letter sent out last week.”
Langhals also reported the administration’s progress on Race to the Top is focusing on teacher evaluations.

“We’re currently looking at the new standards and the new evaluation models for the teachers,” Langhals added.

The high school report given by Athletic Director Todd Hoehn included congratulating all the students who participated in the County Science Fair. Five students — Marissa Krietemeyer, Kyle Maag, Erin Eickholt, Ryan Hoersten and Dillon Schimmoeller — each received a superior rating. Special awards were given to Adam Howbert, Cody Von Lehmden, Jeremy Smith, Drew Grone and Kyle Hellman.

Sectional tournament action for the varsity boys will begin Wednesday. Tickets will go on sale Friday during the half-time of the boys’ varsity game with Leipsic.

Elementary Principal Kathleen Verhoff announced the upcoming student events for the remainder of the month. On Wednesday, COSI on Wheels will be at the school introducing dynamic, hands-on science topics to the students.

“We are looking for parent volunteers to help,” Verhoff explained. “Moms, dads and grandparents are needed.”

Please call Principal Verhoff at 419-286-2762 and direct any questions about or to volunteer with the COSI program.

The next meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on March 20.


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