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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1:22 PM

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ELIDA — At their last meeting before the May Primary Elections, members of the Elida Board of Education and Superintendent Don Diglia expressed their appreciation for all of the community support and volunteer work put into the levy campaign.

“Our levy committee has been meeting on a regular basis and it’s very exciting to see the enthusiasm and all of the hard work they’ve put in,” Diglia said. “They really understand the importance of the issue. We’ve done some phone polling and got extraordinary responses and it’s just been met very favorably with the community. It’s been a positive experience.”

Voters will be asked to pass a five-year, 5.95-mill property tax levy, which would raise $2.1 million a year and help the district maintain its bare-bones operation.
On April 5, a Family Fun Day was held to help raise funds for the district.

“It was a great show of community support. The volunteers that came out are just outstanding individuals and we’re really excited about where we’re going with that group,” Treasurer Joel Parker said. “We had about double the turnout I expected and we ended up raising around $10,000, which is incredible for an afternoon of fun.”
During the meeting, a resolution was passed for the high school tennis courts to be named “Denny Schwinnen Tennis Courts,” after Elida Tennis Coach Denny Schwinnen, who has taught in the district for 40 years, coached boys tennis in the district for 36 years and girls tennis for 13 years. He was WBL Coach of the Year 14 times and held a career record of 455-167 in boys tennis and 111-97 in girls tennis. He has won the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Integrity Award and was inducted into the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010.

Students of the month for April are: Elida Elementary- Caitlyn Henderson, Brady Kirk, Ben Osmon; Elida Middle School- Alexis Bowman, Darren Harris, Briana Mason, Austin Smith; Elida High School- Nicholas Bader, Lauren Greeley, Emily Schaefer, Ericka Smith.

The board passed resolutions honoring the following: National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5-11), Bus Driver Appreciation Day (May 6), National Administrative Professionals Week (April 21-27), School Library Media Month (April), National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and Alcohol Awareness Month (April).

The board accepted the resignations of Dennis Thompson (high school teacher, effective May 28 for retirement purposes) and Charlie Powell (custodian, effective March 29), and approved an agenda item recommending the non-renewal of contracts for three certified employees and 35 supplemental employees.

The following individuals were approved for employment: Trey Bowman (summer employee), Trent Long (summer employee), Patricia Woodruff (non-certified, subst. bus driver) and Miranda Shingledecker (supplemental, middle school cheerleading coach). Ashley Klay, Desiray Goedde, Jennifer Snipes and Brooke Hutchins were approved as substitute teachers.

The board approved a 3-year renewal of the administrative contract for Principal Faith Cummings as well as 29 certified contract renewals and 13 non-certified.


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