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Thursday, April 18, 2013 2:13 PM

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FORT JENNINGS— During the school board’s monthly meeting on Wednesday night, members completed a busy agenda focusing on new business matters, a resolution expressing opposition to provisions in HB 59 and an update on Race To The Top.

Ottawa-Glandorf graduate Keith Utendorf has been named the new varsity basketball coach. Utendorf has an extensive coaching background as Varsity Assistant at Leipsic from and Varsity Assistant coach in football and basketball at Van Wert.

Utendorf graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelors in Education and Language Arts.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity of working with the kids,” Utendorf said. “I have immense respect for Coach Von Sossan and what he has built here. And I look forward to continuing the tradition.”

Utendorf will begin his first day with the administration today.

He and his wife, Andria, reside in Delphos.

Additionally, the board approved the recommendation of a number of candidates to fill vacated coaching, assistant and sports oriented positions: Gregg Luthman, as boys varsity soccer coach; Todd Bullinger as varsity basketball assistant; Kevin Trentman and Neil Whittler as junior high basketball coaches; and Dave Luersman as elementary basketball coach.


In girls basketball; Andrea Mead was approved as the varsity assistant; Bill Calvelage as girls reserve; Jeff Kimmet as junior high coach; and Cora Kehres as junior high assistant. In girls soccer, Varsity coach is Rodney Wagner and Varsity Assistant is Jim Buettner. The Track Assistant position went to Mike Knott. Mary Jean Schweller will fill the athletic secretary position. Additionally, Jennifer Neidert will become the new Junior High Cheerleader Advisor.

Joyce Brokamp was recommended as the Assistant Musical Director.

Certificated extra-curricular positions for a period of one year [2013/14 season/school year] were also discussed and included the recommendation of; Todd Hoehn as athletic director; Kevin Horstman as girls varsity basketball coach and track coach; Audrea Mancinotti as varsity cheer coach; Todd Hoehn as golf coach; and Rose Mary Warnecke as pep band, summer band program, musical director and senior play director.

In Financial Business, board members accepted the following donations; $927 from Fort Jennings Activity Boosters to Band Trip Fund; $500 from Medical Mutual for Scholarship; $50 to the Building Fund in memory of Felicia Dickman; and as entire collection of Dinotopia books to third-grade classroom from Nick Wurst.

Board members accepted the retirement of John Von Sossan from the Varsity Boys Basketball Coaching position. Superintendent Nicholas Langhals commended Von Sossan for his achievements at the school.

“On behalf of the school and myself, we want to thank coach Von Sossan for over 50 years,” Langhals stated. “On and off the court he’s done a lot for the kids and the school.”

Members passed the resolution expressing the opposition to provisions in House Bill (HB) 59.

Langhals updated the board members on the administration’s progress with Race To The Top. The team had a regional meeting at UNOH last week where they discussed upcoming Think Gate sessions. Think Gate is the technology solution for rapidly and efficiently bringing information, educators and students closer together.
“We are doing good,” Langhals said. “Progressing nicely.”

Principal Kathleen Verhoff gave the Elementary Report. On Wednesday, fifth and sixth-grade students participated in the county Quiz Bowl, which was the first time they competed with other schools. Verhoff said that the students did very well. Recently, fifth and six-grade students took part in the School Speech Contests, which was themed “Overcoming Adversity”. Sixth-grade students Rachael Luersman and Lindsey Core, and fifth-grade student Raylee Clay, placed first, second and third successively and will be competing at the county level in early May.

The next school board meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. May 16.

Last Updated on Thursday, April 18, 2013 2:15 PM

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