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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:00 PM


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FORT JENNINGS — Fort Jennings School Board members approved Matthew Dubé as the next elementary school principal and introduced him at the board meeting on Wednesday night.

Dubé comes to the school district from Pandora where he was a science and math teacher. He and his wife Kelly, along with their four children, live in the village.


“Coming home is nice. It’s a similar school system with close-knit families,” he said. “I’m looking forward to meeting all the students, parents and teachers at the beginning of the school year.”


He said Jennings is a bit smaller with a difference of approximately six kids per grade level.

Fort Jennings resident Dean Van Sossan addressed council as a parent of a child with special needs. He said he has been working with the Fort Jennings administration and the Putnam County Educational Service Center (ESC) to develop a plan for his daughter so she can be educated in the community in a regular classroom setting.

During the process, Van Sossan inquired about locating a special-education classroom in Fort Jennings, Ottoville, Kalida or Columbus Grove and he said the ESC refused to discuss altering their classroom arrangements.

“The stance of Fort Jennings School is that I must pursue legal action through due process against the district if I want to have my child in a regular education classroom,” Von Sossan said.

Von Sossan wanted to bring the information regarding the situation to school board members. He urged them to remain informed about how special-education services are structured within the district by asking questions of the local administration and the ESC to learn if they are handling special-education needs as expected.

“This community has always been supportive of my child,” Von Sossan explained. “I struggle with the idea of an administration that wants me to take legal action against the district.”

Given the options presented, Von Sossan has chosen not to pursue legal action.

Board members approved the cafeteria prices for the 2014-15 school year which will remain the same as last year with elementary lunches priced at $2.10 and high school lunches costing $2.20 and recommended the school continue with Arps Dairy as its milk supplier and Nickles Bakery as its bread supplier.

High School Principal Nicholas Langhals said the milk and bread suppliers’ services have been great and the costs are similar to last year.

Board members approved hiring Missy Fortman on an hourly basis as Title I teacher and Jim Hoersten as part-time Industrial Arts teacher for the 2014-15 school year.

“Fortman’s hours depend on funding and averages two hours per day,” Langhals said. “Hoersten has been teaching at both Ottoville and Fort Jennings schools part time for two years and teaches three classes.”

Members passed the resolution to proceed with the proposition of a 5-year, .75-percent Renewal Income Tax.

In elementary information, outgoing Elementary Principal Kathleen Verhoff reported she was very pleased with the recent results of the Ohio Achievement Assessment Scores (OAAS).

“The students passed every area with a 75 percent or better, which shows growth,” she explained. “In sixth-grade math, the students achieved a 100 percent. Hats off to teachers, parents and students.”

Verhoff also thanked the volunteers contracted through the Council on Aging for giving their time and working with at-risk students in the school.

“Statistics show students reading in a one-on-one setting results in improved reading skills,” she said.

The next school board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 in the school’s library.

Last Updated on Thursday, July 17, 2014 11:54 AM

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