Ottoville School Board members Marilyn Calvelage, left, Kevin Landin, Barb Hoersten and Kim Wannemacher listen as Superintendent Scott Mangas explains some of the uses for Ottoville's new Y.E.T. Room. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
Ottoville School Board members Marilyn Calvelage, left, Kevin Landin, Barb Hoersten and Kim Wannemacher listen as Superintendent Scott Mangas explains some of the uses for Ottoville's new Y.E.T. Room. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
OTTOVILLE — Students and parents will get a break from school during the Ottoville Local Schools Family First Night on Nov. 14.

The event encourages families to plan an evening, including a family meal, board games, movies, etc. The students will have no homework, no tests the next day, no practices, no games and are asked to not use technology that evening.

“This is a night to just unplug and enjoy doing something as a family without worrying about homework, tests or sports,” Superintendent Scott Mangas said at Wednesday’s school board meeting. “It the first goes well, we’ll do it every nine weeks.”

Families are asked to post photos of the evening on the school’s website. Local restaurants are also offering 10 percent off a family meal on Nov. 14.

The school will participate in the “Make Some Noise Against Drugs” program sponsored by a grant from St. Rita’s to the Putnam County Police Chiefs, Putnam County ADAMHS Board, Putnam County Juvenile Court and Putnam County Common Pleas Court.

In total, nine Putnam County schools will participate. Schools will post a 20 second video using #makesomenoiseagainstdrugs on a special Instagram account set up by the school with a new video posted each month in November, December and January. The total “likes” from the three-month period can earn prom-funding prizes, including $1,000 for the most “likes;” second-most, $800; and third-most, $500. Remaining schools can earn $200 if the school’s “likes” reach 50 percent of the student body each month.

Each school will also receive $1,000 to purchase T-shirts for the students courtesy of Judge Keith Scheirloh.

Ottoville students are also enjoying the new Y.E.T. (Youth Experimenting for Tomorrow) Room. The room is place where students will ha an opportunity to explore their own interests; learn how to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual; and develop creative projects.

Students and staff use the room daily to enhance school lessons, expand learning opportunities and collaborate across curriculum and grade levels. Students can also use the room during free time and study halls.

Some items that can be found in the room include boxes, cans, fabric, glue, paper, scissors, paint, toothpicks, popsicle sticks, batteries, copper foil tape, snap circuits, a 3D printer and more.

The district received $28,109 in Student Wellness & Success funds from the state. Mangas said the money will be used for Wellness Babies, security at ballgames, the “Make Noise Against Drugs” program and possibly athletic trainers.

Season tickets for basketball will remain the same as last year. Adults season tickets for boys basketball will be $55; girls basketball, $45; and junior high basketball, $20. Students season tickets will be $25 for boys and girls basketball and $10 for junior high.

Donations were approved, including $125 from the class of 1969 for new books in the library; $100 from JoAnn Horstman for the Y.E.T. Room; $300 for the band’s participation in the Pioneer Days parade; $20.87 from OHSAA for state merchandise royalties; and $6,994.24 from the Ohio BWC for the dividend share check.

Mangas also noted the school district received $32,000 from the Ohio BWC in grant form to install a new fob system for the school’s doors.

The board also accepted the resignation of James Brown.