Members of the Delphos City Schools Board of Education include, front from left, Erika Illig and President Erica Pimpas; and back, Andy North, Ed Wielacher and Vice President Jamey Wisher. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
Members of the Delphos City Schools Board of Education include, front from left, Erika Illig and President Erica Pimpas; and back, Andy North, Ed Wielacher and Vice President Jamey Wisher. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
DELPHOS – Delphos City School District voters will see two renewals on the May Primary Election Ballot from the school.

Board members approved two pieces of legislation Monday evening paving the way for a 5.5-mill Operating renewal and a 2.25-mill Permanent Improvement renewal to be placed on the ballot. The levies have been certified by Allen County to raise $907,535 per year and $287,902 per year, respectively.

The operating levy renewal money can be used toward day-to-day expenses like payroll and utilities while the Permanent Improvement renewal money can only be used for items that have a life of five or more years such as school buses and equipment.

New board member Erika Illig was sworn in. Illig is a chemical engineer and is employed as a senior production engineer at Fort Amanda Specialties in Lima, which is a joint venture between BASF and Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel). She is also the Director of Science Enhancement for Science Advancement (SESA), a program sponsored by the companies on the Lima Chemical Complex to promote hands-on science for K-8 students in all of the Allen County public schools as well as the Allen County Educational Service Center.

She and her husband David, have an eighth-grader and a sophomore in the district.

Illig is ready to tackle upcoming issues facing the board.

“There are a lot of things going on in the district and I was raised that you don’t turn away from problems, you step up and help,” Illig said.

Plans are underway for the consolidation of Landeck Elementary students into Franklin Elementary and Jefferson Middle Schools. The administration and teachers have begun meeting on a regular basis to make the transition go smoothly. Building and technology assessments have begun and renovations at the middle school have been discussed, according to Interim Superintendent Faith Cummings.

Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent Kim Jettinghoff has given her notice to retire as of Sept. 1, with the intent to be rehired, according to administrative procedures, after sitting out the mandated 60 days.

Jefferson Middle School secretary Karen Klausing has also announced her retirement as of June 1. Klausing and Middle School Principal Doug Westrick are exploring the possibilities of her being re-hired for next school year.

The board approved contracts for the following spring coaches for the 2019 season: Damon Joseph - baseball assistant, Kristi Hageman - softball assistant, Eric Wallace - head boys varsity track, Rick Dienstberger - track assistant, Bub Lindeman - junior high boys track and Ben Rahrig, junior high girls track.

Volunteers were also approved and include: baseball — Mike Joseph, Josh Miller, Tyler Rice, Ryan Strickler and Nick Fitch; and softball — Amanda Wrasman and Brad Rostorfer.

The following fall coaches for the 2019-20 school year were approved as well:

Kristi Hageman - head volleyball coach, Josiah Stober - head soccer coach soccer, Rick Dienstberger - assistant soccer coach, Ryan Strickler - girls golf, Shane Gallmeier - boys golf, Amanda Wrasman - head cheer, Michelle Kroeger - assistant cheer; and Sarah Prine - junior high cheer.

A $1,800 donation from Toledo Molding and Die was accepted.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the winter indoor track program for 2018-19 to be coached by volunteer Rick Dienstberger; and

• Appointed Cummings as principal evaluator credentialed through the Ohio Principal Evaluation System (OPES).

During the Organizational Meeting prior to the regular board meeting, Erica Pimpas was elected president and Jamey Wisher vice president. Regular meetings will be held at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month. The Finance and Facilities committees will meet at 6 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the regular board meeting in February, April, May, August, October and November. The Policy and Curriculum committees will meet at 6 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the regular board meetings in March, June, September and December. All meetings are open to the public.