DELPHOS — Delphos City Schools is restructuring the way its students look at “what they want to be when they grow up.”

Using a grant, the district has hired Lisa Imel, president of the Cleveland-based EDSolutions Group, a consultation firm.

Imel is working alongside administrators, teachers and students to close the gap between real-world experiences and the needs of the students and community.

“In August, I asked the teachers if they had held freshman orientation in the past and they said no. I said, let’s try it,” Imel told school board members Monday evening. “It was standing-room only in the career center that night. We were pulling chairs from everywhere. Everyone was engaged.”

The Wildcat University 2019-20 Event Series was also implemented this school year. Wildcat University includes the “Better Together” community Series and “Career Pathways & Your Future” student series.

The first career panel for the latter was held Sept. 17 and included business leaders from agriculture, food and natural resources; architecture and construction; arts, audio/video technology and communication; and business management and administration.

The panel explained what their jobs entailed and what they are looking for in future employees.

“The objective of the panel assembly was designed to help students expand their horizon and increase their exposure to our workforce partners. Our goal is for the students to use these experiences and relate them back to their academic classes and to help support their determination for a future carer pathway,” Jefferson High School Principal Chad Brinkman said. “We have many events planned this year and our goal is to partner with as many post-secondary education institutions and businesses as possible to increase opportunity for our Delphos students and community as a whole, not just Jefferson.”

Additional panels are scheduled for Nov. 20 and Dec. 11.

“Better Together” events include “Financial Literacy 101: on Oct. 23; “Human Resources & Personal Branding” on Nov. 19; Mental Health Awareness” on March 11 and “Lessons Learned: Staying Drug + Alcohol Free” in April. The series is held from 6:30-8 p.m. in the career center. The community is welcome.

Imel said along with introducing the students to possible career paths, the way college is approached is changing.

“We always ask kids what college they are going to when we should be asking them what they are interested in and then finding out what degree they need to further that interest and the best school to get that degree. We are flipping the college decision-making paradigm,” Imel said.

Franklin Principal Bob Hohlbein will be in Washington, D.C., Nov. 13 and 14 to accept the National Blue Ribbon Award earned by his building.

“I never imagined the number of people who would reach out to us congratulating us on this award,” Hohlbein told the school board. “It has been overwhelming.”

The award will be presented by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

Superintendent Doug Westrick reported repairs being made to the boiler at Jefferson Middle School were covered by insurance. Spring flooding had caused damage to the wiring, pumps, etc., to the tune of $15,756.

The position of a part-time bus aide was suspended for financial reasons.

The board approved supplemental contracts for Kristin Gable, senior class advisor; Josh Teman, junior high boys basketball volunteer; Craig Carder, junior varsity boys basketball volunteer; Trey Roney, assistant varsity boys baseball; and Damon Joseph and Ryan Strickler, varsity baseball volunteers.

The board also accepted the resignation of Josiah Stober as senior class advisor.

In other business, the board:

• Approved auxiliary services for aide position for Jessica Bertling; and

• Approved the certificate of service for Bellmann’s Party Shop due to an ownership shift.