By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer
HAVILAND – The Wayne Trace Local School Board of Education opened its regular monthly meeting June 12 to discuss the possible drug testing policy that would be implemented for the 2014-15 school year.
The discussion was open to benefit parents and students who could ask questions. However, no one attended the meeting that was led by Superintendent Steve Arnold, principal Greg Leeth and Jim Linder, the school’s athletic director. Also in attendance was the director of occupational health at Paulding County Hospital, Brenda Wieland.
The hospital will conduct the testing and Wieland was on hand to answer any questions pertaining to the possible drug testing. With no public in attendance, those leading the overall discussion, directed most of the information to the board of education.
Some of the recommendations being presented included who would be tested; would it include just those students involved in extracurricular activities including band and choir members and even those who drive to school?
According to Arnold, all students that compete in extracurriculars would be tested before each sports season and would be given a four to six week notice prior to any testing. Random testing would also be administered throughout the year to 10-15 percent of students.
It will also need to be determined what disciplinary measures will be taken for student athletes and non student athletes who fail the testing.
Required testing will be that of a urine sample that a student will submit under adult supervision with immediate results. Cost for the testing will be $14 reported Wieland.
After hearing the presentation, the board asked Arnold, Leeth and Linder to gather a proposal that would be presented to the board at a special meeting on June 30. At that time the board plans to make a decision on the proposal.
Excellence in Education awards were presented to Susan Backus from Grover Hill Elementary, Marie Moore from Payne Elementary and Dave Alt from Wayne Trace Junior/Senior High.
Retirement recognition was given to teachers Michael Bok, Jan Borterf, Tom McCord, and Moore, along with secretary Kathy Kipfer. Others who were recognized for their retirement but were absent included teachers Anne Gerber and Judith Shook, and study hall monitor Debbie Kipfer. All retirees received a plaque for their service.
The board viewed a video that was put together by eighth grade students who had received iPads and Macbook laptops that were purchased with grant funds in the amount of $25,000 from American Farmers Grow Education by Monsanto.
In other business, the board:
• Offered one-year supplemental contracts for the 2014-15 school year to the following certified personnel: Jim Linder, boys varsity basketball coach; Bethany Hughes, girls varsity basketball coach; Craig Miller, junior varsity basketball coach; Mallory Diamond, eighth grade girls basketball coach; Joe Linder, seventh grade boys basketball coach; Kara Thomas, seventh grade girls basketball coach.
• Offered one-year supplemental contracts for the following classified personnel: George Clemens, varsity wrestling coach; Al Welch, assistant boys basketball coach; Mike Priest, assistant girls basketball coach; Dan Bland, freshman boys basketball coach; Jim Sherry, eighth grade boys basketball coach.
• Approved the hiring and rate for the following technology helpers for summer employment: Chris Davis, up to 40 hours per week at $7.95 per hour; Kenny Ganter, up to 40 hours per week at $7.95 per hour.
• Reemployed Kay Head as Title I teacher at Payne Elementary for 2014-15; Angela Manz for a one-year limited contract as Title I teacher at Grover Hill for 2014-15. These assignments are possible by having additional federal grant funds.
• Offered one-year limited contracts to Darcy Breier, Elizabeth Motycka as transitional kindergarten teacher at Payne and Jacob Moser as an intervention specialist at Payne. All limited contracts are for the 2014-15 school year.
• Okayed treasurer Gary Ginter to approve a proposal from Phelan Insurance Agency, representing Liberty Mutual Insurance, for liability coverage beginning July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
• Accepted the resignation of girls’ faculty manager Ann Olwin effective July 1.
• Approved waiver days that will include a two hour delay. Dates include Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Jan. 21, Feb. 18 and April 15.
• Voted to participate in the Federal free and reduced lunch and breakfast program for 2014-15.
• Commended 2014 valedictorians Madeline Baumle, Matthew Klopfenstein, Rachel Kreischer, Haley Linder, Madison Poling, Jared Sherry, Libby Stabler and Sylvia Young.
• Commended head softball coach Jack Baumle and the girls softball team for winning the sectional, district and regional tournament this past season. The Board also recognized head coach Tony Branch and the members of the track and field team for winning the Green Meadows Conference while commending Arlen Stoller and Seth Saylor for their participation in the recent state meet held in Columbus.