By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer
HAVILAND – Meeting in regular session on Monday, Aug. 11, the Wayne Trace Local Board of Education worked through a plethora of agenda items. The board was updated on several projects while preparing for the upcoming school year. The construction of the press box for baseball and softball was recommended by superintendent Steve Arnold while various technology updates were presented.
Arnold informed the board oF building and grounds updates and also made a recommendation for building press boxes at both the softball and baseball complexes, with one serving as a concession stand at the lower level and a storage area for both programs at the bottom of the other press box.
The athletic boosters have pledged $12,000 to the project and Arnold recommended to contract for the new press boxes at both fields not to exceed $28,000 for the project total of $40,000.
Jerry Hessel, Wayne Trace technology coordinator, informed the board that 900 laptop computers have been made available to students.
Hessel also reported on the phone system and how lightning has affected the system on three occasions during the summer. According to Hessel, a new phone system would be more cost effective, and digital lines would take care of the static being heard in the current program.
The board approved a transfer of funds including $50,000 from the general fund for severance pay; reserved advances made from the general fund to the grant fund to include $24,000 for the cafeteria and $15,082.76 for the Straight A fund. The board also agreed a pay rate for the assistant treasurer at $19.15 per hour for the current school year.
For the second consecutive year the Payne Elementary fourth grade class achieved 100 percent in passing the OAA reading test. Principal Jody Dunham commended teacher April Krouse for her efforts in this important achievement.
Items of consent along with one resolution was passed including the following:
• Grant extended leave-of-absence under FMLA for Sarah Franz from approximately Aug. 13-Sept. 26.
• Offer a one-year contract to Vicki Etzler as part-time JH/HS study hall supervisor, beginning with the 2014-15 school year. Also, accepted the resignation of Etzler as a school bus driver effective Aug. 11.
• Accepted the resignation of Brian Yenser as a junior high football coach for the 2014-15 school year and to approve him as a volunteer football coach for the same time.
• Adjusted the contract for Dan Bland as a junior high football coach to full salary for 2014-15.
• Offered one-year supplemental contracts for 2014-15 to the following certified personnel: Tom McCord, assistant HS football coach; Ryan Fisher junior high football coach; Bill Speller, weight room supervisor; Kerry Gudakunst, Washington, D.C. trip advisor.
• Offered one-year supplemental contracts for 2014-15 to the following classified personnel: Ann Olwin, girls faculty manager; Katy Scarbrough, JH/HS concession stand manager (50%); Jeanne Seffernick, junior class activities advisor, high school concession stand manager (50%) and junior high concession stand manager.
• Approved three-year administrative contract to Tony Langhals as director of students and staff effective Aug. 1; one-year limited contract for Amy Wannemacher as a Title I teacher at Divine Mercy School for 2014-15; one-year contracts to Camillia Kline as a bus driver effective Aug. 19, Kim Troth as an aide, Brandi Godoy as a part-time cook and a supplemental contract for Ken Speice as waste water treatment supervisor for 2014-15.
• Established the substitute pay rate for bus drivers at $14.22.
• Approved staff and student handbooks for the current school year.
• Commended the head custodians, groundskeepers and summer workers for preparing the school buildings and grounds for the upcoming school year, and Tim Baker and his summer crew for having all buses pass state inspection on the first inspection.
• Approved all bus routes for the school year and granted the superintendent authorization to adjust routes as necessary.
• Awarded milk bids to Arps Dairy and bakery bids to Nickols Bakery for the current school year.