Antwerp Local Schools’ superintendent Dr. Martin Miller told the school board, at its March 17 meeting, that the district is considering a new mission statement for the district. The proposed statement reads, “Inspire tomorrow’s leaders in creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication.”

The board also reviewed the district’s vision statement, which reads, “All students to graduate from our PK-12 educational facilities with 21st Century skills, knowledge, and behaviors that will enable them to successfully participate in the global economy as productive citizens. Ultimately, all students will graduate well prepared for success.”

The board accepted several donations to the new Innovation and Aquaponics Center (see related article). The first is a $40,000 anonymous donation. The Paulding County Master Gardener Volunteers donated $170 to help with the purchase of plants, soil and fertilizer for the greenhouse, so that students will be able to use the center at the start of the school year.

The board also approved a three-year contract with Kyle Zartman, as Innovation and Aquaponics Director for the 2022-23, 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years.

It also accepted the E-rate bid from X-Tek Partners for wireless access points, switches and cables for a cost of $115,304. E-rate will pay 60% of the cost, while the district will be responsible for the remaining $46, 121.60.

The meeting opened with Miller recognizing Brooke and Hannah Molitor for their leadership in starting a gymnastics team at Antwerp. Miller presented each gymnast with a superintendent certificate and pin.

In her elementary school update, principal Tracey Stokes outlined testing dates. English and language arts state testing is scheduled for April 5-6 (grades 3-5). Math state testing is scheduled for April 12-13 (grades 3-5), and science state testing is April 26-27 (grade 5).

The school board also approved the following consent items:

• Approved the Western Buckeye Educational Service Center substitute list for the current month

• Approve Tina Kennedy as an after-school tutor for the 2021-22 school year

• Approve the following supplemental contracts for the 2022-23 school year: Drew Altimus, athletic director; Shelly Billman, assistant athletic director; Cord Ehrhart, cross country coach; Scott McMichael, boys’ golf coach; and Jason Hale, varsity football head coach

• Approved a one-year non-certified contract for Lynn Bute as part-time outside maintenance from April 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023

• Approved an overnight trip for Dr. Miller to Napa, CA for the District Administration Summit from March 23-25, 2022

• Approved the updated itinerary for the senior trip to Nashville and Gatlinburg, TN from March 22-26, 2022, to be supervised by Wade Sisson

• Approve NEOLA Policies 1520, 2271, 3120, 4120, 5772, 6110, 6114, 6325, 6423, 7217 and 8500

• Approved 2021-22 calendar update: May 19 is now a professional development day for staff with a teacher workday moved to May 20

The next Antwerp Local Schools Board meeting will be held April 21, at 6 p.m., in the Antwerp board room.