Van Wert Superintendent Mark Bagley gives his report during Wednesday's Board of Education meeting. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
During Wednesday's regular Board of Education meeting, Van Wert Superintendent Mark Bagley gave an update regarding the district's response to COVID-19. Recently, area teachers got the opportunity to be vaccinated.
"We had over 200 people vaccinated in two hours," said Bagley of last week's school vaccine clinic for teachers and staff. Bagley noted that he was pleased with the number of staff that opted to receive the vaccine and said that it's one more tool in helping school districts "get back to normal." "The faster we get back to normal, the faster we're going to do our jobs better."
The next vaccine clinic for second doses will take place Friday, March 12.
Bagley also explained that COVID cases in the schools have declined. Van Wert was averaging around 10 positive cases a week, but they are currently only experiencing one or two.
"As far as COVID right now in the schools, we're seeing a huge drop in our numbers," said Bagley. "Our quarantines are about 15 right now. We're seeing a drop in that."
Throughout the start of the school year, Van Wert has utilized some remote learning days. March 12 is the next planned one. Bagley said each school year a number of calamity days are built into the schedule to allow for weather days. The district recently used a few calamity days for snow that hit the area of the past two weeks.
“The first five (days) are essentially free," said Bagley. "Days 6-9 are very unique to Van Wert City Schools. From 10-3 our staff [does] professional development. On day 10 we’ll be remote with the exact same time frame of 10-3.”
Also during his report, Bagley noted that spring testing will take place, but there may be some flexibility. During a recent press conference, Gov. Mike DeWine noted that data from the tests are useful, but under the circumstances, schools should not be graded on test scores this year.
In other business, the Board made the following motions:
- Accepted the resignation of Becky Scheidt, High School Paraprofessional.
- Approved Rick Allen as Head High School/Middle School Custodian/Maintenance Worker, effective May 3, 2021.
- Accepted the supplemental contract resignation from Melissa Bloomfield, School Plays-Plays Director.
- Accepted the supplemental coaching contract resignation from Bill Steinecker, JV Softball Coach (.5).
- Approved Thomas Leiendecker as Custodial/Cleaning Worker (ECC and High School/MiddleSchool), effective Feb. 25, 2021.
- Approved Debbie Pollock as Early Childhood Center Secretary, effective Feb. 25, 2021.
- Approved a supplemental contract for Kateri Steinecker as JV Softball Coach (.5).
- Approved Bill Steinecker as a volunteer Assistant Softball Coach.
- Approved Gage Chiles as a volunteer Assistant Track Coach.
- Approved a Lease Agreement between the City of Van Wert and the Board of Education of the Van Wert City School District for the setting up, display, and tearing down of 4th of July 2021 fireworks on the High School Campus for the community’s enjoyment.
- Acknowledged several donations including $10,000 from Northwest Ohio Welch Trophy for the Athletic Department; $6,500 for YMCA rental fees for the swim team, $1,200 for All-Sports weight lifting program, $2,500 for installation of NFHS cameras, and $6,500 for football state championship rings all from the Athletic Booster Club; and $4,000 from Honda for middle school robotics.
With no further business, the Board motioned to adjourn. The next Van Wert City Schools Board of Education meeting is set for March 24 at 5 p.m. in the First Federal Lecture Hall at the NPAC.
Original article courtesy of the Times Bulletin