Skip To Main Content

VWCS Board of Education Meeting: June 26, 2024

VWCS Board of Education Meeting: June 26, 2024

High School Principal Chuck Rollins recaps his first year as principal.


VAN WERT—The Van Wert Schools Board of Education took time to reflect on the previous school year at its meeting Wednesday night.

High School Principal Chuck Rollins presented observations of his first year as an administrator, overseeing 540 kids.

Rollins spent the majority of his educational career as a science teacher and found the transition to principal harder than he expected with multiple challenges he didn’t see as a teacher.

Rollins shared how tough the job was for him. “Some of the negative parts of my job that I’ve learned is managing people is hard, especially today. It seems like our culture has gotten very negative,” Rollins told the group. “People do not always have patience. I only get to talk to people when they’re really upset, mostly.”

Rollins came up with a list of positives and negatives that come with the job.

As for the positives:

  • My Admin team is AWESOME.
  • Leading the High School.
  • Helping students when they are in crisis.
  • Helping teachers.

As for the negatives Rollins has found:

  • Managing people is hard.
  • I typically only get to talk with people who are upset about something (Students, Teachers, Parents).
  • Daily schedule is dictated by events that come up at school.
  • Attending as many events as possible leaves not a lot of time for family.

Athletic Director Trent Temple also presented his look back at the 2023-2024 school year.

“In the fall, 87% of all athletes were scholar-athletes. In the winter it was is 77%, and then the spring, 82%. Not only are kids getting it done on the playing field or playing surface, but also getting it done in the classroom,” Temple said.

Nate Hoverman, the school’s track coach, recognized the hard work that went into being on the team.

“We started February 19 so if you want to think back to February and what the weather was like from February until about May, it was not great. These kids worked their tails off in the wind, in the rain, sometimes in the snow, sometimes when they don’t want to be there. That allowed us for the 21st straight year to qualify athletes in the state track competition,” Hoverman said.

In other business the board voted to:

Accept the resignation of Eli Alvarez from his position as high school paraprofessional, effective at the end of the 2023-2024 contract year.

Accept the resignation, due to retirement, of Rick Allen from his position as high school/middle school head custodian, effective December 27, 2024.

Accept the resignation, due to retirement, of Jill Wermer from her position as elementary school paraprofessional, effective January 6, 2025.

Approve Abi Bretz as a long-term substitute language arts teacher at Van Wert School at the Goedde, effective the 2024-2025 contract year.

Approve Avery Cowan as a 5th grade teacher, effective the 2024-2025 contract year.

Approve a one-year certified teacher contract for L. Paige Geradot (formerly a long-term substitute) as a high school intervention specialist, effective the 2024-2025 contract year.

Approve the 2024-2025 preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and high school handbooks.

Approve the Service Contract Agreement with Western Buckeye Educational Service Center for the 2024-2025 school year as presented.

Approve transfer of the ½ mill equalization payment for fiscal year 2024 as required by the Ohio School Facilities Commission for the Classroom Facilities Assistance Program from the Permanent Improvement Fund to the Classroom Facilities Maintenance Fund in the amount of $113,804.00.

Approve the Amended Official Certificate of Estimated Resources for fiscal year 2024.

Approve the amendments to the fiscal year 2024 Permanent Appropriations as presented.

Approve the Temporary Appropriations for fiscal year 2025.

Approve a memorandum of understanding with Defiance College for hosting teacher education candidates during the 2024-2025 school year.

Approve the Enterprise Zone Agreement for 100% tax exemption for a 15-year period with Alliance Automation, LLC and to waive the 45 day notification requirement.

Acknowledge several charitable groups, entities, and individuals for their generous donations to the Van Wert City Schools including: An anonymous donor gave $465.00 to the Middle School Renaissance Fund, a donation by Casey’s in the amount of $500.00 to Van Wert Middle School Activity Fund, a $250 donation by Danfoss Power Solutions to the Softball Fund, a $125 donation from Ayers Service Group, LLC to the Boys Basketball Fund, a $500 donation by Central Mutual Insurance Company to the Middle School STEM Fund, a $500 donation from First Federal of Van Wert to the Middle School STEM Fund, a donation of $875 by the Van Wert Area Boys Choir to to the Middle School Choir Fund, a $5,000 donation by Bob and Karlene Priest to the Eggerss Stadium Legacy Fund Handicap Landing fund.

Acknowledge notification from the City of Van Wert of a residential CRA application as presented: Verna Gillette & Anthony Landwehr, 300 N. Vine St., Van Wert.

The board went into executive session to discuss issues related to the employment of public personnel.

Van Wert Schools Board of Education will next meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24 in the First Federal Lecture Hall at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.


Article courtesy of the Times Bulletin.