Van Wert Elementary Principal Justin Krogman speaks to the Board of Education. (DHI Media/Sherry Missler)
A presentation by Justin Krogman and fourth grade teachers led off the February meeting of the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education on Wednesday. Krogman spoke on something new in fourth grade this year on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons called culture time. He described it as "teaching real life lessons." Much of it has been based on Coach John Wooden's Pyramid of Success.
Superintendent Vicki Brunn addressed the topic of EdChoice. She began by saying she was impressed that the Senate took the time to listen before making a decision. She said that she was unsure as to how many people testified but added that there were 50 people who did the evening before she did and the session continued until 3 a.m. and another 75 who spoke the night she did. "It struck a nerve on both sides," she said. "We got there in time to listen to quite a few people speak on both sides of the issue," she continued, "and I think both sides are wanting the same thing. I see this as the government pitting us against each other."
She told the Board that superintendents are not against private schools and education. However, Brunn said, "Where we are concerned is the fact that the state is funding the voucher system based on performance and a flawed measure of performance in order to take our funding and give it to a private school." She added that the private schools are not held to same standards as the public schools. "We're just asking for a level playing field," she said, "and for the state to pay for the vouchers if they are going to get out vouchers instead of giving away our funding." She concluded by saying that the House and Senate are currently at an impasse on EdChoice and Gov. Mike DeWine is getting involved.
Van Wert City Schools Superintendent Vicki Brunn addressed the Board of Education during Wednesday's meeting. (DHI Media/Sherry Missler)
In other business, the Board:
Approved Phase One of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center Annex Project.
Appointed Tom Losh as Board Representative to the District Safety Committee.
Accepted the resignations of Ed Wells, Bus Maintenance Supervisor; Mark Collins, Elementary School Guidance Counselor; Solomon O’Kang, High School Girls Head Soccer Coach; and Martha Martin, Assistant Boys/Girls Swimming & Diving Coach.
Approved awarding supplemental contracts to Scott Bigham as a High School Junior Varsity Softball Coach, Tom Baer as a Middle School Athletic Coordinator, Darla Dunlap as a Middle School Athletic Coordinator, Katie Peterson - High School Girls Tennis, and Matt Miller - High School Girls Soccer.
Approved a leave of absence for Danae Leaser, Speech-Language Pathologist.
Approved Brian Bollenbacher as a High School Junior Varsity Volunteer Coach.
Authorized membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for Van Wert High School and Middle School.
Approved Family and Children First Administrative Agent Contract for the two-year period beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2022.
Authorized Family and Children First to prepare and submit FY 2020 and FY 2021 Multi-System Youth Technical Assistance through the Ohio Department of Medicaid.
Authorized the treasurer to establish a separate Family and Children First fund and special cost center to track the transactions for the Multi-System Youth Technical Assistance Fund.
The Board was informed that Melissa Bloomfield, Sarah Holliday, and Alison Springer were all advanced to Masters on the pay scale.
Accepted a grant of $8,500 from Eaton Corp. Charitable Fund to Van Wert Elementary School to be used for Wellness and Literacy.
Acknowledged a number of charitable groups, entities, and individuals for donations to the Van Wert City Schools.
The next scheduled meeting of the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education will be Wednesday, March 25 beginning at 5 p.m. in the First Federal Lecture Hall at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.
Original article courtesy of the Times Bulletin