The construction phase of the new Career Connection Center at Jefferson High School is complete. The flooring is being done this week and next is the soft furnishing such as desks, chairs, etc. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
The construction phase of the new Career Connection Center at Jefferson High School is complete. The flooring is being done this week and next is the soft furnishing such as desks, chairs, etc. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
DELPHOS — The Career Connections Center at Jefferson High School is still on schedule for a grand opening in March.

According to Superintendent Kevin Wolfe, the construction phase is complete with flooring being finished this week.

“The next step is to get the soft furnishings in there like desks, chairs, the different stations, etc.,” he said. “The solar panels are already online and creating energy. We received a notice from American Electric Power that we are being credited for the electricity they generate.”

A resolution to submit the ballot language for the district’s renewal request of a 5.5-mill current operating expenses levy on May 2 ballot was approved. The levy, first approved in 1992, generates $667,000 for the General Fund.

Treasurer Brad Rostorfer said the passage of the levy is necessary for the financial health of the district.

“We need the money and we are at the 21-mill floor of local funding measures required by the state,” Rostorfer said. “If it doesn’t pass, people wouldn’t see a noticeable drop in their property taxes, but we would see a marked reduction in commercial and industrial taxes.”

It’s now official. The board accepted the resignation of Chris Sommers as varsity football coach. Sommers had told his players last week he would not be returning to coach this coming fall. A contract to hire Sommers as varsity football coach in Spencerville Local Schools is on their agenda for this evening.

“We want to thank Chris for the three years he was here,” Wolfe added.

The board also accepted a $3,335 donation from the Delphos Eagles Aerie 471. The school has received almost $15,000 in donations from the Eagles in the past three years.

“These are really nice donations,” Wolfe explained. “They are used directly for the students and usually go through the principal funds.”

Spring coaching supplemental were approved as follows: Ben Rahrig, junior high girls track coach; Bub Lindeman, junior high boys track coach; Roger Arroyo and Eric Wallace, split assistant varsity track coaches; Mandy Wrasman and Kristi Hageman, split junior varsity softball coaches; and Luke Tavino, volunteer baseball coach.

Wolfe also presented school board members with certificates honoring their service and noted January is School Board Appreciation Month.

Prior to the regular school board meeting, the board held its annual organizational meeting to elect a president and vice president, to assign members to committees and set the time, date and place for the 2017 school board meetings.

Joe Rode will serve as board president and legislative liaison; Andy North will serve as vice president and student liaison; and meetings will be held at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the Administrative Building.

The Finance Committee will consist of the board president and vice president, the superintendent and the treasurer and meet at 7 p.m. the Wednesday before the second Monday in the Administrative Building with all board members and the public welcome in February, April, May, August, October and November.

The Policy/Curriculum Committee will consist of the same four with all board members and the public welcome at 7 p.m. the Wednesday before the second Monday in the Administrative Building with all board members and the public welcome in March, June, September and December.

The Buildings and Grounds Committee consists of board member Terrence Keaser and Brent Gable and the superintendent and meets as needed.

In other action during the organizational meeting, the board:

• Appointed the superintendent as the purchasing agent and set the spending limit at $24,999;

• Authorized the treasurer to pay invoices as they become due, invest un-used funds, re-appropriate funds and request advance draws as needed; and

• Designated WDOH, The Delphos Herald and the Delphos City Schools website as official news outlets for the board of education to inform the public of special sessions.