Steve Wilczynski of Fanning-Howey Architecture firm of Celina outlines the presentation the Delphos City School Board received Monday evening on the state’s district assessment. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
Steve Wilczynski of Fanning-Howey Architecture firm of Celina outlines the presentation the Delphos City School Board received Monday evening on the state’s district assessment. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
DELPHOS — Representatives from Fanning-Howey Architects from Celina gave their bid to assist the Delphos City School District with a bond issue to pay for needed upgrades or the replacement of district buildings suggested by a recent state assessment.

The assessment noted that while the buildings were outdated, they were structurally sound and could be renovated to bring them up to state standards.

Assessment areas included: heating system, roofing, air conditioning/ventilation, electrical systems, plumbing and fixtures, structure: walls and chimneys, structure: floors and roofs, general finishes, interior lighting, emergency/egress lighting, fire alarm, handicapped access, site condition, sewage system, water supply, exterior doors, hazardous materials, life safety, loose furnishings, technology and construction contingency/non-construction cost.

Delphos City Schools is 424th on the list of 611 public school districts in Ohio according to wealth, putting them in the 70th percentile. This translates to a 70-30 split with the state for renovations and new builds. The district pays 70 percent.

The school board approved the assessment at no cost to the district with the understanding that the district would seek voter support to fund the projects resulting from the assessment.

Representatives from Garmann-Miller Architects gave a presentation at the May 15 special school board meeting.

A special school board meeting was called for 6 p.m. on June 25 to discuss choosing a pre-bond architect. The meeting is open to the public.

The State AIR Test results were released on June 4. Both Franklin and Landeck met all seven indicators by having an 80-percent or higher passage rate in each tested area.

“We met eight of eight last year. They dropped a Social Studies test for this year,” Principal Bob Hohlbein said. “It’s a combined effort from everyone: teachers, students and parents.”

At the middle school, five out of the eight State AIR Tests were passed this year, which is higher than the previous year which was four of eight and the year before, two of eight.

“This is a positive reflection of the hard work of the students and staff,” Principal Doug Westrick said.

High School Principal Chad Brinkman reported six of seven average scale scores for the high school end-of-year testing, which exceeded the state averages. Fifty percent of the Delphos Digital Academy students scored basic or high on their end-of-year tests.

“We are offering Summer School to give several students the opportunity for credit recovery as well,” Brinkman said.

Three new teachers will join the district roster. Trey Roney was hired as middle school math and science teacher, effective Aug. 1, with a 1-year contract; Jennifer Rope as high school science teacher effective for the 2018-19 school year with a 2-year contract; and Jacqueline Rex as high school intervention specialist effective for the 2018-19 school year with a 1-year contract.

New contracts were issued to Maureen Rentz, one year; and Josh Vasquez, three years, for the 2018-19 school year.

Supplemental contracts for the 2018-19 school year were approved for: Josiah Stober – senior class advisor; Jeff Rex – junior class advisor; Karissa Hoersten - freshman class advisor; Stephanie Ohtola – prom advisor; Stephanie Braun – yearbook advisor; Jacklyn Smith – head volleyball coach; Denise Lindeman – junior varsity girls’ basketball coach; and Kristi Hageman – junior varsity volleyball coach.

The board also accepted the following donations: $4,250 from K&M Tire to continue the Activate school grant for fitness for the multiple disabilities population; and $600 from the Franklin Parents Club for new classroom fans.

Upcoming student trips were approved, including June 19-21, Cheer Camp to Dennison University; and June 25-July 3 – FBLA National Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.