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Thursday, December 20, 2012 4:49 PM

FORT JENNINGS — Fort Jennings School District parent Brian Altenburger addressed school safety concerns with school board members at Wednesday’s meeting. His issue was that the entryway doors are not locked in the morning between the hours of 8:15-11:15 a.m. when pre-school begins and ends.

“In light of the recent school shootings,” Altenburger took a serious tone, “I’m very concerned that when I drop my son off at pre-school, the doors are not locked.”

Principal Nicholas Langhals spoke on the school’s policies and safety mechanisms currently in place.

“The systems are on timers. Our two front doors, which have the windows to see visitors at the entryway, are monitored by the secretaries,” Langhals elaborated. “The doors are not locked because some of the kids need assistance getting through the doors.”

Langhals discussed the progress the school has made with the A.L.i.C.E. [Alert-Lockdown-inform-Counter-Evacuate] training program.

“We had our teacher in-service on Nov. 14, went through the training program—lock- down drills— and developed a new safety plan,” Langhals emphasized new safety procedures. “Each classroom now has safety bags.”

In financial business, the board accepted the following donations: $5,103 from FJ Activity Boosters to the Band Trip Fund; $500 from the Luersman Brothers to the Cheer Fund; $1,371 from the Musketeer Athletic Boosters for an athletic tent; $50 to the Building Fund in memory of Irene Schnipke; $83 to the Student Council from the Poinsettia Fundraiser; and $55 receipts from poster boards donated by Drew Fields.

In addition, the members approved the donation of children’s books from Jaret and Alexandra Maag, as well as books donated to the library from the elementary teachers in memory of Clyde “Jay” McKanna.

Old business included commending eight students newly-inducted into the National Honor Society on Dec. 6 and motions to join both the OSBA and Small School District Advisory Committee for 2013 were also passed.

Adoption of a calendar for the 2013-14 school year was at the top of the board’s new business agenda. Principal Langhals described the combined effort of the school communities to synch schedules ensuring uninterrupted bus services for students in Ottoville, Ottawa-Glandorf and Fort Jennings.

Other informational items included updates on Race to the Top, where the paperwork for the grant is in progress. The school is focusing on principal evaluations for the elementary and high school for this round of the four-year federal program.

There was also an open item from the assessment of the storm damage in June of this year. The gym sustained water damage in an area at the baseline [the area underneath the basket] and was tested for moisture content by a business out of the Columbus area, who will provide an estimate for repairs. Damages to the gutters, trim, roof cap and facia have all been repaired.

The Reorganizational Meeting, followed by the regular monthly meeting, will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 14.


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