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DELPHOS — Cotterman Co., Inc., of Minster was approved by the Delphos City School Board on Monday to perform work on the Jefferson High School roof this summer.

Three sections of the roof will need to be reattached and a fleece-backed overlay will cover the entire roof.

Cotterman won the project with a bid of $271,699 and was one of four bidders for the described work. Richland Co. and Assoc. bid $298,300; E. Lee Construction bid $279,960 with an alternate overlay product; and Royal West bid $459,000.

The fleece-backed overlay has a 20-year warranty and is guaranteed for up to 80-mph winds.

Interim Superintendent Frank Sukup added that the water line at the high school is being dug up and replaced this week, hopefully eliminating water line breaks like the school experienced this past school year.

Treasurer Brad Rostorfer said he would inform Cotterman their bid was accepted today and he expected the work to start shortly thereafter.

A long-time veteran educator and administrator’s retirement was accepted by the board Monday. Jefferson Middle School Principal Terry Moreo’s last day with the district will be June 30. Moreo has spent the past 36 years in education with his first year as a substitute teacher at Jefferson High School in 1977. He then served as industrial technology instructor at Montpelier Exempted Schools for a year; served three years at Hicksville as assistant principal; a year at Vantage as vocational electrical instructor; and then settled in the Delphos City School District in 1984 as Landeck Principal. He moved to principal at Franklin in 1990 and then Jefferson Middle School in 1995, where he has served ever since. Moreo was also the district’s special education officer.

The positions of cafeteria manager (six hours per day) and cafeteria manager assistant ($1 per month) were eliminated by unanimous vote. Rostorfer said the elimination of the positions wasn’t necessarily a cost-saving measure but due to an improvement in procedure. Head cooks at each building will be given additional hours to take on added responsibilities left by the eliminated positions.

The district also received a federally-funded Cafeteria Expansion Grant to purchase additional software service from Meals Plus Program, which provides the school buildings with electronic lunch tickets. Rostorfer said the new services will help with the increase in free- and reduced-lunch students.

Keith Gudakunst was employed as middle school science and math teacher. According to Sukup, after the retirement of Laura Obsurn and the subsequent internal movements, this was the remaining position. Gudakunst comes to the district with nine years of experience and finished this school year at Ada.

The board also retained Sukup on an as-needed basis from June 1 through July 1. By law, the district must have an acting superintendent at all times and newly-elected Kevin Wolfe is still under contract at Ayersville.

An updated policy for the evaluation of staff was approved. The policy was formed by administrators and teachers. In line with the adoption of the new policy, the board approved a memorandum of understanding agreement to amend the current negotiated agreement with the Delphos Education Association, leaving all other parts of the agreement unchanged and in full effect.

Students and parents will notice a difference in the Athletic Handbook for the 2013-14 school year. A student found to be using tobacco, drugs and/or alcohol will be immediately removed from a sports team. This includes junior high and high school students. In the past, disciplinary measures included the student being suspended for a percentage of the sport’s season.

In other business, the board:

• Approved issuing supplemental contracts to Damon Ulm for assistant track coach for 2013; Matt Bullinger for junior varsity golf coach for 2014; and Jeff Rex, Science Club/Marine Biology advisor for 2014;

• Accepted the supplemental resignation of Josiah Stober for junior high boys basketball coach and from Stephanie Braun as junior class advisor and Prom coordinator; and

• Approved moving John Vennekotter to the Master’s column of the salary schedule to begin the 2013-14 school year.

Last Updated on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 12:27 AM

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