|Spencerville Schools ready for year with new mandates, staff|
|Friday, August 16, 2013 12:00 AM|
BY CYNTHIA YAHNA
SPENCERVILLE — Superintendent Joel Hatfield has been busy keeping up with all the new mandates and information from the state concerning education.
“We have in-service training and a new grade card will be implemented. The training will be conducted by the staff,” Hatfield said. “To be honest with you, it is better if staff does the training; it helps them to take ownership.”
Hatfield also announced an upcoming event. There will be an open teachers meeting at 8:15 p.m. Thursday with social time beginning at 7:45 p.m.
“This is where the new staff will be introduced and the board is welcome to come,” he said.
He also told the board that he wants to get the cracks taken care of on the east parking lot and will eventually need to look at the west parking lot but the east needs it more, he said.
“We also put in for a wider sidewalk to be handicapped accessible,” he added. “Hopefully, we will find money from the government.”
Also, inside painting has been completed and the bus garage has been re-striped.
The superintendent shared with the board the district Race to the Top representatives had an extensive meeting with the RttT Leadership Team, which lasted about four hours. New Allen County Curriculum Coordinator Sally Tatham was introduced.
“Sally brings a lot of experience and expertise to this position,” Hatfield said. “I think she is going to be tremendous.”
Hatfield also shared the results of his research into the substitute teacher pay schedule.
“I did some research … to see where we are with Allen County. We are competitive, so substitute teachers will want to come here. We are not the lowest,” Hatfield told the Board.
Board member Spencer Clum spoke about the Budget Bill and asked if his understanding that if a child is home-schooled they can still play sports and participate in band and other extra-curricular activities the school offers is correct.
Hatfield affirmed that understanding.
The state auditors will be in the school on Monday. The staff has prepared a special room for them for the annual audit.
It was reported Kim Sharp conducted a meeting Thursday for bus drivers. Sharp will perform bus routing duties for the 2013-14 school year.
The resignation of Scott Kayatin as varsity assistant wrestling coach was accepted. Kayatin is going to chiropractor school in New York.
Teacher mentors were approved and include Jeana Byer as mentor for Shane Strausbaugh and Jennifer Pugh as mentor for Barbie Mabry.
The Ohio School Boards Association Policy Manual Update Service was approved at a cost of $650.
In other business, the board approved:
— The revised treasurer salary schedule;
— Employment of Scott Gephart and Gayla Metzger as the OSHA/ADA compliance coordinators;
— Employment of Special Education Officer Dennis Fuge;
— Employment of Assistant Transportation Supervisor Scott Gephart;
— The bus-routing stipend for Sharp;
— The library monitor calendar and hours for the school years;
— The employment of teacher Shane Strausbaugh;
— Karen Swickrath and Melissa Prichard as color guard co-advisors for the 2013-2014 marching season; and
— The hiring of fall season custodial personnel.
The next meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Sept. 19.