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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:05 AM


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DELPHOS — During the Monday night school board meeting, Treasurer Brad Rostorfer reported the Delphos City School District has received notice from the state regarding the amount of money spent on students in 2012 verses 2013. Monies appropriated for the District Federal Maintenance of Effort was $125,000 less than the previous year.

“We hired two teachers from Allen County,” Rostorfer said. “We also cut $700,000 out of the budget.”

The district is communicating with state officials to work out the issues.

Also in the works is a proposal to repair the west side of the middle school building above the girls’ restroom area. That work should begin in the near future.

“Instead of the Straight A Grant, we have decided to go another direction,” Rostorfer stated. “A teacher is putting together a technology grant.”

Delphos City Schools Superintendent Kevin Wolfe gave his report on Race to the Top.

“It’s been a quiet month and work has begun on Student Learning Outcomes (SLO),” Wolfe said. “Teachers have attended workshops in Allen County.

Wolfe said data collected from the SLOs will be submitted today and the team will meet with district representatives after school on Oct. 28 to discuss the next step in the program.

School principals Mark Fuerst, John Edinger and Doug Westrick have completed their five-minute walkthroughs and are now completing formal evaluations.

“In November, the team will participate in a training on the I.S. System,” Wolfe detailed. “It is an informative assessment which checks student’s growth.”

Wolfe also reported on enrollment numbers, which are as follows: high school, 328; middle school, 246; Franklin, 385; and Landeck with 127 for a total of 1,086 students, 18 less than last year. Open Enrollment numbers show 99 new students and 83 going out for a net of 16 students. In addition, there a currently 33 students attending Vantage Career Center.

Wolfe announced that school bus drivers will complete their annual emergency evacuation drill on Nov. 5 in the school parking lots.

The board approved hiring substitute teachers Kristi Gallmeier and Tori Metzger; sub cook Nicole Fetzer; sub aide Lori Hicks; sub bus driver John “Ted” Kerner; and instructional aide Kayla Dukes.

The board also recommended the approval of the Five-Year Forecast.

“It’s due to the state by the end of the month,” Rostorfer stated. “There were some minor changes with payment of workbooks, where one-half the workbooks are paid for from the general fund since the change in law.”

Members of the board approved students’ out of state FFA Trip to the National Convention in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 30 through Nov. 2.

“The students will miss two to three days of school, depending on their departure time on that Wednesday,” Wolfe said.

Supplemental contracts for head girls track coach Damon Ulm and seventh-grade girls basketball coach Larry “Bub” Lindeman were also approved by the board.

A new umbrella liability policy was approved, which will cover any school employee not specifically named on the policy.

“This policy took named positions handling money out of the previous policy,” Rostorfer stated. “It saved the district money.”

The next meeting will held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 11.

Last Updated on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 12:08 AM

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