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Monday, December 09, 2013 9:00 PM


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DELPHOS — Out-going Delphos City Schools Board of Education members Perry Wiltsie, John Klausing and George Mox reflected on their experiences, relationships and appreciation for the administration, teachers and students at Monday’s meeting.

“Although I’ve only been here a couple of years, I appreciate Perry and John, the tough calls they had to make,” Mox stated. “I have learned a lot and appreciate what the teachers and administration have done for the district.”

“I want to thank you (the board members) for eight years,” Klausing said. “All the guidance from Frank Sukup, John Edinger and Mark Fuerst; keeping everything moving forward.”

“I want to thank the people for having the trust in me for voting me in, not once but twice,” Wiltsie said. “The leadership from the administration through the staff, who have overcome some of the decisions we had to make. We have all paid a price.”

Treasurer Brad Rostorfer explained the committee has been working on processing the copier contract and said a decision will be made soon. Rostorfer said at present time, the district is contracted with Allied of Lima, who is ensuring the buildings’ asbestos compliance. In addition, the athletic fund has seen a large increase from sporting event admissions.

Superintendent Kevin Wolfe reported on Race to the Top and said that the SLO (Student Learning Outcome) Committee has completed evaluating student objectives.

“Revisions are complete and changes have been approved,” Wolfe explained.

Wolfe said that the formative assessments — or short cycle testing — for elementary and grade school students have also been completed.

Wolfe also extended a “Thank You” to the Dienstberger Foundation for awarding a generous donation of $45,000 to the Delphos City School District.

“The donation will be used for instructional practices and technology programs,” Wolfe explained.

In new business, it was recommended the board amend the 125 Flexible Benefit Plan, which allows a carry-over of $500. Rostorfer explained that a new law took effect in October that allows school employees to take tax-free deductions from their checks and use it for medical supplies they may need. The past option was to use it all in one year’s time with a 90-day grace period after the first of the year. With the new law, employees can carry over up to $500 from one year to the next.

“Someone could plan if they knew they had medical bills coming up in the next year,” Wiltsie said.

“We want to give them every opportunity to protect their money,” Rostorfer detailed.

The board appointed Jane Rutledge to the Delphos Public Library Board of Trustees for a term of seven years to expire Dec. 31, 2020.

“This is a reappointment,” Rostorfer explained. “Jane has served since 1987 and seven members rotate. Jane serves as secretary.”

The board approved Matt Gerdeman as a volunteer boys basketball coach and accepted the resignations of both assistant high school football coaches Damon Ulm and Jeff Stant. In addition, members accepted the resignation of high school Spanish teacher Kathy Ulrich at the end of the 2013/14 school year.

Spanish Teacher Kathy Ulrich is resigning for retirement purposes.

“We want to thank her for her 35 years of teaching,” Wolfe said.

“We’ll be posting for a new Spanish teacher?” board member Joe Rode asked.

“We have to rehire,” Wolfe said. “There are 90 or so kids and only one Spanish class.”

Wiltsie closed the meeting by thanking the incoming board members for stepping up and taking the opportunity to learn a lot of new things (about the school district).

“If we can help you in any way, please give us a phone call,” Wiltsie added.

Rode was elected President Pro-Temp to serve until a president can be elected between Jan. 1-13.

The next council meeting, which will take place one-half hour early for the swearing in of new members and the annual organizational meeting, will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13 in the administrative building.

Last Updated on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 9:16 PM

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