|Elida BOE focuses on student achievement|
|Tuesday, December 17, 2013 9:29 PM|
BY CYNTHIA YAHNA
ELIDA — Elida’s board of education was a meeting filled with achievements, accolades, approvals and special moments.
Honors and achievements were recognized by Brenda Stocker for the students of the month. Those students receiving the awards were:
• Elida Elementary School – Tarin Gray, Amaria Hardaway and Seth Sharp;
• Elida Middle School – Jacob Hedlund, Nevaeh Vorhees, Baylie Moening and Jacob Taylor;
• Elida High School – Megan Long, Josh Bull, Lauren Bull and Elizabeth White; and
• Rachel Love, selected as Apollo’s student of the month.
A discussion about Elida’s responsibility to appoint a member to the Apollo Career Center Board of Education followed.
The board is comprised of members appointed by each participating school district in accordance with the joint vocational school district/career-technical education plan submitted to the state board of education. Elida is a participating school district entitled to appoint a member to the Apollo board.
Board member Pat Schymanski reported the accomplishments and other news directly related to the students.
The Ohio music education association District 3 held auditions for honors band and jazz band. Elida’s high school band members participated and were chosen to be part of a 3 p.m. Jan. 19 performance at Van Wert’s Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Those chosen were Austin Awalt, Brennan Swick and Eric Anthony.
Congratulations were given to the Elida FFA class. They participated in a mock meeting competition. Chosen students consisted of four different teams and all placed high rankings out of 5-7 schools.
Elida junior Kevin Barber has earned his Eagle Scout rank. His project was to remodel the Salvation Army music store. To complete this project, he raised $1,250 in donations and along with his troop spent more than 1,100 hours installing new lighting, shelving, repairing and reorganizing the music area.
Dylan Bryan won a trophy from the Ohio Department of Agriculture for a previously submitted essay.
Staff and students are having their penny Christmas collection for a needy family with a pizza party and prizes for the class collecting the most pennies.
The board also recognized the out-going board members with plaques and a big thank you for their dedication and service. The board members whose term has expired are Brian Anders, Dennis Fricke and Sally Ulrich.
Mrs. Ulrich wanted to give a good-bye letter and it was read by Stocker. Some highlights of the letter from Mrs. Ulrich:
“In all the years I’ve been on the board no one has ever written a goodbye letter but I hope you will allow me to. Being a board member has given me so many opportunities and so much joy I can’t even tell you all of these. Before I ran for the board of education I was very involved in the elementary and middle school PTO’s. And, only a few of you will remember I established the ‘Hell no we won’t go to Gomer’ group. We had many parents who joined our group and we even marched in the Homecoming Parade. I thought this was the craziest idea to send the fourth- and fifth-graders clear out to Gomer and I went to the school board when they were thinking of the move and told them so.
“The next fall my daughter Katie went to Gomer for fifth grade and absolutely loved it. This move was truly a success and I went to the board meeting that fall and told them I was wrong and how wonderful it was. As I have been thinking back on these last 12 years, I have had a lot of good and a few bad memories. School levies being voted down were terrible, but when we finally passed the new high school, it was truly a highlight of being a board member. The ceremony when we turned over the dirt was so exciting and walking into the new high school the first day of school will always be a wonderful memory for me. I was on the grand piano committee and the auditorium committee and no one was smiling bigger than me the day of the auditorium dedication.
“My husband Jack made hundreds of mouse pads and coffee mugs of the old and new high school, which we donated the proceeds to the piano fund. This was truly a successful fundraiser, and one we are both proud of.
“There are two days each year that are the best. First day of school when you see all those happy faces entering, eager to meet their teachers and to learn. The second is graduation day, seeing thousands of students receive their diplomas is wonderful.
“I have had great mentors and friends on the board, including Nancy Curry and Dave Smith, they worked with me to become a good board member.
“In closing, I would like to thank the Elida community for giving me this opportunity to serve the students and parents these last 12 years.”
“I will always be there for the Elida school district, and he bleeds orange and black,” Fricke said.
Superintendent Don Diglia said the school appreciates the service they have given to the Elida schools.
In other action, the board approved:
• Setting the organizational meeting at 5 p.m. on Jan 8 in the central office conference room, 4380 Sunnydale;
• Appointing president pro tempore Stocker; and
The next board meeting will be held on at 7 p.m. Jan. 21.