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Monday, January 13, 2014 9:00 PM


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FORT JENNINGS — Newly appointed Fort Jennings School Board member Eva Von Sossan was sworn in during Monday nights meeting in the school’s library. She and Tim Fitzpatrick are the newest members to join the ranks and each will serve a term of two years.

Members also approved the 2014-15 Alternative Tax Budget Information, which President Karl Schimmoeller explained was the amount of money the school is collecting.

“It’s the amount in the General Fund based off the 5-year Forecast,” Treasurer Valerie Maag detailed. “It is only an estimate.”

Donations accepted by the board included $126 from poster boards donated by Drew Fields and $1,311 from the General Mills Box Tops Program to the Elementary Activities Fund.

Members discussed the 2014-15 school calendar, which High School Principal Nicholas Langhals said could change.

“It’s similar to this year’s calendar,” Langhals said. “The biggest change could be in the laws regarding calamity days.”

Two resolutions were also passed, one of which authorized Langhals to represent the Jennings Local School District by attendance at appropriately called meetings such as the Ohio Department of Education, Vantage Meetings, Ohio School Net and Equity and Adequacy meetings, among others.

The second resolution authorized Maag to represent the Jennings Local School District by attendance at appropriately called meetings of the Ohio Department of Education, Putnam County Treasurers and Vantage Vocational School Treasurers, among others.

Langhals explained that all is going well with Race to the Top.

“This morning, our team will have a meeting to discuss the IIS Thinkgate software,” Langhals detailed. “We will discuss who will be trained on the student information-oriented software, which allows us to track student progress, pull test questions and has many useful tools.”

Thinkgate’s software connects educators with information through integrated performance-management tools, giving teachers and administrators better information when and where they need it most through an “app-like” interface, or dashboard, which does not require a lot of training.

The next meeting will be held in the school library at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 19. The public is welcome to attend.

Last Updated on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 9:20 PM

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