|Schimmoeller addresses speed limit issue with BOE|
|Thursday, February 20, 2014 9:22 PM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
John Schimmoeller, owner of property on the south side of U.S. 224 across from Ottoville Local Schools, addressed the school board Thursday with a proposal, saying he was willing to fund a traffic study to see if the speed limit could be reduced to 35 mph with the exception of the school hours.
Currently, the speed limit is 55 mph except on school days from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the speed limit is 20 mph.
“I’m not sure yet what I’m going to do with the property but the front portion of the property from the road to 300 feet in will be zoned commercial and annexed into the village,” Schimmoeller said. “I thought, like many people did, that the speed limit in the westbound lane of U.S. 224 in front of the school was 35 miles per hour outside of the school day and it is not. Both sides are 55 mph until you get to the village limits.”
Schimmoeller added that he had contacted the Ohio Department of Transportation and without any further effort from the school, village or himself, the speed limit will not be changed.
Schimmoeller said he needed a letter of support from the school board to include with other paperwork necessary to petition to lower the speed limit from Road 29-Q to the Auglaize River bridge at the village park.
Civil Engineer Greg Bockrath of Bockrath & Associates accompanied Schimmoeller to the meeting and said his office was willing to do the traffic survey.
Board President Kevin Landin said the board would pass along a sample letter of support, if one could be provided, to the Ohio School Boards Association to see if it’s an appropriate thing for the district to do. He told Schimmoeller and Bockrath the board would have a decision at the next meeting on March 19.
Superintendent Scott Mangas informed the board of Title I teacher Linda Kaufman’s intent to take advantage of the school’s “Victory Lap” program and retire and rehire in part-time capacity in the Title I program.
“Linda will come back part-time three days a week,” Mangas said. “Our Title I monies have been cut and so there are not enough funds to have her come back full time.”
A public hearing on the issue will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 20.
Technology Coordinator Shelley Mumaw presented the district’s contract with NOACSC for the school’s Internet access and various software, including EMIS reporting, Dazzle, Gradebook, Infohio for the library and Air Watch for iPads. The cost is $36,218, payable in two equal payments throughout the year.
The board accepted the following donations:
• $814.60 — General Mills – Box Top for Education Program;
• $ 700 — Scholarship America – Mr. Verhoff;
• $ 500 — CHP – Impact Testing Reimbursement;
• $ 145 — Erin Gudakunst – auditeria rental;
• $ 150 — Wright State University – third-grade student teacher;
• $ 35 — The Delphos Herald – Kids Design an Ad; and
• $10,555 — Big Green Athletic Boosters.
High School Principal John Thorbahn gave his report, which included an update on the students participating in the County Science Fair in Glandorf earlier in the month.
The school garnered four perfect scores with Brittany Schleeter, Brendan Siefker, Clayton Schnipke and Kasey Knippen; a Superior rating from Kambrie Edelbrock, Behavior and Social Sciences; Clayton Schnipke and Jaden Schnipke, Physics; Kara Landin, Botany; Knippen and Abigail Hilvers, Environmental Sciences; and Schleeter, Siefker, Cassandra Kemper and Quinley Schlagbaum, Medicine/Health. Schleeter and Siefker also won sponsored awards in Chemistry and Dental, respectively; Hilvers in Environmental; Schlagbaum in Medical; Andy Schimmoeller, Physiology/Human Health; and Schleeter, Advanced Scientist Challenge.
Thorbahn also announced student Rebecca Violet will participate in the FCCLA Regional Rally on March 1. Violet has completed her STAR project and will compete in Career Investigation.
Mangas reported there were 36 kindergartners signed up for the upcoming screening on March 12.
Mangas also said he was watching the state legislation to see what was going to happen with calamity days. Ottoville has already made up two days and has an additional four to schedule.
In other business, the board:
• Issued a one-year supplemental limited contract to Andrea Wertenberger as head varsity volleyball coach with nine years of experience;
• Congratulated students Elizabeth Luersman, Kelsey Miller, Ryan Kimmet, Rebecca Violet, Ryan Kemper, Cody Kemper, Maizee Brinkman and Tim Feasel for acceptance into the All-County Band and Choir. Kemper has also made the Ohio Music Education Association District 3 Honors Choir; he is a three-year member;
• Congratulated all 2014 Homecoming Attendees and to thank all of those involved with the Homecoming activities;
• Approved the Big Green Athletic Boosters to use the school facilities for its annual fifth- and sixth-grade basketball tournament which runs March 28-30.