|Jennings Music Director Warnecke re-hired|
|Thursday, February 20, 2014 9:24 PM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
FORT JENNINGS — Board members asked for public input on the re-employment of Rose Mary Warnecke, who has served as the director for both the music and choir programs for the school, during Thursday’s school board meeting.
There were no public concerns with Warnecke’s rehire and board members were pleased with the positive outcome of the session.
Elementary Principal Kathleen Verhoff reported on Music in Our Schools Month sponsored by the National Association for Music Education, which will take place in March.
“Rose Mary Warnecke and her fourth-grade class submitted a video which will be included in a concert video,” Verhoff said excitedly. “Everyone has the opportunity to view the video at musiced.naafme.org/concert and watch our school’s performance.”
Verhoff said the video that receives the most views by March 31 will receive a school ensemble recording package.
Also, coming up on March 13 is COSI on Wheels where “It’s Simply Chemistry” will be presented to elementary students.
“We would like to invite parents to volunteer time that day to assist with the event,” Verhoff explained. “Please call the school office for more information.”
Dean of Students Todd Hoehn commended all the students who participated in the County Science Fair. Eleven students received a Superior rating and included Adam Noriega, Rachael Luersman, Natalie Morman, Aaron Sealts, Marissa Krietemeyer, Makenna Ricker, Erin Eckholt, Kyle Maag, Michael Fields, Troy Ricker and Ryan Hoersten.
“These students will attend the Regional Science Fair at Northwest State Community College, which is a worldwide science fair, on March 1,” Hoehn said. “There are a lot of prizes and awards given out there.”
High School Principal Nicholas Langhals gave his report on Race to the Top and discussed The Ohio Teacher and Principal Evaluation Systems (eTPES), which is an online educator evaluation system for statewide use by Ohio districts and schools.
The system allows evaluators to collect and store growth and improvement plans and evidence and documented observations to determine educator performance based upon defined rubrics. Langhals also explained the Ohio IIS (Instructional Improvement System) Thinkgate which will enable teachers to accelerate and personalize the education experience by providing these tools: online access to curriculum and standards; curriculum customization; easy-to-use paper, online and clicker test administration options; data analysis and reporting capabilities; and a portfolio of every students’ work.
“It’s a student information site the state is rolling out,” Langhals said. “We’ve only had one training session, so far.”
Council accepted the following donations: $126 in receipts from poster boards donated by Drew Fields, $285 from Musketeer Athletic Boosters for baseball equipment, $35 from Delphos Publications and $250 each to the art department and to the band from Fort Jennings Boosters.
The board approved the real estate tax advances of $100,000 in January and $90,000 in February and amending estimated receipts/appropriations where the receipts were greater than anticipated revenues, less than anticipated revenues or not included in the original budget.
In addition, members made a motion accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the Budget Commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the County Auditor.
Members discussed and approved of the use of the school kitchen for the band dinner fundraiser scheduled from 4-6 p.m. on April 6 and utilizing Northwest Ohio Area Computer Services (NOACSC) as the school’s Internet provider.
Langhals said NOACSC, who are out of Lima, provides the school with their Internet and the majority of the schools use them as their provider.
Members also recommended Rob Warnecke as a volunteer assistant for the school’s track program.
The next school board meeting will be held in the school library at 7:30 p.m. on March 19.