|School board recognizes student for participation in Sister Cities Association|
|Thursday, February 20, 2014 9:25 PM|
BY CYNTHIA YAHNA
SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville High School student India Miller was presented with a certificate from the board of education Thursday evening, recognizing her achievement of being selected to participate in the Lima’s Sister Cities Association program and receiving a $500 scholarship.
Miller will leave for Harima-cho, Japan, on June 12 and stay for a week with a host family.
“We can email and skype the family before we travel to Japan,” Miller said. “I have been told that they will take you to baseball games, do karaoke and concerts. The city will throw a party for all the students in this program. I have been told the Japanese know more English than we do, so it will be a game of charades for us and we need to be able to laugh at ourselves.”
Lima’s Sister Cities Association was formed in 1995 to establish sister city relationships with one or more foreign cities to promote greater understanding and appreciation for diverse cultures and to celebrate Lima’s growing participation in a global community.
Through the exchange of information, the development of personal relationships among representatives of the cities and wide public attention to the culture and economy of her sister cities, Lima aims to foster a bond between these cities that extends across the full social, racial and economic spectrum of the community.
Lima Sister Cities is a volunteer membership association designed to embrace individuals and organizations with international interests in the community.
Elementary Susan Wagner reported many staff members have participated in first aid/CPR training for the emergency Triage.
In other action, the board:
— Employed extra-curricular personnel, including junior varsity coaches for softball and middle school — Randy Taylor, Ed Shumate, Lori Schwartz, Jason Henline and Chuck Mulholland; track assistants — Brian McMichael, Rick Orr and Tim Wilson; middle school girls track — Kathy Goecke; and middle school boys track — Shane Strausbaugh;
— Approved volunteers for softball: Alyssa Mulholland and Brian Moorman; and baseball: Adam Kraning, Doug Stetler and Levi Krouskop;
— Accepted of donations totaling $4,020;
— Approved the use of athletic facilities for the Northwest District Athletic Board to hold district track meet on May 22 and May 24;
— Approved the Spencerville Chamber of Commerce to use facilities for the annual fireworks display for June 28 with a rain date for June 29;
— Contracted with the Allen County Educational Service Center for a school psychologist, special education supervisor, speech therapist, curriculum supervisor, gifted education resource teacher, work study coordinator, multiple-handicapped services and severe behavioral handicapped services for the 2014-15 school year;
— Gave authorization to hire needed persons to work OHSAA tournaments held in the district;
— Accepted funds for resident educator;
— Employed custodian Tyler Koenig, effective Feb. 2, for 16 months;
— Employed custodial personnel on as-needed basis for the 2013-14 school year; and
— Approved Tyler Koenig for athletic custodian employment for middle school basketball.
The board of education retired to executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel (employment with public employees or regulated individuals).