FORT JENNINGS — School board members were pleased to learn Wednesday Fort Jennings Local School are again rated “Excellent” on its Ohio Department of Education School Report Card.
The district met all 26 indicators, as well as the Annual Yearly Progress and Value-Added and rated a 103.2 on the Performance Index.
The board noted the challenges faced by the ODE with attendance questions from several districts in the Columbus area.
Superintendent Nick Langhals told the board he is interested to see how the ODE handles the school ratings next year.
“They were supposed to change the rating to a letter grade this year but the attendance-reporting scandal made that impossible,” he said. “Next year they are supposed to ge t a letter-grade rating. I have a problem with that. We don’t give our students one grade for the whole grading period; they get a grade in each class. I don’t know how fair it is to give districts one grade when there are 26 indicators.”
Treasurer Val Maag presented the district’s 5-year Forecast to be sent to the state by Oct. 31.
The “guess”timation shows the district with a balance of $447,113 on June 30, 2013; $302,405 on June 30, 2014; $84,944 on June 30, 2015; a negative $235,489 on June 30, 2016; and a negative $954,558 on June 30, 2017.
Langhals also gave an update on the school’s Race to the Top program.
“We had a Value-Added seminar two weeks ago and I am attending an ODE conference Nov. 1 and 2 in Columbus on Race to the Top,” he said.
The board accepted the resignation of varsity boys baseball coach Jeff Swick. Swick attended the meeting and told the board he was going to focus on his family and is now heading the “Hardball for ALS” fundraiser with 15-20 games coming up in April.
“I have been involved in Fort Jennings baseball in one way or the other for the last 25 years. I played, was a volunteer, an assistant coach, ACME coach and head coach. I hope the district has been pleased with my performance. This was a difficult decision,” he added.
Assistant baseball coach Jared Kleman also tendered his resignation as he has moved from the district.
Principal Kathy Verhoff gave her building report, noting fourth-graders are in Grand Rapids today on a Miami-Erie Canal field trip.
Students in Pre K-3 will have a chance to go through the Fire Safety Trailer from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday; teachers in grades K-8 will attend a seminar on curricular mapping Oct. 23-25; and parent/teacher conferences are Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 with students also on break Nov. 2.
Langhals reported on high school activities, noting the fall music concert is at 7 p.m. today; high school parent/teachers conferences are also Oct. 31 and Nov. 1; and the fall athletic banquet is on Nov. 5.
In other business, the board:
• Accepted donations of $1,000 from Bob and Diane Heitmeyer for the Blue Ribbon Incentive Program and $162.40 from Fort Jennings Boosters for playground equipment and supplies;
• Approved elementary and high school book bills;
• Approved the senior class trip to Washington, D.C., April 4-7;
• Approved Andrea Mead as girls varsity assistant basketball coach and Cora Kehres as girls junior high assistant basketball coach;
• Set graduation for 8 p.m. May 17; and
• Noted next week is School Bus Safety Week.
The November meeting has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14.
Editor’s note: Read about other local schools’ performance on the ODE Report Card in Friday’s Herald.