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Members of school finance, facilities committees announced

By Beth Church
Newly-organized finance and facilities committees were presented to the Rossford Board of Education at its August 18 meeting.
“I called some individuals who had expressed concern,” Superintendent Dan Creps said. “I think it’s important that we listen.”
The superintendent selected committee members and created responsibilities and topics for their work.
Finance committee members are Mr. Creps, James Rossler Jr., school district treasurer; Megan Spangler, Glenwood Elementary principal; Jackie Brown, board member, and Kent Murphree, attorney.
The finance committee will meet every other month beginning September 15, at 5 p.m., or one hour before the start of the regular school board meetings.
Possible topics may include five-year financial forecast, real estate appropriation discussions, health care, and special education costs and how these costs impact budgeting.
Facilities committee members are Mr. Creps, Mr. Rossler, Ron Weaks, director of buildings and grounds; Jackie Huffman and Dawn Burks, board members; and district residents Ken Boggs, Scott and Amy Molnar and Mark Hamen.
Suggested meeting dates this year are September 22, October 13, November 10, December 8.
Topics for input may include maintenance and general facility needs, and review of collected information related to facilities.
Responsibilities will include:
•Review and provide recommendations to the school board on building maintenance and upkeep of facilities;
•Recommend to the finance committee any expenditures for facility maintenance or renovations;
•Review and provide input toward preventive maintenance program and any new construction projects;
•Review and provide input toward prioritizing facilities operating costs and examining options such as grants, state funding and others.
Mr. Creps said he wanted the committees to include members who live in the city and township.
He also noted that the public is welcome to attend the committee meetings.
Levy and Financial Cuts
In regard to the 4.49-mill, five-year operating levy on the November 4 ballot, Mr. Rossler cautioned the board that additional funds will be needed if the levy fails.
The levy would generate $1.8 million annually, costing the owner of a $100,000 home about $157.15 per year.
The treasurer said the levy will “keep operations solvent” for the next five years, if student enrollment does not grow.
If the levy is not approved by voters, he calculated that a 6.0-mill levy will be needed in 2015 to balance the budget.
Dick Goeke of Harbor Point Road asked the board if a plan could be created to schedule the financial cuts suggested in the recent state performance audit.
“I know you couldn’t do everything in there,” he said. “But you can eat away at it over a period of time. It would be nice to know you’re working toward that goal.”
Board member Dawn Burks said the board is planning to meet with an Ohio School Boards Association consultant to begin creating a strategic plan.
The school board last created a strategic plan in 2008, she added.
They scheduled the three-hour workshop for 6 p.m., Monday, September 22, to meet with the OSBA consultant.
Board member Beverly Koch asked if any decisions have been made about further consolidation of school buildings.
The board previously had discussed moving administrative offices and the gifted education program to Indian Hills–where classes no longer are offered–and closing the four smaller buildings where those offices are now located.
Board president Ken Sutter said Mr. Creps and Mr. Rossler are “looking into numbers” and the savings of the move.
In the meantime, Mr. Creps said the technology, and buildings and grounds employees have moved into Indian Hills.
The superintendent added that security will continue for the building.
Personnel Issues
Board members took the following action on personnel issues:
•Approved revised supplemental contracts for James Davis and Chris Jones, freshman football coaches, for $2,849 each, due to the addition of a third coach; and approved revised supplemental contracts for Daryl Igo, Jamie Clay, Troy Adams and Robert Abbey, assistant varsity football coaches, for $3,626 each, due to the addition of a sixth coach.
•Issued an exempt administrative one-year limited contract to Nancy Holleran, student information services liaison, effective August 25.
Mr. Creps said the position is not new, but Ms. Holleran is replacing Marlene Cervenec, who is retiring.
•Accepted resignations of classified personnel– William Zeller, playground aide at Eagle Point Elementary, effective August 15; Jacquelin Jurski, high school cook/cashier, effective August 18.
•Approved employment of classified personnel– Juanita Westdyk, crossing guard at Eagle Point, $14.27 per hour, effective August 20; Sue Taylor, educational aide at Eagle Point, $16.33 per hour, effective August 20; John Kerekes, special education van driver, $14.84 per hour for 3.5 hours per day, effective August 19.
•Accepted the resignation of Ryan DeMars, junior high football coach, effective August 5.
•Issued supplemental contracts for 2014-15 to Kellie Hawk, Katie Grinonneau and Kathy Herman, homebound tutors, $27.28 per hour; Kathy Herman, tutor (GradPoint), $27.28 per hour; Katie Grinonneau, Michael Krieger, Eric Nycz, Alison Salmon, Mike Batdorf and Kristin Pomorski, intervention assistance team, $27.28 per hour; Christine Price, Maria Pratt, Jaime Halka, Dawn Mikolas, Dianne Fuller and Eileen Christoffers, homebound tutors, $27.28 per hour; Jessica Mahr, Just Say No advisor, $777; Christine Price and Jessica Mahr, safety patrol, $583 each (prorated); Kristen Vargo, student council, $777; Maria Pratt, building technology representative, $2,720; Jaime Halka, running club, $777; Oliver Goss, assistant girls tennis coach, $1,943; Dave Roth, assistant football coach, $3,626 (prorated).
•Approved Dan (Bo) Evarts as a junior high cross-country volunteer for 2014-15.
•Approved the special education van driver job description.
Other Business
In other business, the school board:
•Entered into a cooperative agreement with Perrysburg Schools for transportation of public and non-public school students to these schools–CRC, Mary Immaculate, Maumee Valley Country Day, Notre Dame, St. Francis, St. John’s, St. Rose, St. Ursula, Toledo Christian, Trinity Lutheran, Grove Patterson, ALC West, Lake Elementary and Lake High School.
•Approved a resolution that in lieu of transportation, the board agrees to pay parents an amount per pupil, based on the cost of transporting children, to these schools–Montessori of Bowling Green, Monclova Christian Academy, Cardinal Stritch Kateri, Central Catholic, West Side Montessori, Emanuel Christian School, Toledo School for the Arts, St. Aloysius in Bowling Green and Toledo Islamic Academy.
•Adopted a resolution to declare it impractical to transport developmentally handicapped pupils attending approved classes outside the district and directing the superintendent to apply for special reimbursement for these students whose transportation is provided by other means.
•Entered into an agreement with the Ohio Schools Council for the 2014-15 Cooperative Purchasing Program.
•Entered into an agreement with the Wood County Juvenile Detention Center (JDC)/Juvenile Residential Center (JRC) of Northwest Ohio for their education option program for 2014-15.
•Entered into an agreement with the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center for vision impaired services and/or orientation and mobility services for 2014-15.
•Entered into an agreement with the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West for attendance and truancy services and home schooling services effective for 2014-15.
•Entered into an agreement with the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West for Classroom Instruction for Alternate Learning Center (ALC)-West campus and at large school improvement consultants effective for 2014-15.
•Entered into an agreement with the Wood County Educational Service Center for alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) on-site services for 2014-15.
The school board’s next regular meeting is at 6 p.m., Monday, September 15, in the Bulldog Center board room, 719 Dixie Highway. The meeting is open to the public. schools–MontessorGreen, Monclova Christian Academy, Cardinal Stritch Kateri, Central Catholic, West Side Montessori, Emanuel Christian School, Toledo School for the Arts, St. Aloysius in Bowling Green and Toledo Islamic Academy.
•Adopted a resolution to declare it impractical to transport developmentally handicapped pupils attending approved classes outside the district and directing the superintendent to apply for special reimbursement for these students whose transportation is provided by other means.
•Entered into an agreement with the Ohio Schools Council for the 2014-15 Cooperative Purchasing Program.
•Entered into an agreement with the Wood County Juvenile Detention Center (JDC)/Juvenile Residential Center (JRC) of Northwest Ohio for their education option program for 2014-15.
•Entered into an agreement with the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center for vision impaired services and/or orientation and mobility services for 2014-15.
•Entered into an agreement with the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West for attendance and truancy services and home schooling services effective for 2014-15.
•Entered into an agreement with the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West for Classroom Instruction for Alternate Learning Center (ALC)-West campus and at large school improvement consultants effective for 2014-15.
•Entered into an agreement with the Wood County Educational Service Center for alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) on-site services for 2014-15.
The school board’s next regular meeting is at 6 p.m., Monday, September 15, in the Bulldog Center board room, 719 Dixie Highway. The meeting is open to the public.

 


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Rossford lies at the heart of the Crossroads of America, an area experiencing tremendous economic growth, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. The city's population of approximately 6,000 is primarily a mix of descendants of Polish, Czechoslovakian, German and Ukrainian workers who came from Pennsylvania to work at the glass plant, now Pilkington.

Rossford was incorporated as a village in 1939 and as a city in 1971. The City is a municipal corporation which operates under its own charter and is governed by a mayor and seven-member City Council. Rossford is served by full-time police and part-time fire departments, dispatched from the neighboring Village of Walbridge.

The City maintains a Community Recreation Center and three parks, one of which,Veterans Memorial Park, features a seasonal marina along with picnic areas and diamonds and courts for baseball, tennis, basketball and volleyball.

Rossford has three elementary schools, Glenwood, Indian Hills and Eagle Point, a junior high and high school and All Saints parochial school for grades pre-kindergarten through eight.

The city boasts a public library and many service and community organizations such as the Rossford Business Association, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Its Rossford Community Service League sponsors annual activities such as a Valentine's Day Dance, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Memorial Day parades and their Christmas tree lighting.


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