Montpelier Board Of Education Hears Report On New High 5 Club


The Montpelier Exempted Village Board of Education convened in regular session on the afternoon of October 11.
The Student Achievement Liaison report of Board member Darrell Higbie recognized the following students for their excellence over the past month:

Dawson Fedderke – Kindergarten
Aislinn McGee – 1st grade
Mark Phillips – 2nd grade
Corey Mitchell Jr. – 3rd grade
Olivia Stefanelli – 4th grade
Courtney English – 5th grade
Chloe Martin – 6th grade
Addie Mattern – 6th grade
Kimberly Engels – High School

Mr. Higbie continued his report, saying, “This school year, the junior high teachers have come together to support ‘strategy instruction’. All junior high students are learning five common ways of learning: Read around the text, KIM (Key term – Information – Memory clue) vocabulary, two column note taking, VIPs (Very Important Points) / Sum it up, and working in small, comparative groups as much as possible. With these five teaching strategies in mind, we have developed a ‘High 5 Club’. Teachers nominate individual students, or groups of students for following the strategies throughout the month. Chosen for September was all of Mrs. Tippin’s seventh grade language arts students. The October group to be recognized is Mr. Shoup’s second period class.” Mr. Shoup’s second period class includes:

Blake Altaffer
Sonja Alvira
Kaiden Apple
Colling Crisenbery
Jamie Davis
Logan Dick
Emily Fritsch
Brayden JoHantgen
Billie Lower
Ethan Marihugh
Ami Mathias
Rachel McIntosh
Keegan Mormino
Tiernan Patrick
Alexandra Repp
Morgan Roloff
Michael Spence
Peyton Stahler
Bryce Tibbetts
Tylor Yahraus

The Board accepted donations of $1126.00 from the Post Prom Committee to the Class of 2017, $1500.00 from the Montpelier Area Foundation, and $100.00 from the St. Paul’s United Methodist Women to the Nurse’s fund. Also approved was a donation of $800.00 from Great Midwest Sports to the Athletic Schedule fund; a $50.00 grant from Ring’s Pharmacy to HS ED Intervention Specialist Jill Altaffer for a classroom initiative; a donation of $55.00 from the Class of 1961 for the Brick Pathway fund, and $500.00 from John Fry of John’s Excavating for the Archery Club.
The Board moved to approve Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) training at the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center (NwOESC) for the 2016-2017 school year. If the training dates are on a non-school day, then staff will be paid $100 for the day. The Healthy School/Safe Students grant from the NwOESC will reimburse the per diem pay, or the cost of substitutes in order to send the staff to the PBIS trainings throughout the year.
In personnel moves, the Board extended one-year supplemental contracts to:

Taylor Muehlfeld – Head Boys Basketball coach
David Bauer – Varsity Assistant Boys Basketball coach
Brandon Shoup and William Hill – JH Boys Basketball coaches
Charlene Johnson and Cierra Carpenter – JH Girls Basketball coaches
Troy Roth – Head Wrestling and Head Track coach
Kyle McCarley – Assistant Wrestling coach
Anthony Coleman – Assistant Track coach
Jason Johnston and David Apple – JH Track coaches
Jodi Grime – JV Girls Basketball coach
Tim Nicely – Head Girls Basketball coach
Chuck Florence – Volunteer Assistant Girls Basketball coach
Nickolas Ramos – JV Boys Basketball coach
Anthony Mercer – JH Wrestling coach
Toby Hutchison – Head Baseball coach
Ryan Yahraus – Varsity Baseball Assistant coach
Max Lamberson – JV Baseball coach
Brad Smith – Head Softball coach
Nicole Wade – Varsity Softball Assistant coach
Brooke Funk – JV Softball coach
Scott Goodnight – Assistant Track coach

The Board approved the retirement of Verna Keesbury at the end of the 2016-2017 contracted school year. The Board approved a move to ParaProfessional for Mary Weirich for the 2016-2017 school year, pending that all requirements are met, and hired Amy Riggenbach as an aide at 7 hours per day, effective October 14, 2016. The Board added Yolanda Bohner to the substitute aide list, and Justin Talbott to the substitute aide, substitute cafeteria and substitute custodian lists for the 2016-2017 school year.

In other matters, the Board approved a contract with E-Rate Connection for the 2017-2018 Federal E-Rate Program at $2,400.00. The Board agreed to the proposed 2017-2018 School Calendar, and approved the Montpelier High School Volleyball team trip to the Ohio State University volleyball game against Penn State from November 11-13.

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