PRE-MEETING CHAT … Prior to the October 17, 2022 Archbold School Board meeting a chuckle was shared about the up and down weather, by (left to right) board member Tyson Stuckey, Treasurer/CFO Chris Zeigler, Board President Jeremy Hurst and Superintendent Jayson Selgo. (PHOTO BY REBECCA MILLER, STAFF)
By: Rebecca Miller
As a part of the personnel recommendations at the October 17, 2022 Archbold Board of Education meeting, the letter of retirement resignation was accepted from Christine Ziegler, the school Treasurer/CFO. Her retirement will be effective on July 31, 2023.
Mrs. Andrea Thiel, Elementary Principal, reported that the students who were nominated by their teachers for the month of September for the “Everything is Possible” mindset, were honored and celebrated at an assembly on September 30.
The second graders were scheduled for a trip to Sauder Village on October 20th.
The “Passion” mindset will be celebrated on October 28th. For Halloween this year they are doing something a little different.
The kindergarten class will have a fall fest outside at the school and grades 1-4 will have their annual Costume Parade and will be joined by the high school band also dressed up.
The preschool and the residents at Fairlawn have been invited to watch the parade at the school and they are hoping it is enjoyed by all.
Midterms have been held, a Title One seminar was held on October 3rd, and kindergarten class has been out and about visiting the fire station, the library, and other places.
Third graders were scheduled to begin on October 18. She ended her report by saying, “Things are going well at the elementary school.”
The next report was given by Middle School Principal Mr. Matt Shields. Mr. Shields reported that the middle school is moving from the student of the month program into following the style of the elementary and tying in with them.
Teachers are nominating students for AMS Mindset Leaders for the “Everything is Possible” mindset.
An assembly was held in which Fayette 7th and 8th graders joined with Archbold students, sponsored by Healthy Choices, Caring Communities.
Also, a number of students were chosen to meet with peers from other area middle schools in Fulton County, at Wauseon for leadership training.
Shields said that they were glad to have the return of Grandparents Day and to have substitute grandparents participate as well at the well-attended event.
Spirit week was held the second week of October and the kids enjoyed dressing in different things each day and ending it with a pep rally.
The fall sports teams all finished strong, and he congratulated them on their season.
Eighth graders are preparing for the annual Veterans Day celebration on November 11 and they are looking forward to having the veterans back in the building again after the COVID restrictions kept them from doing so.
Mr. Royal Short, High School Principal, highlighted a Robotics field trip at Wieland-Chase Brass at which the students got to see a robot in action skimming impurities.
They got a great presentation. The Graphics class is making a fresh show for the TV every Monday, with graphics and video.
They are also making some graphics for around the building and even made a new logo for the twitter page.
Some students are actively involved in fixing Chromebooks to take some pressure off the tech department. “It will look great on their resumes and it really helps us out,” he added.
Curriculum Director Mrs. Michele Bagrowski reported that testing is set up and ready to go; gifted testing was done the week of October 11 for fifth graders.
Resident educator program is switching to a two-year program. The staff is working toward having a great after school program where students can get help with homework and a plan is in the works to have a group doing E-News broadcast.
In response to a question, she said she is gathering the information on the state tests for the teachers as the system is not user friendly.
Superintendent Dr. Jayson Selgo shared with the board that they had productive discussions at a recent Financial Work Session.
He said that they have completed their second 2-hour Professional Development session.
Later in the meeting, Mrs. Thiel thanked the board for approving the 2-hour delay professional development sessions as they are very helpful for the teachers, and very appreciated.
They met with the School Resource Officer and the Archbold Police Chief to discuss safety at the school in the light of a “recent threat that occurred at another district”.
There were good ideas and he looks forward to identifying access points that will have surveillance for better safety. He thanked the police for helping in this area.
In regular business the board approved the agenda and the Consent Agenda which included:
- September 19, 2022 regular meeting minutes
- September 2022 financial reports
- October 12, 2022, special meeting minutes
- A donation of $570 to the Archbold girls tennis program from Thresher’s Fundraiser for hours worked in the beef booth at the National Thresher’s Reunion 2022
- Tuition reimbursement for classes taken during the 21-22 school year for teachers continuing their education pursuant to negotiated contract agreement.
- Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Archbold Education Association to amend the current contract language ARTICLE XV. FRINGE BENEFITS, commencing January 1, 2023
- MOU with Archbold Schools Classified Team to amend the current contract language ARTICLE XV. FRINGE BENEFITS, commending January 1, 2023
- Transportation agreement between Archbold Board of Education and Bobby and Kara Cowell for the 22-23 school year
- New, revised, replaced and deleted NEOLA policies
Personnel recommendations approved included:
- paraprofessional substitute list provided by the Northwest Ohio Education Service Center (NWOESC) for the 22-23 school year
- one-year contract for Jennifer Graber as a classified substitute for the 22-23 school year, pending all requirements and certifications are successfully met
- one-year supplemental contracts for the 22-23 school year
- one-year contracts for the following IBS tutors for the 22-23 school year: MacKenna Whitacre, Emily Hammersmith, Kevin K. Miller, Allison Bentley, Jan Lindsay, Deb Zimmerman, and Anne McCarty
- one-year contract for Brenda Beck as an IAT Tutor for the 22-23 school year, effective October 10, 2022
- Patricia Hyland as a long-term school psychologist substitute
- one-year contracts for the After School Program for grades 5-8 for the 22-23 school year, for: Michele Bagrowski (coordinator), Krysti Bowerman, Dawn Rupp, Andrea Nafziger, Jan Lindsay, Allison Bentley, and Kevin K. Miller
- salary schedule placement for employees that have taken additional education courses (Derrick Baksa, Sarah VonSeggern, Jessica Miller, Zeb Frank, Mary Gingerich, Beth Yoder, Allison Bentley, Jennifer Allen, and Danielle Vandock)
- also approved with Karen Beck and Gina Benecke abstaining, the substitute teacher list provided by the NOESC for 22-23 school year
A motion was made and approved to go into executive session to discuss the employment, compensation, promotion, or demotion of public employees.
There was no action taken and with no further business, the meeting adjourned.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for November 21, 2022 at 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted in the future.
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