SUPPORTING THE COACH … Edgerton Junior Cole Meyer speaks to the Board of Education on retaining Boys’ basketball Coach Matt Ripke during their latest meeting. (PHOTO BY JEREMY SCOTT, STAFF)
By: Jeremy Scott
The Edgerton Board of Education met on March 15th in regular session. All members were present for the meeting.
The meeting opened with a public comment from Edgerton High School student Cole Meyer asking the Board to retain Boys Basketball Coach Matt Ripke for the 2021-2022 season. He spoke on the integrity and caring that Mr. Ripke has for his student athletes.
Also presenting was Julie Eitniear who spoke on the schools Ohio Response to Intervention, which is a program that helps those students with learning needs get back on pace with the rest of their class. The program has enjoyed success this year helping twenty students from young 5s through 6th grade.
The Board approved to accept Annika Meddel as an exchange student from Germany for the 2021-2022 school year. She will be hosted by Carson and Sara Blalock.
The Board accepted a donation of $1,749 that was leftover funds from the 2020 prom to cover the expense of caps and gowns for graduates in 2021.
The Board also approved the re-finishing of the high school gym floor with Robert’s Flooring at a cost of $2,360. Work will be completed during the week of July 5th which will be a down week for all district sports programs.
Also approved was a Staff Acceptable Use Policy agreement that gives the District the power to have access to inappropriate material if it is part of a police investigation.
The district approved a College Credit Plus agreement with Owens Community College, Defiance College, University of Toledo, and Northwest State Community College.
In personnel, the Board accepted the resignation of Shari Saneda as the school’s Technology Director effective August 1st, 2021 for reasons of retirement. They also accepted the resignation of Brock Thiel as Assistant Varsity football coach.
Supplemental Contracts were non-renewed in annual action for the following: Nathan Davis- Varsity Girls’ Basketball, Jodie Arkwright- Assistant Varsity Girls’ Basketball, Greg Jennings and Maimee Giesige- Jr. High Girls’ Basketball, Kathe Stotz-5th and 6th Grade Girls’ Basketball, Matt Ripke- Boys’ Basketball, Travis Arkwright- Assistant Varsity Boys’ Basketball, Max Nihart- JV Boys’ Basketball, Chase McClellan- Freshman Boys’ Basketball, Patrick Bowsher and Elliot Roth- Jr. High Boys’ Basketball, Tom Nye- Varsity Wrestling, Rick Herman- Assistant Varsity Wrestling, and Bryce Batt- Jr. High Wrestling.
A one-year contract was also approved for Lauren Gulker as an Elementary Intervention Specialist.
In other news, the Spanish Club trip that was scheduled for this summer has been rescheduled to the summer of 2022 due to COVID restrictions.
The dates for Parent-Teacher Conferences have been rescheduled for March 25th. Going forward next year, the District would like to make all conferences Digital.
The schools STEAM Lab will be renovated for 2021-2022 with the lab moving off of the High School Commons.
The Spring Musical “All Shook Up” will be performed on the following dates: April 15th at 2pm for Elementary students and Senior Citizens Matinee, April 16-17 at 7pm for General Public, and April 18th at 2pm for General Public Matinee.
A new school bus has arrived for the District. The District is in the process of making sure all the insurances and titles are clear and the bus should be in service after Spring Break. Also, a new Maintenance truck has been ordered.
Finally, upcoming events for the District- Spring Break will be March 29th through April 2nd, Kindergarten screening will be April 8th and 9th, Prom will be held on May 1st, and graduation will be on the football field on May 30th.
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