Millcreek-West Unity School Board: Student Attendance Above 300 For First Time Since COVID

By: Daniel Cooley

The November 15 Millcreek-West Unity School Board Meeting began with the call to order, and then roll call. All five members, Heather Jones, Brian Wieland, Sarah Carothers, Dave Chester and Randy Mahlman, were present.

Superintendent Jim Wyse then gave his report. He mentioned the board members needed to look over the second reading of the NEOLA updates and then discussed the 2022 tentative calendar, with the second reading of the calendar to come in December. He also mentioned that at present, the board meeting dates for 2022 looked okay.

Steve Riley, principal for grades 7-12, then spoke. He started with giving congratulations to students who were named

Student of the Month by their teachers: Lindee Lammon, Leo Cullis, Marleea Stough, Jazmyn Gehring, Julia Rodriguez, David Rodriguez, Julia Schuurman, Addison Whitman, Brooke Moreland, Justin Ayala-Aguilera, Cameron Schlosser, Annabelle Soltau, Mackenzie Kerr, Isabella Cardarelli, Bryce Buehrer, Jordan Haskell, Kyle Rivas, Halle Jones, Arend Schuurman, Jonathan Stephens, Isabel May and Hope Potts.

Congrats also went out to Ian Hoffman, runner-up in his division and Brooke Moreland, third in her division with agri-science fair projects at the 2021n FFA National Convention.

Also, Riley congratulated the girls volleyball team, BBC champs for the first time since 1994, regional semifinalist for the first time and ended the season with an outstanding 20-6 record.

Riley also talked about the “Just Another High School Play”, with great performances by the students, stage crew, play director Miss Pendleton and assistant director Mrs. Horton. Riley also named the new National Honor Society inductees from the November 8 meeting: James Bell, Jaden Bowers, Ranie Roesch, Brianna Oranday, Mia Hancock, Lana Baker, Elijah Kuszmaul, Ella Calvin, Annika Wright, Chacity Brehm, Keely Burdine and Kyla Zuver.

In addition, Riley mentioned the return of Cadet Cafe, on November 11, after a one year absence. Thanks to Mrs. Freado and her FCA students for providing the luncheon. The lunch was for students selected by staff to eat lunch with them.

The following students attended: Aaden Judy, Maggie Altman, Lindee Lammon, Tony Pelland, Ingrid Hoffman, Maggie Wheeler, Marissa Bennett, Devin Dempsey, Dylan Cammack, Leah Ankney, Olivia Rossman, Julia Dickinson, Maggie Ryan, Keegan Deck, Kason Rediger, Dylan Siebenaler, Caleb Bowers, Brayden Tyler, Gabe Matthews, Elijah Kuszmaul, Conner Sanders and Arrend Schuurman.

In the Hilltop Elementary report, elementary principal Laurie Worline extended thanks to Amy Welling and the elementary student council for an enjoyable Red Ribbon week.

Worline also reported that despite bad weather, students had a great Halloween. She said thanks to Mr. Cooper and the high school band for providing the music.

Also, 39 students got to go on a limo ride through the village and then had lunch at Wyse Guys.

Worline also mentioned the fifth and sixth graders experienced their favorite science experiment: Eggsperiment, involving putting eggs in vinegar and watching the shell dissolve.

Worline said the recent parent/teacher conference was highly successful, with 301 conferences taking place. In addition, the elementary school enrollment process is now 100% complete.

Worline was also greatly encouraged that overall attendance for Hilltop Schools reached just over 300 students, for the first time since the pandemic.

In recognition of visitors, Don Leu thanked Mrs. Frey’s 12 students who helped with the Lion’s Club Feather Party. He said the Feather Party would not continue to exist, without them.

Superintendent Wyse thanked Leu and Paul Heisey, who helped fill in as substitute bus drivers.

Next, the school board approved the November consent agenda. Council then approved the October financial statements and the minutes from the October board meeting.

The school board then approved the five-year forecast, that will be submitted to the Ohio Department of Education, by November 30.

Next, the board approved a $3,190 payment to EMS Linq., Inc., for yearly website hosting.

The board then approved the following NEOLA revised policies: public participation at board meetings, evaluation of principals and other administrators, weapons, college credit plus program, blended learning, eligibility of resident/nonresident students, educational opportunity for military children, attendance, student mental health and suicide prevention, early high school graduation, student hazing, positive behavior intervention, spending federal funds, disposition of real/personal property, property intervention, student records, student abuse and neglect, transportation, nonroutine use of school buses and bonding.

The school board then approved donations from James and Jane Hutchinson for the Mary Gares Suter Scholarship and approved graduate study requests of Tom Schaper.

The board also approved issuance of a high school diploma for Kimberly Staup, who fulfilled the graduation requirements for Ohio’s 22 and over adult high school diploma program.

The board then approved adjourning the meeting. The next school board meeting is slated for Monday, December 20, at 6 p.m.

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