Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center Board Holds January Meeting

VR LOGO - WEBThe following actions were taken by the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center Governing Board at their organizational meeting held January 27, 2015.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President Ron Crawford. All in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed in memory of staff member, Jennifer Wensink.

•Elected Mr. Ron Crawford as president of the NwOESC governing board for 2015.

•Elected Mr. William Green as vice-president of the NwOESC governing board for 2015.

•Established the following for regular monthly meetings:

TIME: 7:00pm
LOCATION: NwOESC Conference Room
DATES: February 24, 2015
March 24, 2015
April 28, 2015
May 26, 2015
June 23, 2015
July 28, 2015
August 25, 2015
September 22, 2015
October 27, 2015
November 24, 2015
December 15, 2015 (third Tuesday)

Audit committee to meet quarterly before the regular NwOESC governing board meetings (January, April, July, and October). Records commission to meet two times after the regular NwOESC governing board meetings (April and October).

•Approved the appointment of the superintendent, director of special education, and the director of curriculum, instruction, and professional development as purchasing agents for 2015 with the dollar limit of $10,000 for the superintendent per purchase, and $5,000 for the director of special education and the director of curriculum, instruction, and professional development per purchase. Purchase requests in excess of the superintendent’s limit will require Board approval.

•Approved motion to grant the Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer authority to pay bills, process payrolls, invest Board funds and make all necessary cash advancements to grants during 2015.
•Approved motion to allow the superintendent or designees to participate in Federal, State or other funded grants, contracts or agreements as they become available to the Board in 2015, and then be brought to the Board for ratification.

•Appointed Jill Gilliland (Director of Special Education) as Compliance Officer female representative and Joel Sutton (IEC School Psychologist) as Compliance Officer male representative for Civil Rights, Anti-Harassment, Section 504, ADA, and Title IX for 2015.

•Approved motion to permit the superintendent to hire employees during 2015 contingent upon Board approval at the next regularly scheduled meeting.

•Approved a resolution allowing the superintendent of the Northwest Ohio Educational Service to approve school bus drivers and van drivers for Board certification who have met all of the established requirements. At the next regularly scheduled Governing Board meeting, these names will be approved also by the NwOESC Governing Board.

•Appointed the following people to serve on the Audit Committee to quarterly review calendar year 2015 financial reports:

1. Dorthy Pietrykowski, Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer
2. Jim Brubaker
3. Ron Crawford
4. Nona Liechty

And also to appoint the following people to serve as OSBA Liaisons:

OSBA Legislative Liaison: Brian Baker
OSBA Student Liaison: Le Ann Fritch

•Appointed Dorthy Pietrykowski as the designee for each NwOESC governing board member effective 01/01/15 to comply with the requirements of the Ohio Public Records Law.
The following items were approved under the consent agenda format:

•Approved minutes of the regular board meeting held December 16, 2014.

•Approved Financial Transactions

-NwOESC to provide to Defiance City Schools, SLP Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) Mentoring Services for the period of 8/15/14-6/15/115

-Three Cord to provide to NwOESC, 21st Century (Liberty Center Elementary-REVISED), Student Entrepreneurial, Career Readiness Development Activities Services for the period of 9/22/2014-6/19/2015.

Leaves and FMLA
•EMPLOYMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
CONTRACTS
Classified Limited

Holsopple, Jacquelyn, CLASS-1 Yr, 1/6/15- 7/31/15, Class Sup-Para
Oehlers, Amanda, CLASS-1 Yr, 1/12/15-7/31/15, lass Sup-Para
Quigley, Michaela, CLASS-1 Yr, 1/28/15-7/31/15, Class Sup-Para

21st Century Teachers
Swanton-Joseph Bolyard

Stryker-Blake Burkholder

21st Century Specialized Education Assistants
Bryan-Cynthia Haase

Substitute Teachers
Susan Beck, Jerry Bowser, Timothy Burkholder, Jennifer Croft, Jessica Davis, Koreen Gilbert, Ericha Griep, Mallory Haefner, Deborah Lenhart, Jennifer Link, Denise Marvet, Heather Merritt, Jilayne Michelsen, Marla Nafziger, Christopher Nagel, Kristen Olsen, Rebecca Ortloff, Roger Pence, Josiah Poletta, Jennifer Rodriguez, Tiffany Schwartz, Alexa Short, Michael Silliman, Thomas Smith, Kevin Snyder, Sharon Stein, Andrea Wachtman, Deborah Weagley

Substitute Paraprofessionals
Genevra Black, Koreen Gilbert, Michelle Gurzynski, Kendall Homan, Elizabeth Kuhbander, Kristen Lauf, Melissa Miles, Marla Nafziger, Kristen Olsen, Dale Openlander, Jennifer Rodriguez, Christine Rohrs, Jennifer Smith, Alicia Thiel, Jessica Trevino, Robyn Venier, Andrea Wachtman

Substitute Speech-Language Pathologist
Martha Foltz

Bus Drivers
Edon Northwest – Trevor Thiel
Evergreen – Anthony Williams
Pike-Delta-York – Richard Myers, Kerri Simon, Arthur Thomas, James Wolpert

Student Teachers/Interns/Volunteers
Katie Myers, Speech externship as an Ohio University Student, Spring Semester, 2015 Placed with Heidi Bell
Michelle Nickels, Speech externship as an Ohio University Student, Spring Semester, 2015 Placed with Kelsey Schwanz
Brittney Roeder, Field Experience as a Rhodes State College Student, Spring Semester, 2015 Placed with Matthew Ferguson

•Approved the following RETIREMENTS

Gregory Lawrence, Adapted PE Teacher, effective 6/1/15

Paula Turner, Paraprofessional, effective 7/1/15

•Approved proclamation. The superintendent recognizes each board member for their dedicated service to the NwOESC governing board, as January is Board Member Appreciation Month in the State of Ohio. Their commitment strengthens public education.

School Board Recognition Month Proclamation
WHEREAS, it shall be the mission of the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center to assist in providing all students with the best possible education; and
WHEREAS, the governing board sets the direction for the Educational Service Center by envisioning the educational future of the communities we serve; and
WHEREAS, the governing board sets policies and procedures to govern all aspects of the Educational Service Center; and
WHEREAS, the governing board keeps attention focused on progress toward goals and maintains two-way communication with all segments of our communities; and
WHEREAS, serving on a governing board requires an unselfish devotion of time and service to carry on the mission and business of the Educational Service Center; and
WHEREAS, the governing board must respond on behalf of the communities to the educational needs of students; and
WHEREAS, the governing board voluntarily accepts the above-mentioned responsibilities;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center does hereby proclaim January 2015 as School Board Recognition Month in Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams Counties. The Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center encourages all citizens to publicly and privately thank all school board and governing board members for their dedicated service to our children. School Boards Strengthen Public Education!

•Ratified the appointment of Ken Esterline to the Four County Career Center Joint Vocational School District Board of Education for a three year term of office to commence on January 1, 2015 and expire on December 31, 2017.

• Ratified the appointment of Carol Kleck to the Four County Career Center Joint Vocational School District Board of Education for a three year term of office to commence on January 1, 2015 and expire on December 31, 2017.

• Ratified the appointment of Ron Crawford to the Four County Career Center Joint Vocational School District Board of Education for a three year term of office to commence on January 1, 2015 and expire on December 31, 2017.

• Ratified the appointment of William Green to the Penta Career Center Joint Vocational School District Board of Education for a three year term of office to commence on January 1, 2015 and expire on December 31, 2017.

•Reports/Discussion:
OSBA LEGISLATIVE LIAISON: Mr. Baker reported on discussion and activity at the state level to review the “testing burden” on students related to state testing and accountability system requirements. Topics of interest are time spent on testing, practice testing, Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, Third Grade Reading Guarantee Fall administration, diagnostic assessments, and Students Learning Objective requirements. Discussion will be on-going.

SUPERINTENDENT: Mrs. Gearhart reported that planning is underway for Fall Staff Meeting and the Administrative Conference 2015. A summary of statewide ESC services was shared. An update on instructional hours missed due to inclement weather was provided. Work continues with area districts and colleges/universities on College Credit Plus. Mr. Lero, custodian/maintenance at the IEC, is to be commended for his work in keeping our facility there compliant with EPA and other requirements. An update on the main facility HVAC and lighting systems was shared.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER: Mrs. Pietrykowski reported the on-site audit is wrapping up this week. Mid-year Program Costs were handed out in early January, and Initial Estimates will be handed out soon for FY16. Work continues on Affordable Care Act implementation and compliance. 1,010 W-2’s and 55 1009s were issued this month.

DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION: Mrs. Gilliland reported on the Read Aloud Guidance for Ohio’s New State Tests, as disseminated by ODE recently. Discussed were testing accommodations for students with disabilities or eligible for 504 accommodations.

•As all of the business of the evening was complete, meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m. The next regular meeting of the board will be held Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the NwOESC office located at 205 Nolan Parkway, Archbold, OH.

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