The roads had been cleared enough from the deep snow that fell over February 14 and 15, for the February 17, 2021 meeting of the Swanton School Board to be held. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, a moment of silence and the roll call, the Board got right into business.
They approved the minutes for the previous meeting and the Financial Report which included Cash reconciliation, the Swanton Schools Investment listing/Securities portfolio, a financial summary report, and record of transfers as well as Appropriation Modifications and Estimated Resource changes.
A Resolution to approve the Permanent appropriations for the Swanton Public Library for their FY2021 was passed.
Donations accepted with gratitude included: $1,000 from Rotary Club of Swanton to General Fund; $357.64 from Lifetouch to Recreation Program; $703.55 from Lifetouch Swanton Elementary Principal’s Fund; $137.10 from Boxtops for Education to Swanton Elementary Principal’s Fund; $58.81 from Lifetouch to Swanton High School Principal’s Fund; $146.46 from Lifetouch to Swanton Middle School Principal’s Fund; $560.15 from Lifetouch to Swanton Middle School Principal’s Fund; $91.31 from Chipotle Mexican Grill to National Honor Society; $1,100.27 from Swanton American Legion (Bingo) to Boys Basketball Team Fundraising Account; $600 from Swanton American Legion (Bingo) to Football Team Fundraising Account; $750 from Swanton American Legion (Bingo) to Golf Team Fundraising Account; $1,100.26 from Swanton American Legion (Bingo) to Track Team Fundraising Account; $600 from Swanton American Legion (Bingo) to Wrestling Team Fundraising Account; $600 from Swanton American Legion (Bingo) to Girls Basketball Team Fundraising Account; $1,100.27 from Swanton American Legion (Bingo) to Girls Soccer Team Fundraising Account; $1,100.27 from Swanton American Legion (Bingo) to Softball Team Fundraising Account; and $1,100.26 from Swanton American Legion (Bingo) to Volleyball Team Fundraising Account.
Probably one of the most interesting moments of the meeting was the Power Point presentation by Superintendent Chris Lake and Athletic Director Wade Haselman as the Strategic Priority Update for the month.
Lake and Haselman presented a proposal to the Board for the school to leave the NWOAL (Northwest Ohio Athletic League) and be part of a new league in order to give their school a better chance to win games and build their program. (A more complete explanation of this can be read in the Sports Section of this edition.)
Recommendations approved by the Board:
•Personnel: Classified Resignation of Debra Burrow Playground/Lunch Aide effective July 1, 2021 and Stephen Waddell Bus Driver effective January 22, 2021; Rescind certified supplemental for Kori Reiser Boys Assistant Track; Administrative Contract (3 yr. limited) for Sharon Marvin and Anthony Menna; Administrative Contract (5 yr. limited) for Brandon Schroth; Certified Supplemental for Christine Curtis Jr/Sr Prom Director and Ryan Borer MS Assistant Boys Track; Recreation Contracts for Brooke Eitniear T-Ball/Coach Pitch director, Bridget Foster U4-U6 Spring Soccer Director and U8-U14 Spring Soccer Director, Blake Foster and Xander Wiemken Soccer Field Maintenance Spring Season; and Classified Substitute Melissa King Bus Driver. (In the Transportation report it was stated that Steve Waddell will be missed by the families on his route on Bus 18 and by all at the bus garage and throughout the Swanton School System.)
•The graduating class list for 2020-21 school year
•Request of the Swanton Choral Department’s trip to Cleveland and Sandusky, leaving SHS on the morning of Friday, May 7, 2021 and arriving back at SHS the night of Saturday, May 8, 2021.
•SMS 6th Grade Camp at Camp Michindoh in Hillsdale, Mi. On March 22-26, 2021
•20-21 Indoor Track Meet Schedule with overnight trips
•Swanton Public Library Board of Trustees Appointee – Renew term of Tom Zimmerman
Building reports were given for the High School, Student Services, Middle School, Food Service, Elementary School, Transportation Department, Grounds and Maintenance, and Tech Support. Some Highlights were:
•ACT testing scheduled February 23 for all Juniors
•Great showing for the school in the Finance Division of BPA, with top three placers to be representing at the State BPA competition in March, for a chance to represent Ohio in National BPA Competition at Orlando, Florida in early May. State Qualifiers are Joshua Vance, Trent Weigal, Samantha Taylor, Liz Ottney, Joshua Alvarez and Jackie Lennex.
•Student Services Sharon Marvin will be attending some special education law seminars and is excited to be learning details on the inclusion of dyslexia in special education.
•Parent/Teacher conferences will be held the end of February by Zoom
•Pride in MS teacher Emily Tomanski for being chosen for the NWOESC Franklin B Walter Award
•SMS Bullying report was that there were four reports and after investigation, on was determined an actual case of bullying
•SMS NEWS is up and running on the school FaceBook page on Tuesdays or Thursdays with 5th through 8th graders participating
•Mental Health Mondays continue with the 7th graders and students are excited to star an all girl ROX group (Ruling Our Experiences) with Jaime Fogerty from Fulton County as leader.
•There is a 75% overall daily participation in breakfasts and lunches
•A tutor has been hired with some of the ESSER funds to support small group instruction in the Elementary School.
•Second Grade Gifted Testing is almost completed
•PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) is going really well with a lot of participation
•There are 54 signed up for Kindergarten registration and screening on March 25&26
•First ever Virtual Competition for 4th graders in Destination Imagination will be held soon
•Zero cases of bullying in SES for the year
•The Transportation department is seeking new bus drivers
•The Maintenance Department has been very busy with repairs in the buildings
•The Tech Department has upgraded the Core Switch to all Swanton Local School district buildings, removing around $10,000 in annual maintenance fees. Installation of outdoor wireless access is also complete and was 100% covered by Ohio BroadBand Connectivity Grant.