ANTWERP — Superintendent Dr. Martin Miller officially announced his retirement during Thursday’s regular session of the Antwerp Local Board of Education, but his time with the district may not be over yet.
Miller, who is presently serving his 32nd year in education, announced his final day as superintendent will be July 31; however, he indicated willingness to be rehired by the school board at that time.
A public hearing will be held on the the matter at the April 18 regular board meeting. On May 16, the board will likely approve Miller’s retirement and could move to rehire him as of Aug. 2.
The board also approved the job description for an elementary guidance counselor, whose job will begin at the start of the 2019-20 school year. The description will be posted for applicants.
In other business, the board:
• approved the purchase of a 72-passenger bus from Cardinal Bus Sales for $85,405. The board also heard a new school bus should arrive in two weeks, which should leave the district with a solid bus fleet for the next five years or more.
• recognized local spelling bee champions Keira Spyker, elementary school, and Madisyn Peters, middle school. The two took part in the county bee on Feb. 5; it was Madisyn’s second time there. The students were presented with certificates and pins in recognition of their accomplishments.
• praised students Madison Boesch and Sierra Octaviano, who recently received Quill and Scroll awards for journalism.
• acknowledged upcoming sports events, including girls basketball sectionals on Saturday at Defiance High School; boys basketball sectionals next Friday at DHS; Saturday wrestling sectionals in Archbold; state cheerleading competition March 10 at Ohio State University; and the upcoming freshman GMC basketball championship. Also praised were individual wrestlers Aiden Bowles, Aiden McAlexander and Eli Reinhart, who each were GMC champions in their weight classes; McAlexander also was named GMC Wrestler of the Year.
• will advertise for bids for a new concession stand.
• pushed back a day in the 2019-20 school calendar in order to accommodate a student council conference being held here. Students will not have regular classes that day, but teachers will likely hold an in-service.
• heard two days have to be made up due to weather. Scheduled dates are April 22 and May 23.
• learned kindergarten registration is being formulated, with official dates announced perhaps as soon as today. Kindergarten screening also will take place April 1-2. There are 52 current kindergartners at Antwerp.
• learned preschool screening will be held April 3 and again on Aug. 6.
• heard state testing will take place over the next three months, beginning with English language arts on March 12.
• was told the advanced placement program is expanding, with biology being offered next year.
• heard a $40,000 school safety grant has been submitted to the state. If Antwerp is approved, a number of new cameras and other technology will be added. Miller also noted 18 more night lock systems have been ordered for school doors.
• learned the Hoops for Heart basketball game will take place March 15.
• briefly discussed technological updates, including a video mixer installed in the auditeria; wireless microphones in the rewired system at the auxiliary gym; and attempts to replace lights in the student parking lot.
• heard 700 area sophomores recently took part in visitation day at Vantage Career Center, which also will hold an open house beginning at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Classrooms and labs will be open, and those in attendance will be able to examine class projects and obtain food from vendors.