ARCHBOLD — Superintendent Marc Robinson recognized the Archbold High School journalism class when the Archbold Area Board of Education met earlier this week in a brief session.

The class received the National Yearbook Program of Excellence for the 2017-18 yearbook from Josten’s, the company that publishes the yearbook. Out of 36,000 yearbooks that Josten’s works with, only 2 percent receive this award. Archbold is one of only two districts in the region that have received this award multiple times.

In personnel action, the board approved one-year contracts for the 2018-19 school year for teachers and paraprofessionals for the grades K-4 afterschool program. Approved were coordinator Amy Delong, Jennifer Burkholder, Shannon Schmucker, Miranda Bzovi, Jeff Benecke, Andrea Thiel, Jack Bacik, Crista McCabe, Kelly Boulton, and Mindy Gruenhagen.

One-year supplemental contracts for the high school play director for the 2018-19 school year were offered to Chelsey Smith and Courtney Froehlich, splitting the position 60/40.

The board rescinded a one-year contract to Kelly Boulton for the after-school program for grades 5-8 for the 2018-19 school year.

Tuition reimbursement (pending submission of requested documentation) was approved for classes taken during the 2017-18 school year for teachers continuing their education pursuant to the negotiated contract agreement. The board then approved tuition reimbursement for Dawn Elick for classes taken during the 2017-18 school year for continuing her education pursuant to the negotiated contract agreement.

Salary schedule placement at the M+15 level was approved for certified employees Jennifer Burkholder, Craig Link, John Brooks and Ryan Throne, who have taken additional education courses.

Elementary school principal Dorothy Lambert announced that the school has received an $8,000 grant to fund the afterschool program from Oct. 22, 2018, through May 2, 2019. Ten students in grades 1-4 have been invited to attend the program which takes place on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:05-4:30 p.m.

In the superintendent’s report, Robinson briefed the board on the teacher in-service day held on Oct. 11. It was a technology-based professional development session and focused on training for the Google platform. There were four distinct breakout sessions. They were assisted by staff from the Northwest Ohio Computer Association.

Robinson said he will be meeting with Archbold Police Chief Leo Wixom to discuss the status of a school resource officer position. The program would not begin until after the new year.

Oct. 22 will be “McTeacher Night” at the local McDonald’s. Volunteers from the district will be working a brief shift and funds will be donated to the district based on sales during this window of time.

Robinson congratulated all of the fall athletes, coaches and other activities for all of their hard work.

The superintendent also thanked those who have assisted him in stepping into the interim superintendent position.

“Lastly, I want to again say a giant thank you to Chris Ziegler, Royal Short, Matt Shields, Dorothy Lambert, Michele Bagrowski, and the rest of the certified and classified staff. They have all been so helpful in pointing me in the right direction. This community is truly blessed with an outstanding group of educators and a tremendous school system.”

The board entered into executive session to discuss personnel. There was no action taken when back in open session.

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