NAPOLEON — The Napoleon Area Board of Education recognized state-qualifying students, discussed the possibility of hiring a school resource officer (SRO), and was given a facilities update during its regular meeting Tuesday evening.
Recognized for qualifying for state cross country for the third straight year was Daniel Gaffney, along with interim head coach Virgil Bohls and assistant coach Jeff Ressler. Aliza Lankenau was recognized for advancing to the state tennis tournament, along with head coach Nathan Butler, while Jessica Grant and Shawn Grewal were recognized for competing at state DECA, along with advisor Jason Zera.
“It’s great seeing all of the students here tonight that have worked hard to reach the levels that they have, and recognizing the coaches for their hard work, too,” said board president Frank Cashman.
Superintendent Dr. Stephen Fogo discussed the possibility of hiring a SRO for the district, explaining that preliminary discussions with local officials and officials from the Napoleon Police Department have taken place.
“I sat down with the city manager (Joel Mazur) and chief (David) Mack to start the discussion, to see what this would look like and what that person’s duties would be,” said Fogo. “We asked if the city had the manpower for a SRO, and were told the department would have to hire a new officer. I would like to talk the chief again, bring more information to you (the board) in December, and let you think about it before we make any decisions.”
Fogo also shared that after some problems with using Twitter as the school’s alert system, the district will be switching to the Remind system for instant alerts. Information will be sent home with students, and more information will be made available through the press in the near future.
Business manager Cory Niekamp gave the board a brief facilities update, telling the members that an LED lighting project was recently finished. A total of 72 lights were replaced with LEDs, and that three new light fixtures were installed in the front parking lot and one on Wildcat Drive. The district is estimated to save $6,000 a year, with an expected payback in five years.
Transportation supervisor Jeff Nicely shared with the board that his department has accepted the following donations: a total of $5,307.75 from the Sons of the American Legion, Bert G. Taylor Squadron 300, BGT Charities Fund, and Women’s Auxilliary, Bert G. Taylor Unit 300 ($1,769.25 each), to be used to outfit nine buses with a set of Stop Arm cameras.
The cameras can see and record cars that pass a bus with the stop arm engaged, as well as take photos of license plates on cars that pass stopped buses. That information can then be shared with local authorities. Nicely shared he is hopeful more donations could lead to all the buses being fitted with the cameras in the future.
In other business, the board:
• approved FMLA leave for Edward Bevelhymer to begin approximately Nov. 1 for up to 12 weeks; and Denise Davis to begin approximately Nov. 28 for up to 12 weeks.
• okayed disability leave for the following individuals: Marlene Vogelsong, effective Nov. 7 for a period of up to one year; and Wendy Crawford, effective Nov. 9 for a period of up to six months.
• voted for the employment of Steven Seagrave as a substitute principal at Napoleon Elementary at the rate of $280 per day; and Robin Creager as a cashier at Napoleon Elementary, effective Nov. 20. Creager will work 4 1/2 hours per day.
• amended the employment of Kris Campbell, intervention specialist at St. Paul Lutheran School, effective Nov. 5. Campbell will work 29 1/2 hours per week, 124 days per year, and begin at B.A.+150, step five.
• voted for the employment of Amy Cobb as cashier, effective Nov. 13.
• approved a request to recognize equestrian sports as a club sport and allow the Napoleon Equestrian Team to use the Napoleon High School logo and name for competition, at no cost to the district.
• voted for the following athletic coaches for 2018-19: Virgil Bohls, interim head cross country (50 percent); Jeff Ressler, assistant cross country (50 percent); amend Tyler Haase from 1/2 to 2/3 as a swimming varsity assistant; Bradley Wilson, freshman boys basketball; Logan Peckinpaugh, boys eighth-grade basketball; and Megan Koppenhofer, girls seventh-grade basketball.
• rescinded 50 percent of the varsity assistant cross country supplemental for Bohls.
• okayed several Camp Palmer instructors, athletic/tournament help, and student athletic help for 2018-19.
• voted for Emily Faerber as a Student Growth Measure Committee member for 2018-19 at the tutor rate of $27.62 per hour; and Tammy Casarez as an aide, cafe substitute for 2018-19.
• approved the following substitute teachers for 2018-19: Brianna Krukowski, effective Oct. 29; Megan Mathias, effective Nov. 16; Suzanne Millikan, effective Oct. 25; Constance Warncke, effective Oct. 16; and Sheryl Wannemacher, effective Nov. 12.
• okayed Chandler McMurtie and Landon Moore, student workers as lighting and sound technicians at the rate of $8.30 per hour.
• accepted the following donations to Napoleon Elementary School: bright yellow candy bags with safety tips from Bokerman, Yackee, Koesters Insurance Co. for preschool/first grade students; 1,500 grade care envelopes from the Henry County Bank; and $100 from Dr. Carpenter at Dental Excellence for winning the 2018 Halloween Candy Buyback contest.
• accepted the following donations to Napoleon Junior/Senior High School: $250 from Madison Parker to the band; of one 6x10 foot American flag from American Legion Post 300.