ARCHBOLD — Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center Governing Board met recently, hearing updates on administrative searches and taking action on agreements and personnel matters.
Superintendent Kerri Gearhart provided an update on administrative searches in process throughout the service area as districts secure superintendents and treasurers for the coming year.
NwOESC administrative staff and directors also have been working to finishing staff evaluations and getting information input into the state data collection system for teacher and principal evaluation — eTPES. Sixty-three ESC staff were evaluated with OTES or OPES this year.
Gearhart also noted that the NwOESC Wellness Grant for 2019-20 has been submitted to NBHP for review, with priorities in individual goal setting, biometric screening participation and participation in a fitness event or on-going wellness activity.
In addition, NwOESC had five staff members retiring in 2018-19, with 141 years combined experience. These retirees were honored with an open house, and a glass apple or a clock as a show of appreciation for their years of service. They were: Janet Bostater, paraprofessional at North Central, 28 years; Randy Britton, school psychologist at Defiance County, 29 years; Marjorie Fogle, paraprofessional at Evergreen, 23 years; Janet Grieser, intervention specialist at Evergreen, 36 years; and Cynthia Gustwiller, paraprofessional at Archbold, 25 years.
The board also approved agreements with Businessmap, NwOCA, Bowling Green City Schools, Eastwood Local Schools, Elmwood Local Schools, North Baltimore Local Schools, Otsego Local Schools, Rossford Exempted Village Schools, Wauseon Exempted Village Schools, Williams County Board of Development Disabilities and NOVA.
In personnel matters, the board accepted the retirement of Marcella Vance, paraprofessional, effective Dec. 1; and the resignations of Sue Goebel, student services specialist, effective May 31; Ruth Matthews, paraprofessional, effective July 31; and Veronica Neuwirth, district EMIS coordinator, effective July 31.
Also approved were numerous certified limited, classified limited, certified limited summer enrichment, classified limited summer enrichment contracts.
Named 21st Century site coordinators were Mary Born, Emily Clark, Barbara Smith, Jessica York, Karen Thomas, Bryan Hieber, Kathy Sonnenberg, Amanda Carrizales, Julie LaPoint, Stacy Beaverson, Amy Kreiner, Brenda Robison and Pamela Waugh.
Numerous 21st Century teachers, program assistants and specialized education assistants were named, as well as substitute paraprofessionals, teachers and staff members, and bus/van drivers.
Membership was approved with Ohio Educational Service Center Association, Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities and The Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding.
In other business, the board:
• heard legislative updates on various House Bills and the biennial budget process.
• okayed the fiscal year 2020 appropriation measure for general funds as listed with carryover of current year encumbrances to arrive at the expendable budget amounts, and all other funds.
• approved a transfer from the general fund to the building maintenance fund.
• approved the purchase of electronic data sharing and management, database web access and website support, network support, and server support services from META Solutions for the Ohio Migrant Education Center with Title I-C Migrant funds from July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.
• approved a contract with Mara Gongora as an independent contractor to provide re-interview services.
• approved the purchase from Northern Buckeye Education Council of surveillance systems at the main office and the Independence Education Center (IEC). NwOESC will be applying for a BWC School Safety and Security Grant to offset costs for the IEC.
• okayed the purchase of public address systems at Nolan Parkway and the IEC. NwOESC will be applying for a BWC School Safety and Security Grant to offset costs for the IEC.
• approved a school psychology graduate program agreement for Denise Cai, Morgan Uribes, Olivia Krieger and Alexandrea Kowal, in collaboration with the University of Toledo.
• okayed the purchase of a 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan SE (handicap accessible) from Terry Hendricks Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram, Archbold. An allowance will be applied for the trade-in of a 2002 Pontiac Montana.
• reviewed draft copies of numerous handbooks.