Van Wert superintendent Ken Amstutz speaks at Wednesday’s board meeting. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
Van Wert superintendent Ken Amstutz speaks at Wednesday’s board meeting. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)

Times Bulletin Editor

VAN WERT - Complications and delays in the renovation of the former Jefferson Elementary School will keep the former Washington building active for another month.
Van Wert City Schools Superintendent Ken Amstutz announced Wednesday at the district's board of education meeting that classes for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students will be in the new location to start classes around Jan. 22, 2013.

"The move-in date was originally set for Dec. 17," Amstutz noted. "That date has been moved back to Jan. 17 due to a variety of things with the renovation. We are looking at having a move-in and extending the Martin Luther King Day weekend (for the Jefferson building only), so we can make this happen... The move-in date will be Martin Luther King Day weekend, and school will start in the renovated Jefferson Building the day after the weekend ends."

Classes for these students have been held at the former Washington Elementary School since the beginning of the current school year while the Jefferson building on Ervin Rd. is undergoing renovations. Once students move into the newly-reworked facility, the way will be clear for the demolition of both the Washington and Franklin structures. On Wednesday, the board approved a resolution to hire a consultant concerning the building demolitions. Board members also voted to approve several change orders related to the Jefferson and the Van Wert Elementary facilities. Four change orders relate to the Grade 1-5 building and another five changes are for the Jefferson building.

Amstutz also informed board members that the district is teaming up to try to win a share of $13 million in grant money.

"We are writing a competitive grant through ODE in conjunction with Lincolnview and Crestview for $250,000, and that needs to be in by the end of the year," he stated.

The board also accepted the resignation of five district teachers for the purpose of retirement. Stepping down at the end of the school year will be pre-school teacher Nancy Bell, Title I teacher Jo Conover, special education teachers Deb Davis and Terry Sullivan, and fifth grade teacher Nancy Wolverton. In all the five teacher devoted 136 years to the Van Wert City Schools of a total 161 years of teaching experience.

In addition, Matthew Kelly was added to the certified sub list and the classified sub list additions included Teresa Dunlap as a cafeteria and custodial worker, and both James Sowers and Stuart Jewett as bus drivers.

The 2013 organizational meeting for the board will be held on Wed. Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. at the First Federal Lecture Hall in the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Current Board President Ken Markward was selected to be president pro-tem for that meeting. The tax budget hearing and the regular January board meeting will immediately follow the organizational meeting.