Van Wert County spelling bee champion, Lincolnview eighth-grader Lindsey Hatcher, speaks to the Lincolnview Board of Education during the Board’s meeting Thursday evening. (DHI Media/Sherry Missler)
Van Wert County spelling bee champion, Lincolnview eighth-grader Lindsey Hatcher, speaks to the Lincolnview Board of Education during the Board’s meeting Thursday evening. (DHI Media/Sherry Missler)

BY SHERRY MISSLER

Times Bulletin Staff Writer

smissler@timesbulletin.com

VAN WERT COUNTY — The Lincolnview Local Board of Education met Thursday evening in the Neubrecht Lecture Hall. The highlight of the meeting was the appearance of Van Wert County's latest spelling bee champion, Lincolnview eighth-grader Lindsey Hatcher. She told the Board, "It was a great experience for me." Hatcher is now required to take a test to see if she will qualify for regional competition.

Treasurer Troy Bowersock updated the Board on financial matters, including the decrease in state funding, the governor's biennial budget proposal, the Fair School Funding plan, workers compensation situation, and unemployment fraud claims that affected several district employees. He also mentioned preschool costs have increased. "This year is the first year where preschool is shared between two school districts, the prior three years where we have a history it was shared among three school districts — Crestview, Lincolnview, and Delphos City Schools," Bowersock said. He noted that the district was on track to spend all of its earlier CARES Act funding and more federal grant money would be available. "In a perfect world it would just have been nice if they just gave us that money to restore what we lost," he told the Board.

JH/HS Principal Brad Mendenhall spoke on course scheduling for next school year, the upcoming career fair, and OMEA competitions. He wished the district's winter sports teams good luck. He also spent some time on industry rated credentials at Lincolnview, one of the pathways to graduation. "If a student maybe isn't necessarily the best test taker, there's an opportunity to get these industry rated credentials which a lot of students at Vantage earn for different trade areas," he said.

Superintendent Jeffrey Snyder's report mostly centered around COVID. He spoke on Governor Mike DeWine desire to close any gap in education caused by the pandemic and what that might mean to schools. He told the Board that the district had no staff members out due to COVID or quarantine-related issues and one student quarantined. "It's nice to know our kids are here every day," he said. He updated the Board on vaccinations and also spoke on the United Way's Rivals United.

In other business, the Board:

* Designated the week of Feb. 20 through Feb. 27 as FFA Week.

* Accepted a donation in the amount of $550 from an anonymous donor to be used for resources for students in the K-6 resource room.

* Approved the West Ohio Advocacy Network (WOAN) payment at a cost of $500.

* Approved the district's open enrollment policy for the 2021-2022 school year.

* Approved James Miglin as a substitute aide for the 2020-2021 school year.

* Approved the 2021-2022 academic school year calendar for Lincolnview Local Schools.

* Approved Jody Taylor - high school wrestling volunteer coach, Al Arnold - high school track volunteer coach, Marla Kemler - high school track volunteer coach, Kendra Heffelfinger - high school track volunteer coach, Kyle Stechschulte - high school baseball volunteer coach, Eric Giessler - high school baseball volunteer coach, Chad Webb - high school softball volunteer coach, Courtney Gorman - high school softball volunteer coach, and Becky Fackler - high school softball volunteer coach as unpaid volunteer assistants for the 2020-2021 school year.

* Granted a supplemental contract for the 2020-2021 school year to Greg Byrum - co-coach boys high school track.

* Authorized and directed the superintendent and treasurer to enter into personal service contracts for the 2020-2021 school year with Ben Cowan - co-coach boys high school track, Dylan Verhoff - girls high school track coach, and Wayne Longstreth - jr. High softball coach.

* Accepted Jeannie R. Vulgamott's resignation letter as the treasurer's secretary / assistant to treasurer effective March 31. Vulgamott was thanked for her service.

* Accepted the amounts and rates as determined by the Budget Commission and authorized the necessary tax levies and certified them to the county auditor for the 2022 fiscal year commencing on July 1, 2021.

* Approved the fiscal year 2021 agreement for vision impaired, orientation, and mobility services with the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center.

* Approved the Ohio School Boards Association Business Travel Accident Certificate of Coverage for Superintendent Jeffrey T. Snyder and Treasurer Troy R. Bowersock at a cost of $20 each for the time period March 1, 2021 through Feb. 28, 2022.

* Approved the Memorandum of Understanding between the Lincolnview Local School District Board of Education and the Lincolnview Local Education Association regarding remote learning.

At the end of the meeting, the Board adjourned into executive session. No action was taken.

The next regular meeting of the Lincolnview Local Board of Education is scheduled for March 18 beginning at 6 p.m.