Matt Braun, the lead pastor at LifeHouse Church, speaks to the Board about a project which collected donations for needed clothing items for area children. (DHI Media/Sherry Missler)
Matt Braun, the lead pastor at LifeHouse Church, speaks to the Board about a project which collected donations for needed clothing items for area children. (DHI Media/Sherry Missler)

By Sherry Missler

Times Bulletin Staff Writer

smissler@timesbulletin.com

VAN WERT — Van Wert City Schools Board of Education met Wednesday at First Federal Lecture Hall of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center and approved resolutions necessary for the Eggerss Stadium project. The Board approved Superintendent Mark Bagley's recommendation of Garmann Miller as the architect as well as Dinsmore Shohl LLP as bond counsel, and Robert W. Baird & Co. as underwriter for the bond issue which will go before the voters in May.

Bagley told the Board that a Steering Committee, led by John White and Eric McCracken, was helping the district through the process. He noted the articles on the project appearing in the media have generated a lot of interest. "We certainly want to publicly thank them for the work they have done and the work they will be doing in the next five or so months," he said. He added, "We're real pleased with the selection of Garmann Miller as our architect."

During the Educational Impact presentation, Matt Braun, the lead pastor at LifeHouse Church, addressed the Board about a recent project collecting donations and purchasing clothing items for a number of area students. Braun said that upon learning a number of children were in need of such clothing items as shoes, socks, T-shirts, and coats, his parishioners donated $40,000. Fifty students from Van Wert City Schools and 25 each from Crestview and Lincolnview were taken out by volunteers from LifeHouse Church and allowed to shop for items needed. Braun said, "It was an incredible experience."

Bagley notified the Board that three companies had come to the schools to look at the gym floor. "Typically a gym floor is sanded down all the way realistically every 12 to 14 years. We're starting year 16 and so it's time for that," he said. He went on to discuss several bills at the state level including House Bill 290, House Bill 126, and Senate Bill 1. He finished by saying that he and Chris Covey would be going to Columbus in mid-January to talk with state legislators about PBL. "That could provide some interesting opportunities for our district and even some possible project based learning funds in the future," Bagley said.

In other business, the Board:

* Approved "then and now certificates” to Scholastic Book Fairs for $2,787.62 and $3,830.11, Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation for $45,302, and World's Finest Chocolate for $5,870.

* Accepted the resignation of Donna Myers from her position as paraprofessional, effective Nov. 30.

* Accepted several resignations due to retirement. Steve Long will resign from his maintenance/custodial position after 17 years with Van Wert City Schools effective June 1, 2022, Randy Baer from his maintenance/custodial position after 16 years with Van Wert City Schools effective June 30, 2022, Jenny Yoh from her position as head cook after 33 years with Van Wert City Schools effective May 31, 2022, Theresa Whittington from her position as school nurse after 20 years with Van Wert City Schools effective at the end of the 2021-2022 contract year, Eugene Aufderhaar from his position as high school German teacher after 32 years in education - 15 of those years at Van Wert City Schools, effective at the end of the 2021-2022 contract year, Betty Holliday from her position as elementary school physical education teacher after 33 years in education with 26 of those years at Van Wert City Schools, effective at the end of the 2021-2022 contract year, and Kathleen Overmyer from her position as high school science teacher after 30 years in education with 21 of those years at Van Wert City Schools, effective at the end of the 2021-2022 contract year.

* Accepted the supplemental contract resignation of Alex Schmidt from his position as head boys tennis coach, effective the end of 2021-2022 contract year.

* Accepted the supplemental contract resignation of Jeff Marbaugh from his position as head volleyball coach effective Dec. 9, 2021.

* Approved a five-year contract for the period of Aug. 1, 2022 to July 31, 2027, to Treasurer Michelle Mawer.

* Approved Kevin Dailey as a bus driver effective Dec. 16, 2021.

* Approved supplemental contracts, effective the 2021-2022 contract year, to Nate Hoverman and Rachel White as volunteer indoor track coaches, and Jacob Durden as volunteer middle school wrestling coach.

* Approved a resolution to expand employment of substitute teachers during the 2021-2022 school year.

* Accepted donations to the Van Wert City Schools from Scott Niswonger for $3,912 to the Grove of Mighty Oaks Fund for eight trees, Skylar and Nancy Cunningham for $500 to the Goedde School Principal’s Fund, Alliance Automation, LLC for $2,500 to High School Robotics, Straley Realty & Auctioneers for $25 to Masque and Gavel, Laing Family Dentistry for $250 to Masque and Gavel, Schlatter Premier Turf Management for $400 to Masque and Gavel, HCF Management for $150 to Masque and Gavel, Sparetime, LLC for $100 to Masque and Gavel, Citizens National Bank for $500 to High School Robotics, Advanced Biological Marketing, Inc. for $500 to High School Robotics, Van Wert County Foundation for $3,912 to The Grove of Mighty Oaks project, Van Wert Service Club for $1,300 to Van Wert Service Pack, and Youngs Trash Service for $100 to Masque & Gavel.

The Board was notified that several employees would be advanced on the pay scale effective Feb. 1, 2022. Julia Reichert will go from Bachelors - 150 to Masters while both Jessica Small and Amy Smith will go from Masters plus 15 to Masters plus 30.

The 2022 organizational meeting, Fiscal Year 2023 tax budget hearing, and regular January Board meeting is set for Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, beginning at 5 p.m. in the First Federal Lecture Hall at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.