Cindy Hurless announced her resignation as Van Wert Board Member on Wednesday. (DHI Media/Julie Keirns)
Cindy Hurless announced her resignation as Van Wert Board Member on Wednesday. (DHI Media/Julie Keirns)

VAN WERT – The Van Wert City Schools Board of Education accepted the resignation of Board Member Cindy Hurless during Wednesday's Board meeting.

“It has been a pleasure to serve on the Board,” stated Hurless. “I will be moving on to other opportunities and the Board deserves someone who can devote their full time to them.”

Hurless submitted her resignation effective Nov. 28, 2018.

Other members of the board wished her well as they voted to approve the acceptance of her resignation.

“Thank you so much for all that you have done for the Board,” stated Board President Debby Compton. “You have played a very active roll on the Board and we truly appreciate all you have done. Good luck in your new position.”

Also during the meeting, the Board voted to go into executive session for the purpose of discussing the employment of public personnel. After the executive session, the Board reconvened to accept the resignation and release and separation agreement of Craig Hershey, Athletic Director, effective Dec. 20.

When asked for a statement regarding this event, Superintendent Vicki Brunn simply said, “Mr. Hershey has chosen to resign and pursue other employment opportunities.”

In other business, Van Wert High School Principal Bob Priest praised teachers and students for a great start to the 2018-19 school year.

“A lot of positives have already happened this school year. The fall sports teams had tremendous success, and the enthusiasm and spirit within the school has been phenomenal,” he stated. “I credit the senior class for setting a great tempo this year.”

In response to the school districts low score on the state grade card Prepared for Success component, Linda Haycock, Lima District 1 Representative to the State Board of Education, recently visited Van Wert High School to review ways that students are preparing for success. The report card currently only measures preparedness for college, and only nine schools in the state of Ohio received an A in this component.

Priest reported that he hopes Haycock will return to the State with ideas and ways to change the reporting in this component. Students who enter the job force or military right out of high school are not falling into the Prepared for Success component.

Treasurer’s report, bills and financial statements were accepted and approved along with acknowledging the following charitable groups, entities and individuals for their generous donations to the Van Wert City Schools:

- To the High School Robotics Club - $500 from Advanced Biological Marketing, Inc; $500 from Citizens National Bank; and $1,000 from Van Rue Properties, LLC.

- $1,000 from the Cooper Family Foundation to the VH Cooper Scholarship

- $100 from Christopher Golliver to the High School Spanish Club

- $500 from Van Wert Vision, Ltd for Athletic Dept Bowling T-shirts

- $250 from Ty & Jennifer McClain to the Wrestling Athletic Account

School Nurse Theresa Whittington was present for the first reading of new Neola Policy 5330.03 which is the Procurement and Use of Asthma Inhalers in Emergency Situations. Brunn then requested the board to waive the second reading requirement so the new policy could be implemented immediately.

“According to Theresa, we have more students than ever who are supposed to be using inhalers forgetting them and leaving them at home,” stated Brunn. “If an emergency situation would arise, we could have a child on our hands in serious trouble. It is important to get this done as soon as possible.”

In other business, the board accepted the resignation of Matt Hernandez as Boys’ Soccer Coach effective Nov. 27; approved Eli Alvarez as HS Paraprofessional effective November 26; approved JoAnne Simmerman as Family and Children First Fiscal Assistant effective Nov. 26; and approved supplemental contracts for the 2018-19 school year for Ben Collins as Interim Athletic Director effective October 23, Samantha Fleming as Middle School Basketball Cheerleading Coach, Steve Hellman as Junior Varsity Boys’ Bowling Coach, and Calvin Rhodes as Junior Varsity Girls’ Bowling Coach. Nate Hoverman was approved as volunteer coach for Indoor Track. The Van Wert City School Policy and Plan for the Identification and Service for Children who are gifted was approved along with approving CRA Agreements for CMS Holdings & Rentals.

The 2019 Organizational Meeting, with the Fiscal Year 2020 Tax Budget Hearing immediately following will be held on Jan. 9 beginning at 5 p.m. The regular January Board of Education meeting will then follow the Tax Budget Hearing Meeting.

With no further business, the Board adjourned.

The next regular Van Wert Board of Education meeting is set for Dec. 19 at 5 p.m.