Van Wert City School Treasurer Michelle Mawer delivers a PowerPoint during Wednesday's Board of Education meeting.
Covid-19 and its impact on Van Wert City Schools was the focus of the majority of the Board of Education meeting held on Wednesday, May 27. Treasurer Michelle Mawer, Superintendent Vicki Brunn, as well as Assistant Superintendent Bill Clifton, the school principals, and others mentioned the coronavirus and how it has affected the latter portion of the 2019-2020 school year and what the future may hold.
During her portion of the meeting, Mawer provided a PowerPoint to Board members allowing them the opportunity to view the General Fund Five Year Forecast. She pointed out that the cash balance should remain positive through 2022. But by 2023, she said expenses will exceed revenue. She noted that the state contributes approximately 55 percent of the district's funding with local funding amounting to about 45 percent. She said the state this year cut funding for the district by $350,000 and next year Mawer is anticipating a 10 percent reduction in state funding. She is uncertain how much of an impact Covid-19 will have on the district's economic situation through both state and local funding. She told the Board, "There's a lot of unknowns so I guess that about the only thing I can say is that we have to hold tight and watch for the next couple of months and see how things turn out."
Superintendent Vicki Brunn spoke on the possibility of classes next fall. She told the Board she has been attending Zoom meetings with other superintendents, Ohio School Board members, and attorneys. "We don't know right now. We don't have any direction from the governor as to what it might look like," Brunn said. She mentioned the possibility of continuing virtual education, a blended model in which half of the students would attend at a time with a staggered start to the day and two shifts per day, or half the students attending Mondays and Wednesdays and the other half attending Tuesdays and Thursdays with Friday being a virtual learning day for all. She noted that there would be logistical challenges involved including busing. She told the Board, "everybody is really trying to sort through what-ifs and we feel like we're spinning our wheels a lot right now." She added, "You need to know that we're planning for every scenario and we will be ready no matter what. We always are and whenever the state tells us what they are going to tell us as far as the parameters, then we will find a way to make it happen."
Assistant Superintendent Bill Clifton spoke on the Farnham inspection of the Goedde gym. The firm noted that the bleachers in the Goedde gym are not in compliance with regulations and that some of the baskets needed to be updated and repaired. The cost to bring the bleachers and the baskets into compliance would have been over $100,000. Therefore the gym will be used as a practice facility for middle school, high school and club sports. It can also be used for middle school and possibly freshmen contests there. He added that the main section of the Goedde roof was either complete or nearly so.
In other action, the Board:
* Approved awarding a contract to Muhlenkamp Building Company, as the general contractor with the most competitive bid, for the Niswonger Performing Arts Center Annex Project.
* Approved full payment of salaries for contracted certified and classified employees during the Ohio Governor imposed shutdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the Board approved the payments made to hourly employees with implied contracts with hours reported via timesheets.
* Approved full payment of the supplemental contracts for the 2019-2020 school year as all the duties were completed either in person or online before and/or during the Ohio Governor imposed shutdown.
* Approved the May 2020 five-year forecast.
* Approved the amendments to the FY20 permanent appropriations as presented.
* Accepted a $500 American Electric Power Teacher Vision grant awarded to Marie Markward to be used for global learning texts/resources in the middle school and a $2,000 GENYOUth grant awarded to Becky Proffitt. The grant is to be used to supply resources for meal distribution and delivery efforts. Proffitt plans to use the funds to replace Food Services computers in the elementary building.
* Approved a three-year service agreement with Northwest Ohio Area Computer Services Cooperative for the period July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2023.
* Approved the Career Education Opportunity (CEO) Agreement between Van Wert City Schools and Lincolnview Local Schools for the 2020-2021 school year.
* Approved the contract for FY 2021 between the Van Wert County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Van Wert City Schools (Family and Children First Council) for Early Intervention and Early Intervention Outreach.
* Accepted the Multi-System Youth Grant awarded to Family and Children First from Ohio Job and Family Services in the amount of $3,417.15.
* Approved the Satellite Program Standards & Maintenance Agreement between Vantage Career Center and Van Wert City Schools for the 2020-2021 school year.
* Accepted the resignation of Greg Roberts, bus driver, effective at the end of the 2019-2020 contract year.
* Approved Veronica Cuevas as Early Childhood Center secretary and Josh Jones as a full-time bus driver effective the 2020-2021 contract year.
* Approved supplemental contracts, effective the 2020-2021 contract year, for Keith Recker as head football coach, Jeff Marbaugh as head volleyball coach, Kim Doidge as head golf coach, Ryan Holliday as head cross country coach, and Samantha Fleming as head fall cheerleading coach.
* Approved the certified employee contracts for the 2020-2021 contract year.
* Acknowledged charitable groups, entities, and individuals for their donations to the Van Wert City Schools, including Beta Delta Chapter Psi Iota XI to the Class of 2021 for Prom for $100, Beta Delta Chapter Psi Iota XI to Masque and Gavel for $100, Foster Family Chiropractic, LLC to Masque and Gavel for $75, and Leland Smith Insurance Services, Inc. to VWCS Grab & Go Meals for $2,000.
* Approved 2020 Summer School Early Childhood Center staff members to be paid on a timesheet on an as-needed basis, including therapists Janine Warnecke, Jennifer Huffman, Danae Leaser, Chrissy Kreischer, and Lisa Knoch; teachers Nikki Adams, Regina Brenneman, Alysha Caudill, Becky Doctor, Kim Dowdy, Judi Smith, Erin Heaslip, Ashley Hockenberry, Drew Bittner, Shelly Place, and Jessica Small; paraprofessionals Tasha Miller and Sherry Boroff; and nurse Theresa Whittington.
* Approved the VWCS Local Graduation Seals for the classes of 2023 and beyond.
* Approved Jeff Kallas as the 2020 summer government teacher.
* Nate Hoverman will advance on the pay scale from Masters to Masters plus 15 effective Sept. 1, 2020
The next scheduled regular meeting is Wednesday, June 24 beginning at 5 p.m. in the First Federal Lecture Hall at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.
Original article courtesy of Times Bulletin