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School board to review facility options

By Beth Church
In the wake of releasing a proposal to move Rossford High School students to the Owens Community College campus, school district officials are looking at several options for school facilities.
The move is part of a plan to revitalize downtown Rossford and provide new school facilities that was presented at a June 10 public forum.
At the June 15 meeting of the Rossford Board of Education, Superintendent Dan Creps announced that the plan would be postponed and not take place for the 2015-16 school year.
Board president Ken Sutter will be scheduling a board workshop meeting in early July to discuss the options.
“At the forum, we collected a lot of questions and concerns, and we’re working on getting answers to those,” Mr. Creps said.
The multi-part plan would:
•move RHS students to an Owens Community College building;
•construct a new K-8 school building at Glenwood;
•tear down the high school and junior high buildings and offer developers the opportunity to build an urban lifestyle center;
•build an administrative building on the site of Bulldog Center, that would be shared by the city, school district and CVB, and
•build a maintenance facility on Wales Road, shared by the schools and city.
Personnel Matters
The board of education took the following action concerning personnel:
•Issued a two-year administrative contract to Patrick Murtha as RHS assistant principal/athletic director, effective August 1, 2015, through July 31, 2017.
“He was a former athletic director at another district, and has extensive experience as assistant principal,” Mr. Creps explained. “And he has excellent knowledge of our athletic programs and the community. He knows the students–it all made him a perfect fit for the position.” 
At an April meeting, the school board voted to lay off the RHS assistant principal and athletic director and combine the positions into one for next year.
Mr. Murtha has served as  assistant principal for 11 years and Ken Rosplohowski as athletic director for four years.
The decision saves the district $75,000 for the athletic director’s salary.
Mr. Creps said Mr. Murtha will continue to receive his current salary, although “he is picking up additional duties.”
•Accepted the retirement resignation of Jeff Culler, transportation director, effective December 23.
Mr. Creps said Mr. Culler has accumulated 35 years in the public retirement system and has decided to retire.
“It is a position we’ll need to replace,” the superintendent explained.
He believes an interim transportation director will be hired for the summer while the position is posted.
•Accepted the resignation of Judy Sobanski, junior high secretary, effective June 19; and Kristen Pomorski, high school teacher, effective at the end of 2014-15;
•Accepted the retirement resignations of the following classified personnel: Randy Taylor, bus driver, effective June 2; and Mary Ann Wittman, RHS cook/cashier, effective July 1.
•Approved the employment of classified personnel for 2015-16–Ralph Beck, bus driver, 4.25 hours, $21.31 per hour; John Kerekes, bus driver, 4.25 hours, $20.54 per hour, both effective August 19.
•Issued supplemental contracts for 2014-15 to Chuck Cox, Deborah Pitzen, Scott Dorn and Rachel Hood, NWOi3 curriculum writers, $5,000 each; Carrie Rathsack NWOi3 district project manager, $5,000, and Sue Bowman, extended school year services as one-on-one paraprofessional, June 10 to July 16, $17.38 per hour.
•Issued supplemental contracts for 2015-16 to Jane Werbylo, five days extended time, per diem rate; Crystal Murtha, junior high student council, $789; Stephen Doughten, building technology representative, $2,761; Kelly Clarson and Rachel Hood, junior high yearbook, $788.50 each; Kelly Clarson, junior high Art Club, $789; Briana Rothbard, junior high Teen Institute, $1,183; Laura Feldkamp, junior high department head language arts/reading, $1,577; Kelly Clarson, department head special education/PE/art, $1,577; Sue Swartz, department head social studies/health/music/ FACS, $1,577; Daniel Evarts, department head math/science, $1,577; and Pat Biniker, Kathy Herman, Sue Swartz, Briana Rothbard, Kelly Clarson, Sherri Johns, Stephen Doughten, Andrea Crippen, intervention assistance team, $27.69 per hour.
•Approved the following classified personnel transfers and layoffs for 2015-16 school year–Linda Czubinski, whose paraprofessional/ educational aide position at Glenwood was eliminated, bumped Lori Thomas, four-hour library/clinic aide position at Glenwood; Lori Thomas bumped Traci Cortese from her second position, the two-hour cook/ cashier at Glenwood; Lisa Gangwer-Kohl bumped Adel Santellana from her second position, the two-hour playground aide position at Glenwood; Mary Meek declined a second position; Traci Cortese accepted the two- hour playground aide at Eagle Point as her second position; Michelle Millsaps and Adel Santellana were left without a second position; Cheryl Rodgers accepted a voluntary layoff; all effective August 19.
•Rescinded a supplemental contract issued to Pam Rangel for building checks for the administration building, student services and Bulldog Center for 2015-16; previously approved on May 18.
•Approved revised supplemental contract to Katie Grinonneau to provide 7.5 hours of reading instruction and 7.5 hours of math instruction for extended school year services for an elementary student, effective June 8 through August 14; previously at 4.5 hours each of reading and math instruction.
•Approved a $25 per hour stipend for teachers who attend year end data analysis (short cycle assessments, STAR and OAA results), building leadership team meetings, units of study development year end data analysis, assessment development meetings, district instructional enhancement trainings, and district leadership team meetings outside of the contract period.
•Entered into an agreement with the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West (ESCLEW) for at large school improvement consultant services for 2015-16.
•Entered into an agreement with ESCLEW for psychological, speech language pathologist, adapted physical education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, audiologist, supplemental services-deaf and hard of hearing, and supplemental services-visually impaired services for 2015-16.
Other Business
In other business, the board:
•Waived the requirement for career tech programming for students in grades 7 and 8 for 2015-2016.
•Entered into an agreement with Northwest Ohio Computer Association for technical services for 2015-16.
•Entered into an agreement with Ohio School Plan for property, auto, liability, and violence insurance effective July 1, 2015, through July 1, 2016.
•Approved the new/revised policies on Evaluation of Principals and Other Administrators; Meeting State Performance Indicators; College Credit Plus Program; (New) Career Advising; Nonimmigrant Students and Foreign Exchange Students; (Delete) Intra-District Open Enrollment; Student Suicide; Graduation Requirements; Authorization to Make Electronic Fund Transfers, and Animals on District Property.
•Approved the 2015-16 Buckeye Association of School Administrators membership for Superintendent Creps.
•Approved payment to the National School Boards Association for their national connection fees for July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.
•Approved the public depository agreement with Huntington National Bank for active/interim funds belonging to the board of education with a depository contract ending June 6, 2020.
•Approved temporary appropriations in the amount of 50 percent of fiscal year 2015 ending appropriations and appropriations modifications for June 2015.
The next regular board meeting is at 6 p.m., Monday, July 20, at the Indian Hills board room, 401 Glenwood Road. The meeting is open to the public.


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Rossford lies at the heart of the Crossroads of America, an area experiencing tremendous economic growth, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. The city's population of approximately 6,000 is primarily a mix of descendants of Polish, Czechoslovakian, German and Ukrainian workers who came from Pennsylvania to work at the glass plant, now Pilkington.

Rossford was incorporated as a village in 1939 and as a city in 1971. The City is a municipal corporation which operates under its own charter and is governed by a mayor and seven-member City Council. Rossford is served by full-time police and part-time fire departments, dispatched from the neighboring Village of Walbridge.

The City maintains a Community Recreation Center and three parks, one of which,Veterans Memorial Park, features a seasonal marina along with picnic areas and diamonds and courts for baseball, tennis, basketball and volleyball.

Rossford has three elementary schools, Glenwood, Indian Hills and Eagle Point, a junior high and high school and All Saints parochial school for grades pre-kindergarten through eight.

The city boasts a public library and many service and community organizations such as the Rossford Business Association, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Its Rossford Community Service League sponsors annual activities such as a Valentine's Day Dance, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Memorial Day parades and their Christmas tree lighting.


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