The Swanton Board of Education decided Wednesday to invite the public to view district buildings after a request was made. Rather than hold individual tours, an open house at Swanton Middle School will be held in May.
A tour of district facilities could prove beneficial to interested residents, especially with the possible closing of the Swanton Middle School building and the potential of a future bond issue on the ballot.
“I think that we should be as accommodating as possible without disrupting staff and students,” said board member Kris Oberheim.
The board decided to hold a public tour of the middle school from 5-6:45 p.m. prior to the May 18 board meeting. Tours of Park and Crestwood elementary schools are also planned, but a date was not determined at the board meeting.
Early at the meeting, members of the Swanton High School quiz team were honored. The team won its league tournament to advance to the regional tournament.
At the regional tournament, the Swanton team’s two losses came to teams that qualified for the national tournament. They opened with a close lose to the Toledo School for the Arts before defeating Riverdale. The tournament came to an end for Swanton when they fell to Hicksville.
“So it seems like our draw was not the greatest, but they performed well and they performed admirably,” said coach Josh Eppert. “They have a lot to be proud of as a team.”
The team consists of: seniors Kira Cherry, Katie Dzyak, Josh Mitchell, Kyle Ricker, Eric Slink, Sam Williams, and Olivia Wood; juniors Hunter Eash, Austin Hill, Jarrett Macek, Cailey McArthur, Crystal McEwan, Natalie Walbolt, and Max Wegener-Crow; sophomores Everett Payton and Mikayla Rochelle; and freshman Haylee Pelland.
The starting lineup this year has been built around powerhouses Macek and Hill, who have started since both were freshmen, and has also featured Cherry, Dzyak, Mitchell, Slink, Williams, Wood, Eash, and Walbolt regularly in the rotation.
“They deserve all the credit,” said Eppert. “I just push them in the right direction and they do all the hard work.”
• Swanton treasurer Joyce Kinsman gave a quick update on the district finances. She said the district will likely not deficit- spend this fiscal year.
• The board voted 5-0 in favor of a wireless upgrade at Swanton Middle School. The upgrade is necessary with the roll-out of Chromebooks to students.
The project will cost $63,656.44 and will be done by Netech. The district anticipates reimbursement of $27,450 through Category 2 funding through the Erate process.
Brandon Schroth, director of technology, said much of the equipment for this project will be able to be reused in the future.
The contract requires competition of the project by the start of the 2016-17 school year.
• The board approved the Swanton Public Library’s 2016 permanent appropriations. Since it is a school district library, it must also be approved by the school district.
• The board approved personnel items by a 4-1 vote, with Chris Nijakowski voting no. Among the approvals was a three-year contract for Michael Vicars, director of student services.
Crestwood Elementary Principal Angela Belcher reported that 81 students were screened for kindergarten in March. She also said that Head Start students entering kindergarten visit on April 12 for a tour.
Family Fun Night and the Parents Club Carnival were held Thursday and Friday at Crestwood. Each grade level, along with office staff, donated a basket to the carnival.
Crestwood Elementary will hold its Right to Red celebration this week. Students will have a week filled with Summer Olympic activities.
Paulette Baz, Park Elementary principal, reported that AIR testing was in full swing at the school.
Arbor Day will be celebrated at Park School Friday at 9:15 a.m. with the Swanton Tree Commission. The fifth grade SAGE students are planning the program.
Park will celebrate Right to Read week May 16-20.
Principal Matt Smith reported that testing is also under way at the middle school. Also, middle school student council and SEED teamed up on April 15 to clean up litter and debris in Swanton.
The eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C., begins May 18.
High school principal Jason Longbrake reported that Mrs. Ward took several of her World Issues students to the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo’s 12 Annual Diversity Program. The keynote speaker was Dr. Irene Butter, a Holocaust survivor.
Drew Stambaugh can be reached at 419-335-2010 or on Twitter @Swan_Enterprise